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The library staff is committed to assisting all library users in finding information, developing strategies for conducting effective library research, and learning how to use the library and its resources. Library staff will attempt to accommodate the needs of users who identify themselves as disabled or differently abled. As with all library transactions, an individual's requests for assistance are confidential.

Services Offered

Research Desk Service
Reference staff will read brief sections from reference materials, and longer passages from reference materials as time permits. This includes definitions, directory entries, OBIS listings, index citations, etc.

Research Appointments
Schedule an individual research appointment for research assistance or orientation to the Library and its resources.

Reference staff are unable to provide extensive look-ups, index searches, reading, note-taking, form completion, etc. Library users who require such services should confer with Office of Disability Services staff to make appropriate arrangements.

Audio File Availability

Some library databases and online reference sources now make audio versions of their text files available: Factiva, Gale Virtual Reference Library, selected content in EBSCOHost. Ebrary has a build in text-to-speech setting.  For more information contact the Research Help Desk at (440) 775-5031 or reference@oberlin.edu.

Item Retrieval

Users unable to retrieve their own materials from the general stacks are encouraged to ask for assistance from the circulation staff.

Circulation of Materials

Readers from Student Support Services may arrange for extended loan periods for reserve materials.

Patrons unable to come in to the library to return reserve or recalled materials should ask a friend or RC to return the materials for them. If this is not possible, they must call a desk supervisor to discuss the situation.

Requests to check out "library use only" materials

The library staff will consider requests to circulate on a short-term basis materials normally restricted to "library use only."

Equipment and Facility Use

Use of backup elevator

In the case of a breakdown of the only public elevator in the Main Library going to the A-Level, circulation staff will arrange to use one of the keyed elevators to assist users in reaching the A-Level.

Adaptive Technologies Center
The Library provides space in the Main Library for the Adaptive Technologies Center in Mudd, Room 204. Keys for access to this room may be checked out at the main circulation desk.

Text Magnifying Unit
Aladdin Classic black and white CCTV text magnifying units are available in the Academic Commons near the microform reader area and in the Conservatory Library. .

Art Library elevator access
The Art Library is not fully accessible without special assistance to patrons unable to use stairs. Patrons needing elevator access to the Art Library may call the Art Library staff at (440) 775-8635 for assistance.


For further information and assistance with the devices contact the Office of Disability Services at (440) 775-5588.

For comments, suggestions, additions contact Jennifer Starkey, Library Liaison to the Office of Disability Services. .


Last updated:
September 01, 2015