Library Disabilities Services
Library Services to Patrons With Disabilities
Special accommodation requests not addressed below should be directed to Andrew Bonamici, Associate University Librarian for Instructional Services, at 346-2682 or 346-3056.
Reference and Research Assistance
Walk-in and telephone reference is available to help you design efficient research strategies, interpret reference works, search the Internet and locate information resources. In the Knight Library, the reference desk is located on the first floor. The Knight Library reference telephone reference number is 346-1818. Contact the science librarians at 346-2661 and the architecture & allied arts librarians at 346-3637. You can also reach any reference service desk via an operator-assisted connection.
The UO Libraries provide email reference service to all members of the UO community and others who have access to email. Email questions are usually answered within 24 hours. The address for submitting reference questions is: email@example.com
Individual Research Consultation
Patrons needing extensive assistance identifying and locating research sources should call or e-mail ahead and make an appointment with a subject specialist librarian.
Locating or Reaching Library Materials
Provide the staff at any service desk with the location information for your items and the staff person will retrieve a reasonable number of items at any time. If you have a large number of items to retrieve, the staff person can get several for you to start with and the rest of the list can be taken to the checkout desk at the particular library. The materials will then be paged within 24 hours (during the week) and held for you.
Course reserves provides students with the books and non-print items that are required materials for course work. Reserve items are placed in specially designated areas within the library and given shortened loan periods. Course reserves include syllabi, books, lecture notes, journal articles, class assignments, sample tests, videos, audio cassettes, and other relevant information to support classroom instruction. Course Reserves are searched either by the instructor's name or the course number (e.g. bio 466).
Borrowing Library Materials Using a Proxy
If patrons with disabilities want another person to do library work for them, they may apply for a UO Library Proxy card. Please contact staff at the Knight Checkout Desk at 541/346-3065 for more information to obtain this service.
All photocopiers use a UO ID or a copy card with electronic campus cash.
Library staff will photocopy materials for patrons with disabilites upon request. You may ask staff at any service desk for assistance; you must provide the cash or campus cash for the cost of the copies. If you have more copying than can be done immediately, you may leave your campus cash card with the staff and they will arrange for it to be done within 24 hours.
Learning about the Library can be facilitated by customized tours or instruction. Library guides also can be made available in other formats. If you are interested in customized instruction or accommodations for Library credit classes, contact Barbara Jenkins, Head, Reference and Instruction, at 346-1925.
Off-Campus Access to Databases
Off-campus access provides easy access to any library electronic resources. Most of these resources have restrictions that limit their off-campus use to UO faculty, students and staff. If you do not use the UO as your Internet provider, you can access these databases by using several proxy server options. If you have questions about off-campus databases, call the Knight Library Reference Desk at 346-1818.
Adaptive Technology Workstation
All the public computers in the Library are now equipped with Zoomtext voice-output software. In addition, all Academic Workstations have Kurzweil software, which provides text to speech conversion.
The UO Library has about 6,000 item video and DVD collection which cover all disciplines. Most of the titles in these collections have been purchased at the request of faculty to support their instructional activities. These materials can be requested at the Knight Library Checkout/Information Desk (videotapes) and at the Douglass Listening Room Desk (DVDs). Some of the videos and DVDs have closed-captioning. Contact Laura Willey regarding questions about using videos.
Knight Library: The east front entrance of the Library has a ramp leading to the door with a push button access. For Special Collections access there is an elevator on the first floor in the west hallway, just beyond the Checkout/Information Desk. Call 541/346-3065 for more information.
Architecture & Allied Arts Library: From the south entrance of Lawrence Hall go straight to the far end of the hall. The elevator is near the exit. Between Pacific Hall and Lawrence Hall (from the parting lot near Franklin Street), enter the door and go right to the elevator. Go up to the second floor and then straight to the other end of the hall (Room 200). Call 541/346-3637 for more information.
Science Library: Go to the south entrance to Onyx Bridge building and take the elevator down to the basement and turn right. The doors to the Library will be open. Call 541/346-3075 for more information.
John E. Jaqua Law Library: A ramp leads to the main entrance to the School of Law on 15th and Agate Streets. The elevator is on the right. Go to the second floor and down the hall (Room L270).
Call 541/346-3088 for more information.
Mathematics Library: The Mathematics Library is located in Fenton Hall. For access information, contact the Mathematics Library at 541/346-3023.
Oregon Institute of Marine Biology Library: Contact Barbara Butler, Head, OIMB Library at 541/888-2581.
Portland Library and Learning Commons: Contact library staff at 503/412-3671.
Our goal is to be as helpful as possible in providing access to buildings, collections, and services to all patrons. Any fee-based services must be paid by the patron or by the Office of Student Services if applicable.
Adaptive Technology Labs for UO students
The University also offers access to adaptive technology in many locations around campus. Students must be referred to the Adaptive Technology Adviser by the Counselor for Students with Disabilities. For more information, talk with James Bailey, Adaptive Technology Advisor at 346-1076.