Accessibility Services

Research Assistance

If a patron is unable to retrieve materials due to a sensory or physical disability, assistance is available at each location by appointment. A staff member will be assigned and usually can be expected to retrieve about 20 items from shelves or spend up to 30 minutes with a patron.

Any patron who has a UCF identification card and also has a disability that makes retrieving and photocopying materials difficult or impossible is eligible for assistance. More info…

Patrons with print disabilities who require an electronic version of a book or journal owned by UCF may request it via HathiTrust.

Library staffing precludes the ability to provide in-depth assistance such as reading content or interpreting graphs, tables, or charts to patrons. Patrons may wish to consider bringing an assistant for that purpose.

UCF Student Accessibility Services

Individuals with disabilities who need more assistance may inquire with UCF Student Accessibility Services, Ferrell Commons, Bldg. 7F, Room 185, (phone 407-823-2371, TTY/TDD only 407-823-2116). For accommodated testing purposes only, their computers have the following software: Dragon Naturally Speaking (Speech to Text), JAWS (Screen Reader), MAGic (Screen Magnification Software), Natural Reader (Text to Speech) and Read & Write Gold (Literacy Software).

For more detailed information check the UCF Student Accessibility Services Web site at http://sds.sdes.ucf.edu/.

John C. Hitt Library

Wheelchair Accessible Workstations and Study Rooms

Five wheelchair accessible computer workstations are available on the 2nd (main) floor near the Reference & Information Desk. Six study rooms have sufficient room for wheelchair turn around. Reserve a room here.

Assistive Technology

The John C. Hitt Library has several reading and listening aid devices. If you are unfamiliar with the assistive technology used in the library, UCF Student Accessibility Services keeps a list of Support Agencies that offer instruction on using it. This equipment is useful for persons with print related impairments who wish to conduct independent research using the Library’s electronic resources.

All public PCs provide the Windows “Ease of Access” suite of services (e.g. magnifier, narrator, on-screen keyboard) directly from the desktop.

Visit the following locations in the library for other equipment and software:

Second Floor (Main Entrance Floor)

  • 20 PCs between Circulation and the Knowledge Commons have Read & Write Gold software.
  • 6 computers with 40-inch monitors for easier viewing are located near the Research & Information Desk.
  • KIC Scanner, converts text into searchable pdfs, jpgs or mp3 files.

Third Floor (Periodicals/AV)

  • AT4E Computer with large print keyboard, JAWS and MAGic
  • Sorenson Video Phone. Video Relay Service for deaf and hard of hearing patrons. Check out the remote from the third floor desk.
  • Two KIC Scanners, convert text into searchable pdfs, jpgs or mp3 files.
  • Microfilm/microfiche reader lenses with greater magnification (up to 50x) may be installed on the machines; request assistance at the third floor desk.

Other accessible technology workstations with Jaws and MAGic are available at the following locations on the Orlando campus.

Rosen Library

The Rosen Library offers an accessible service counter located just inside the front doors and one computer workstation with Jaws and MAGic software, a large-print MAGic keyboard, and a large display (24 inch) monitor. Please contact us directly for additional assistance.

Curriculum Materials Center

The Curriculum Materials Center staff strive to serve the needs of every patron. Please let us know if you need additional assistance. Curriculum Materials Center copiers and printers are configured to be ADA compliant and accessible to patrons with physical disabilities.

There is an accessible computer (large display monitor and MAGic keyboard) that includes Jaws, MAGic, MAGic Eye, and Read & Write software.

Regional Campus Libraries

Accessibility services vary at each regional campus location. Please view your Regional Campus Libraries’ services page for more information.

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