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Disability Services

The Library is committed to ensuring that its services and programs are accessible to all patrons.

Research Assistance

  • If a patron is unable to retrieve materials due to a sensory or physical disability, assistance is available from the Circulation Desk. 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. See for more information.
  • Librarians cannot provide in-depth assistance such as reading content or interpreting graphs, tables, or charts to patrons. Patrons should bring an assistant for that purpose.

Personal Assistance

According to the Student Disability Services Student Handbook, “UCF is not responsible for providing personal assistants, individually prescribed devices, readers for personal use or study, or other devices or services of a personal nature.” Therefore, patrons must bring an assistant who can aid in conducting research.

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. To reserve a room click here.

Assistive Technology

The John C. Hitt Library has several reading and listening aid devices. Individuals should be trained to get the most benefit from the equipment. If you are unfamiliar with the assistive technology used in the library, UCF Student Disability 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.

UCF Computer Services

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

UCF Student Disability Services

Individuals with disabilities who need more assistance may inquire with UCF Student Disability 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 Disability Services Web site at

Last updated February 25, 2015 2:07:24 PM

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