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Services for Users with Disabilities

Electronic Library Access

Borrowing

Reference Services

Retrieval Services

Renewal

Photocopy Assistance

Large Type Printing

Accessibility Equipment

Further Assistance

The University of Florida's libraries provide a number of special services to ensure access to library collections and services for individuals with physical disabilities. To take advantage of these services, register at the Circulation Desk at Library West, the Health Science Center Library, or the Legal Information Center. It is library policy to respond to requests for assistance and to provide equipment needed in a timely manner. If what you need is not available, please ask at the circulation desk in any library.

Electronic Library Access

Many UF Libraries' resources and services are available electronically outside the libraries.  For more information, consult the George A. Smathers Libraries home page which is available 7 days per week, 24 hours per day anywhere there is access to the Internet.

Borrowing

Proxy Borrower Authorization:  Apply at Library West for a Proxy Borrower privilege.  This authorizes another individual to serve as a proxy and check out library material on behalf of a user with disabilities.

Non-Circulating Materials: Arrange for a special short-term loan to use non-circulating materials with equipment at the Disability Resource Center, 001 Reid Hall.

Reference Services

All library reference desks provide assistance in locating and using library resources.  Limited reference service is available by telephone.

In-depth research consultation and database searches are available on request in some libraries or by scheduled appointment in others.

Submit reference questions via electronic mail or interactive chat by clicking "Ask a Librarian" on the UF Libraries' Home Page and then selecting the desired service.

Handouts explaining how to use library resources are available in most libraries and through the UF Libraries' Home Page.

Retrieval Services

Some Library West items (0-999 call numbers) and all storage materials are currently housed off campus.  To request them, go to the library catalog from the UF Libraries' Home Page and sign in, then search for the items needed.  If a "request" button appears in the catalog record, click on it and follow the instructions.  If it does not appear, click on the "Retrieval Help" tab and complete the form.  Materials will be delivered to the Library West Circulation Desk for pick up within 24 hours

Registered disabled users may request that a specific item be retrieved by phoning the appropriate circulation desk. Generally, available items will be retrieved within two hours and held for pickup by the user or his/her proxy at the relevant circulation desk. More time may be required for retrieval during evening and weekends because fewer staff are available. Please call before coming to the library to verify that the item is available.

Renewal

Renew items you have checked out by going to the UF Libraries catalog and clicking on the "renewals/library account" button.

Enter your Gatorlink username and password.  For verification, enter the month and date of your birth (0804 for August 4).

On the next screen, click the button marked "loans."

You will see a list of things that you have checked out.  At this point, you can select the "renew all" button at the top of the list or renew items individually by clicking on the number in front of each.  Then click on the "renew" link on the next page that you see.

Photocopy Assistance

Library photocopiers are self-service and use either a Gator-One for UF affiliated users, or a guest card for non-affiliates. More information can be found at http://www.uflib.ufl.edu/printing/

Staff will make copies if materials are brought to the circulation desk with a Gator-One/Guest card that has sufficient value to make the copies. Cash will not be accepted. Copies will be made as soon as possible, depending on staff availability, and generally will require no more than two hours for 20 pages or fewer. While care will be taken to make good copies, the library will not accept responsibility for any bad copies. The library reserves the right to refuse requests that would take an unreasonable amount of staff time to accomplish or which would, in the opinion of staff, be in violation of United States copyright law.

Large Type Printing

Upon request, library staff will print this and other handouts in large type for individuals with print-related disabilities.

Accessibility Equipment

All campus libraries have computers accessible to persons in wheelchairs.

Fonts may be enlarged on library workstations by clicking "text size "  then "increase" under View on the toolbar.

Library West provides a Topaz Desktop Magnifier and a Sapphire Portable Video Magnifier for patrons.

The Marston Science Library provides a Topaz Desktop Magnifier and a Sapphire Portable Video Magnifier for patrons.

Contact the Disability Resource Center at 392-8565 for additional help.

Further Assistance

Library general assistance: Public Service telephone numbers

Library web questions: Libraries webmaster

Campus general assistance: accessuf@dso.ufl.edu

Library reference assistance:  Ask a Librarian service

UF Americans with Disabilities Act Compliance Office:  http://ada.ufl.edu

UF Disability Resource Center: http://www.dso.ufl.edu/drc

Emergency Evacuation Procedures for People with Disabilities: http://www.ada.ufl.edu/publications/emergency.html

TDD 1-800-955-8771 or dial 711 and ask for any library phone number listed at http://www.uflib.ufl.edu/allphon.html