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Information about accessibility of library materials, programs, and services for all students.

Services for Persons with Disabilities

The University Library is committed to providing accessibility of library materials, programs, and services to all students. Staff working in public areas will make every effort to accommodate requests from library users whose disabilities limit their use of the Library's facilities and resources. If services are needed beyond those listed, or if you have questions or suggestions, please contact Library Administration at (562) 985-4047.

Disabled patrons requiring more extensive assistance may be referred to Disabled Student Services for better accommodation.

The University Library continues to develop resources to meet current ADA standards to ensure equal access to information for students with disabilities.

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Braille Resources/ Audiobooks

Braille Resources/Audio Books
Webster's Students Braille Dictionary is available in the Disabled Students Study Room, Lower Level, Room 9. All elevators are equipped with signs in Braille type. Additionally, the Children's Literature Collection, 2nd Floor, contains braille translations of selected original works.

Audio Books are located in Media on the Lower Level and are available for check-out.


The Spidell Technology Center on the 1st Floor has more than 200 state-of-the-art computers for students, featuring Microsoft Office, internet applications, access to 180+ electronic research databases, Adobe Reader, and course specific applications. Screen reading software and text enlarging software are available on any Spidell Technology Center computer. A computer on a height adjustable table is also available in the Spidell Technology Center.

Emergency Proceedures

Emergency Procedures
In case of an emergency, persons with disabilities should utilize the campus emergency phones. In case of an evacuation, persons with disabilities that limit their ability to evacuate the building should go to the elevator lobby areas on each floor. These areas have been designated as emergency sanctuary points, with identifying signs posted at each location. Campus emergency personnel will assist disabled persons in evacuating the library building.

Library Materials Loan Period

Library Materials Loan Period
Resources permitting, extended loan periods or modification of other library lending rules are available for disabled students on an individual basis. Requests for loan extensions should be referred to Vicky Munda at (562) 985-5567 or by email.

Locating and Retrieving Materials

Locating Materials
COAST is the web-based catalog of all library materials, indicating every item's location in the library and checkout status. All public computers in the Library have access to COAST, with adaptive software available from computers in the Spidell Technology Center. An adaptive workstation in the Spidell Technology Center has a wheelchair height adjustable table.

Retrieving Materials
Standard library book trucks are available at the Circulation Desk for patrons requiring assistance transporting library materials. Library staff at any service desk can assist patrons in obtaining materials from any library location that is inaccessible. If immediate paging cannot be done, staff may make arrangements to have materials available the following day.

Most, but not all, stack areas in the Library have ADA aisle widths to accommodate wheelchairs. Library staff at any service desk can assist patrons in obtaining materials from the stacks and is managed by the CSULB Disabled Student Services Program.


Handicapped parking spaces are available for those with current C S U L B parking permits in Lot 6, located directly behind the University Library. For visitors without a C S U L B permit, day passes are available for purchase in Lot 7, located near 7th Street and East Campus Drive. Parking along the service drive next to 7th Street has designated handicapped parking spaces for vehicles with a current C S U L B parking permit.


For patrons unable to use the copiers, materials may be brought to the Circulation Desk, (1st Floor, Lobby Entrance) for photocopying by library staff. A copy card with sufficient value to make the copies can be purchased from the Value Transfer Station, located on the 1st Floor. If immediate copying is not possible, the staff may make arrangements to have the copies available for the patron on the following day.

Proxy Borrower Cards

Proxy Borrower Cards
Disabled patrons may designate an individual to borrow books on their behalf. The designee will be issued a proxy borrower card. The principal borrower assumes all financial and legal responsibilities for all materials borrowed by the designee on the proxy card. Applications for a proxy borrower card are available at the Circulation Desk, First Floor, Lobby Entrance.

Remote Access to Electronic Resources

Remote Access to Electronic Resources
Students may access COAST and Research Databases from off-campus. Students must register with the Library and have a Library Password. Requirements for off site access are available at /library/access.html


Restrooms on all floors can accommodate patrons with disabilities.

Study Room

Study Room
The Disabled Students Study Room is located on the Lower Level, Room 013. This room is designated as a library study room for use by students with disabilities, whether individually or with an attendant or reader. This room is for use by students with a disability and who are registered with the CSULB Disabled Student Services Program. Students must acquire a personalized access code from Disabled Student Services to use this study room.

For information on the adaptive equipment and software and assistance in the study room, contact Disabled Student Services.

Webster's Students Braille Dictionary is also available in the study room.

Text Enlargers

Text Enlargers/Vision Aids
Text enlargers are available throughout the library building, including the Disabled Students Group Study Room (Room 9, Lower Level).

A portable, hand-held CCTV color text enlarger (Liberty Color) is available for three hour checkout from the circulation desk, 1st floor. This enlarger can be used throughout the library building, and is ideal to enlarge small text, such as call numbers on book spines, etc.

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