The University Libraries is committed to providing an inclusive and accessible experience to all library users. This page provides information that may be of particular interest to users with disabilities. Should you need additional information about or assistance with library access and services, please ask at the nearest service desk or contact the library.

The Libraries’ ADA Coordinator is Angela Wright, and Melissa Green supports our technology accessibility efforts.

Library Facilities

Parking

Accessible parking spaces are designated on the campus parking map and accessibility map. University Accessible parking permit holders and visitors with state-issued accessible parking plates or placards who purchase a Day Visitor permit may park in any legal non-reserved space.

General information about library parking can be found on our Parking & Visiting Information page.

Entrances

Curb cuts and accessible entrances are designated on the accessibility map.

These library entrances have push-button door openers:

  • Bruno Library: Stadium Drive entrance (ramp access) and quadrangle-side entrance (ground level)
  • Gorgas Library: Capstone Drive entrance (ground level)
  • Hoole Library: Hackberry Lane entrance (ground level)
  • McLure Library: University Boulevard entrance (ramp access)
  • Rodgers Library: Entrance across from Fresh Food Company and SERC (ramp access)

Elevators

All library floors are accessible by elevator with the following exceptions:

  • McLure Library’s lower level cannot be accessed by elevator. Wheelchair access to the lower level is available:
    • Weekdays only through a tunnel from Graves Hall. You must call the service desk at McLure Library at (205) 348-6055 before using this route.
    • With card access, through a door on the south side of the basement (facing University Boulevard). Users must request card access from the Office of Disability Services.
  • There is no wheelchair access to the 2nd floor of McLure Library. There is elevator access to the stacks area of the 2nd floor; however, the stacks themselves are not wheelchair-accessible, and there is no access to other areas of the floor.

Restrooms

Restrooms in the library are wheelchair accessible with the following exceptions:

  • Gorgas Library has two fully accessible restrooms: one on the 1st floor (near the Information Desk) and one on the 4th floor (staff floor, not accessible after 4:45 pm). The restroom on the second floor is accessible to most wheelchairs.
  • McLure Library only has restrooms on the lower level, which cannot be accessed by elevator. Wheelchair access to the lower level is available:
    • Weekdays only through a tunnel from Graves Hall. You must call the service desk at McLure Library at (205) 348-6055 before using this route.
    • With card access, through a door on the south side of the basement (facing University Boulevard). Users must request card access from the Office of Disability Services.

Telephones

All libraries have wheelchair accessible courtesy telephones. If you need help locating a telephone, please ask at the nearest service desk.

Rescue Assistance

In the event of an emergency, if you are unable to evacuate or need assistance evacuating, contact the University of Alabama Police Department (UAPD) at (205) 348-5454 and provide your location within the building. Attempt to get to an Area of Rescue Assistance and use the call button to notify UAPD of your location.

  • Bruno Library: Areas of Rescue Assistance are the located in the north and south stairwells, first and second floors.
  • Gorgas Library: Areas of Rescue Assistance are the located in the northwest and northeast interior stairwells, southeast and southwest stairwells.

Library Materials and Services

Upon request, library staff can assist library users with disabilities with:

  • Using research tools such as Scout, the classic catalog, databases, e-book and e-journal collections, and more
  • Locating and retrieving library materials
  • Looking for digital versions of library materials
  • Making copies or scanning documents on public photocopiers and scanners as time permits (when possible, please contact the library in advance for this service)
  • Arranging extended loan periods for course reserve materials
  • Using accessibility and other software available in the Libraries

The following information about library materials and services may be of particular interest to users with disabilities.

Alternate Formats

Many of the Libraries’ materials already exist in electronic versions; check Scout, the classic catalog, our databases, or the e-book and e-journal collections to see if there is an existing electronic copy of the material you seek.

The University of Alabama Libraries is a HathiTrust partner institution. Users with print disabilities receive special access to in-copyright materials in HathiTrust if the materials are held currently, or have been held previously, by the Libraries. See HathiTrust Print Disabilities Access: Service Description and Requirements for terms and conditions. Associate Dean Millie Jackson is the Libraries’ Proxy.

Audio, large-print, or Braille versions of books may be available through Interlibrary Loan.

Public scanners are available in Bruno, Gorgas, McLure, and Rodgers libraries. Adobe Acrobat DC software can be used to convert scanned materials into accessible PDFs. It is installed on all computers in Bruno, Gorgas, Hoole, McLure, and Rodgers libraries.

For additional alternate format needs, contact the Office of Disability Services.

Electronic Resources

Accessibility information for library databases, e-book and e-journal platforms, and other electronic resources can be found in our Technology Accessibility LibGuides. There are also guides to the accessibility software available in the Libraries and the accessibility features that come standard with the operating systems and other software on our public computers.

Renewals

Library users can renew items online via My Library.

Once a year, all items must be physically brought to the library to be renewed. Circulation Services is happy to arrange for assistance with this process if needed; please contact one of the librarians listed on the Renewing page before the due date.

Proxy Borrowing

Library users with disabilities can authorize another person to check out materials on their account by completing a Proxy Borrowing Form and submitting it to any of the University Libraries. A proxy borrower may be a student, staff person, or immediate family member. Items can also be borrowed through interlibrary loan by proxy.

Research Help

Library users may request help at the nearest service desk or by contacting the library.

Subject specialists provide in-depth assistance with your research needs. Contact a subject specialist for research help via email or telephone or to set up an appointment.

The Ask a Librarian electronic reference service provides instant answers to many frequently asked questions. Search for instant answers; if nothing matches, submit your question for a quick response.

Explore subject and course-specific resources in Research Guides curated by UA librarians.

These Tutorials and Instructional Videos are designed to help you use library services and resources.

Tours and Instruction

Personal tours based on individual interests and access needs can be arranged through your subject specialist librarian.

Melissa Green can provide instruction on accessibility software in the Libraries and accessibility features of library hardware, software, and electronic resources.

Library Technologies

Computers Workstations

All libraries have wheelchair accessible computer workstations. If you need help locating a workstation, please ask at the nearest service desk.

Assistive Software

Information about the accessibility software available in the Libraries can be found on the Libraries’ Software List. Screen magnification (ZoomText) and reading (JAWS, ZoomText) software is available, along with text to speech software (NaturalReader) and software for music notation and conversion (GOODFEEL, Lime, and SharpEye).

Many accessibility features come standard with the operating systems and other software on our public computers. Our Technology Accessibility LibGuides will help you learn more about these features and how to use them. There are also guides with accessibility information for library databases, e-book and e-journal platforms, and other electronic resources.

Assistive Equipment

Laptops, iPads, and headphones are available for checkout at most of our libraries. Hoole Library also offers a video magnifier.

Accessibility at UA

In keeping with its mission and in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the ADA Amendments Act of 2008, and other applicable laws, The University of Alabama is committed to providing qualified persons with disabilities an equal opportunity to participate in and benefit from all programs and services offered by the University.

UA Libraries works with campus partners such as the Office of Disabilities Services (ODS), Office of Equal Opportunity Programs, Department of Human Resources, and the CIT Emerging Technology and Accessibility group to ensure our programs and services are inclusive and accessible and to provide reasonable and appropriate accommodations.