The faculty and staff of the University Library are committed to providing access to its materials and services for disabled users. This guide outlines the services available:

Parking and Entrances

Six Handicapped spaces are available in the North parking lot near the JagTran stop. A sidewalk leads to the East entrance. Two Handicapped spaces are near the loading dock on the West side of the library. A ramp on the dock leads to the West entrance.

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All floors of the Library are accessible by the elevators on the North and South sides of the building. The elevator control panels are at wheelchair level and have Braille indicators. The elevators also have audible signals and an emergency speaker telephone.

Special Student Services

Students are required to register with USA’s Special Student Services 251-460-7212 (SC 270) in order to receive assistance campus wide. Special Student Services has a lab (SC 208) designed for disabled students which provides a variety of products, such as Braille and regular printers, CCTVs for magnification and test taking, scanner to convert text to be read on personal computers or in the  lab, and JAWS software. Contact Special Student Services for a complete list of services and resources available.

Braille and Recorded Books

Special Student Services will assist with registration for RFB&D (Recordings for the Blind & Dyslexic) which offers titles in every subject area and grade level, including audio textbooks on CD and downloadable audio textbooks. All branches of the Mobile Public Library have large print books, recorded books and Closed Captioned videos. The Mobile Public Library also provides information and applications for The National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped through the Library of Congress which administers a free national program to provide audiobooks on disks and cassettes and special equipment on which to play them. Call your local branch of MPL for more information.

Computer Access

There are public terminals that are accessible to persons in wheelchairs. Wireless access for personal laptops is available on all floors of the University Library.

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Requests for Book Retrieval

When in the Library, the Circulation Desk will accept requests to have library materials retrieved from the circulating book shelves for in-library use or check out. Disabled students and faculty may also call the Circulation Desk (251-460-7028) and request retrieval of up to 10 titles. Available items will be held for 3 days for pickup at the Circulation Desk.

Information Desks

Public Service Librarians are available to provide assistance in locating information on research topics. You may contact us by telephone, email ( or Live Chat (under Ask a Librarian on the Library homepage).  Users are encouraged to telephone in advance to schedule appointments.

Reference Services:(251) 460-7025             Government Documents/Serials (251) 460-7024

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Library photocopiers are self-service and operate using a TRACcard. Disabled users who experience difficulty in making copies may request Circulation staff (First Floor) or Reference/Copy Service staff (Second Floor North) to make copies for them.  Allow 24 hours for this service. Copies are 10 cents per page.

Courtesy Telephone

A courtesy telephone is located in the Atrium near the circular staircase and the North elevators.

Rest Rooms

All floors have wheelchair accessible rest rooms. Signs near doors will indicate accessibility.

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If the fire alarm sounds and flashes, do NOT use the elevators. Wait by the stairs and the library staff and emergency personnel will come to you.


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