Services for Students with Disabilities

Physical Accessibility

Safe and accessible parking is provided near the library entrance with level walkways and gradually sloping ramps leading to the front doors. A mechanically operated entrance/exit door is available for access by those with physical disabilities. Within the building, handrails are provided on stairways, restrooms are designed for ready access, and lower mirrors and drinking fountains are available for wheelchair users. Braille floor numbers are mounted next to floor selection buttons in elevators.
Assistive Technology Workstations in Lobby Area
The S.E. Wimberly Library has four assistive technology workstations available for use by persons with disabilities located in the lobby near the Instruction and Engagement Department. The equipment, which has ADA compliant software, is set up on study carrels with extra high table tops to accommodate persons in wheelchairs. Adaptive technology software available on both these assistive technology workstations computers includes:


Read and Write 

Read & Write for Mac and PC integrates with familiar applications (i.e. Microsoft Word, Apple Pages, Safari, and Adobe Reader) giving access to features for reading, writing, studying, and research support from within programs used every day.


This program reads out loud everything that appears on the monitor with its own speech synthesis named Eloquence, allowing an individual with any visual impairment to have access to the Internet and electronic databases. Certain keys come programmed to stop reading, spell words, resume reading and other functions. The software reads everything that appears on the monitor, even the commands from drop-down menus. Some of the customized settings offer a choice of voices and reading speeds. Earphones are available at the Service Desk to allow for privacy.


This software is a magnifier that allows individuals to view the computer screen by use of electronic magnification and color sensory imaging.  


PCs and MACs have the following hardware:

Keys-U-Can See Keyboard
A USB keyboard that has large print keys that are easy to see, even in low light, and includes internet, multimedia, and energy-saver hotkeys. 


Ablenet Large Mouse/TrackBall  
A USB mouse that includes a large 3-in / 7.62-cm trackball. The sturdy base of BIGtrack 2.0 allows the user to easily move and position the mouse cursor on the computer screen while using fine or gross motor movements of the hand, arm, or foot. Once the mouse cursor is positioned, two over-sized buttons are available for left and right clicking.


Other Special Services

People are encouraged to ask for basic library instruction at the Instruction and Engagement Office. If the Instruction and Engagement Office is not staffed, other library public service staff members will provide reference assistance to the best of their ability.

FAU students, faculty, and staff, as well as PBSC South Campus students, who require more in-depth instruction in the use of the library and its services, may schedule by appointment a library consultation.

The staff of Access Services (Circulation/Reserve/Current Periodicals & Microforms) will assist students with disabilities by retrieving materials and photocopying materials as needed. Requests for assistance will be handled by staff within 15 - 30 minutes after a request has been submitted. However, if staffing at the desk is limited or the staff cannot assist the student at the time of a request, the student and the staff will mutually agree upon a time shortly afterward when the student may best be assisted. Please note that staff will be best able to provide assistance 8am to 5pm, Monday through Friday.

Special Collections is located on the second floor, east wing.  The hours are Monday to Thursday 1-4 pm or by appointment.   All collections are stored in closed stacks; materials are paged for use in the Special Collections reading area.  Staff will assist users with disabilities as required and will provide copies of materials should a disabled user wish to read at an assistive device.  Unaffiliated users will be asked to reimburse the costs of photocopying or scanning.

All FAU students with disabilities are encouraged to register with the Student Accessibility Services. Telephone: (561) 297-3880, Monday - Friday, 8am -5pm.

Questions regarding public service policies should be directed to Dawn Smith, Assistant Director of Public Services.

Last modified at 09/27/2018 - 12:03 PM