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Accessibility Resources

Research Assistance

If you walk in or call the library all of the library staff can assist you. The main library phone number is (208) 426-1204. Library staff can assist you with choosing the best database and keywords to use depending on your topic. Online chat is available on the website.

Staff members will pull books or other items from the collection for you to pick up at the Circulation Desk. The library calls this an “On Shelf Hold.”

To place an “On Shelf Hold” you can call (208) 426-1204. You can also make the request via the library’s website.

To obtain additional support contact or visit the Educational Access Center. You can set up research appointments with both your liaison librarian and staff from the Educational Access Center to search for information in way that works best for you. A liaison librarian is a librarian that partners with faculty and students in each major.

Libraries purchase access to databases and these vendors provide varying levels of access. You may be unable to increase the font, or the article may not be enabled with optical character recognition (OCR), or may not function with a screen reader. The library staff will find a solution for you.

Some databases have voluntary product accessibility templates where you can consult the types of accessibility they offer. A link to a list of these is available at this link: http://uniaccessig.org/lua/vpat-repository/.

Adaptive Technology

iPads are available for check out for three days or in library use only. The iPads include the apps Dragon Dictation, Verbally, and AudioNote.

The Educational Access Center maintains voice recognition adaptive equipment (Dragon NaturallySpeaking) in room 301J on the third floor of Albertsons Library. Ask at the first floor Circulation Desk for keys to unlock and access this room.

Computers run either Windows 7 or Windows 8 operating systems.

Library computers are equipped with JAWS and Zoom Text. To start JAWS use Ctrl+Alt+J. This web page is a list of all of the software included on the library computers.

Electronic magnifiers (CCTV) are available in Library 301J and on the first floor just east of the main printer station.

Computer Access

Desks on the first floor closest to the Starbucks coffee shop near the front entrance, and near the elevator lobby, that are taller in order to accommodate mobility devices.

A standing, adjustable height workstation is available for users who need to adjust the height of the workstation. This workstation is located in the middle of the first floor.

If you are a public user with mobility issue you may request to use an appropriate desk as the four designated public desks are standing height.

Library Spaces

The library has different types of spaces to accommodate your needs including group study rooms, quiet spaces (McCain Room on the 2nd floor and 3rd floor), comfortable seating, individual study, silent study rooms, a makerspace, and multimedia rooms.

Copying and Printing

General information is available at the website overview of Printing, Photocopying and Scanning in Albertsons Library. Further assistance is available, please inquire at the first floor Circulation Desk.

Library Contacts

Mary Aagard 208-426-4025 Assistant Professor, Head, Access Services

Transportation and Parking

Accessible parking availability at Boise State University.