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Services for Persons with Disabilities

WSU Libraries offers services and materials for library users with disabilities.

Assistive Technologies in WSU Pullman campus libraries

Assistance across Libraries 

Access to collections:  Stacks are ADA-spaced; for retrieval of materials and other assistance ask at Access Services (Circulation) Desks. 

Assistance with specific disciplinary materials (selection, purchase, library instruction, reference, research consultation, etc.):  Contact the liaison librarian listed on the Subject Specialist Librarian List

Ease of Access Tools on public workstations--see box on the right: Public Workstation Assistive Technology

Earphones:  Media Materials & Reserves (ground floor, Holland and Terrell Libraries)

 Audiobooks; Large-print or braille materials; closed-caption videos: in WSU WorldCat do a keyword search for 'audiobooks,' 'large print,' 'braille,' or 'closed captioned' and then select format, content, topic, etc. in the left column

Holland/Terrell Libraries

Reference assistance:  Specialized reference services are available. For assistance contact the Holland and Terrell Libraries Reference Desk at 335-8516. For assistance with specific subject disciplines, contact the designated liaison librarian. Appointments for research consultations with a librarian may also be arranged.

Assistive technologies:

  • Wheelchair accessible computer on height-adjustable table (reference area on 1st floor; ask Reference Librarian for adjustment); trackball mouse available at the Circulation Desk
  • Kurzweil Reader (reference area on 1st floor)
  • Spectrum video magnifying monitor (Optelec) (reference area on 1st floor)
  • Magnifying glass (reference desk on 1st floor)
  • Magnifying glass on stand (Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections on Ground Floor)
  • TDD phone - Telecommunications Device for the Deaf (hallway between old and new libraries, 1st floor)
  • Group study rooms with whiteboards in Terrell Library--reserve online here: http://calendar.libraries.wsu.edu/booking/groupstudy (1st, ground, and basement floors; check out whiteboard markers from the Circulation Desk)


Building access:  Entrance equipped with automatic door; ramp to rotunda area. Some inner doors to public units do not have automatic access. The elevators are located in the hallway connecting the old and new libraries and are wheelchair accessible. Restrooms, also wheelchair-accessible, are on 1st, ground, and basement floors in hallway connecting old and new buildings.

Parking:  Underground parking garage beneath the Holland and Terrell Libraries, enter from Colorado St.

Disability parking in the Compton Union Building (CUB) parking lot (east end of the building); enter CUB from parking lot and continue through to Terrell Library at the west end of that floor.

Owen Science & Engineering Library

Reference assistance: Specialized reference services are available. For assistance contact the Owen Library Reference Desk at 335-2674.

Assistive technologies:

  • Clearview Class video magnifier (Human Ware Inc.)(reference area on 1st floor)
  • Magnifying glass on stand (reference area on 1st floor)


Building access:  Entrance equipped with automatic door. The elevators are located in the stairwell and are wheelchair accessible. A wheelchair-accessible restroom for women is on 3rd floor and for men on 2nd floor.

Parking:  Anyone with a disability parking permit can park in front of Owen Library on College Ave. There are also  three disability parking spaces  in the lot behind Cleveland hall; turn off Stadium Way on Nevada St. to get to these.

Animal Health Library, Wegner Hall 170

Access to collections:  All stacks are 3 feet wide; stacks on the lower floor are not accessible to disabled users unless the door alarm is disarmed but assistance is available for special needs; please call in advance (335-9556).

Reference assistance:  Specialized reference services are available. For assistance contact the Animal Health Library at 335-9556.

Building access:   Two wheelchair-accessible building entrances are located at the rear of the building; wheelchair-accessible elevators on every floor on the west side of the building. Wheelchair-accessible restrooms on every floor.

Parking:  There are 2 rear handicapped-accessible building entrances with 3 disability parking spaces each; there is one disability parking space in the metered lot in front of the building.

Public Workstation Assistive Technology

The Ease of Access Center provides a convenient, centralized place to locate accessibility settings and programs to make your computer easier to use. The Ease of Access Center can be found in the Control Panel by selecting Windows logo key+U and also when logging into Windows.

Overview of accessibility features in Windows 7

FeatureDescription
Ease of Access Center Provides a centralized location in the Control Panel where you can adjust accessibility settings and programs. You can also get recommendations for settings to make your PC easier to see, hear, and use.
Magnifier Magnifies the screen or a portion of the screen to make text, images, and objects easier to see.
On-Screen Keyboard A visual, on-screen keyboard with all the standard keys that you can use instead of a physical keyboard. On-Screen Keyboard also lets you type and enter data with a mouse or other pointing device.
Narrator Reads aloud on-screen text and describes some events (such as error messages appearing) that happen while you're using the computer.
Change text size Lets you make text and objects larger and easier to see without losing graphics quality.
Keyboard shortcuts Keyboard combinations of two or more keys that, when pressed, can be used to perform a task that would typically require a mouse or other pointing device. Keyboard shortcuts can make it easier to interact with your computer, saving you time and effort.
Sticky Keys Instead of having to press three keys at once (such as when you must press the CTRL, ALT, and DELETE keys simultaneously to log on to Windows), you can press one key at a time when Sticky Keys is turned on.
Mouse Keys Instead of using the mouse, you can use the arrow keys on the numeric keypad to move the pointer.
Filter Keys Ignore keystrokes that occur in rapid succession and keystrokes that are held down for several seconds unintentionally.
Visual Notifications Replace system sounds with visual cues, such as a flash on the screen, so system alerts are announced with visual notifications instead of sounds.
Captions Get information via animations and video that some programs use to indicate that activity is happening on your computer.
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