Accessibility (Waterloo)

Contacts

All Laurier students, faculty and staff with disabilities may contact the Laurier Library's Accessibility Services staff for assistance.

Information about other services on campus is available from the Accessible Learning Centre.

Accessing the Library building (Waterloo campus)

  • Visitor parking
  • Access the library through the main entrance of the building via ramps from the outside
  • Access all floors of the library with elevators
  • Accessible washrooms are available on 2nd floor through 7th floor

Research assistance

Research help is available at the public service desk on the main floor of the library; or you may book a research appointment with the Library's Accessibility Services staff. This may involve help with searching the library's catalogue, and help with using the library's electronic and print reference tools. A telephone or email research service is also available if required. You are advised to arrange for this assistance by appointment.

The Library also offers an online chat service. Look for the Ask us link on many library pages.

Accessible Content E-Portal (ACE)

Accessible Content E-Portal (ACE) is a platform that provides access to a collection of books that have been digitized and made available online in accessible forms for universities participating in the service. Learn more ACE: https://library.wlu.ca/services/accessible-content-eportal

Video tutorials

The library has created a selection of short video tutorials on a variety of topics related to library research.

Retrieval of materials from the stacks

If a person's disability makes access to the book shelves difficult, the Library's Accessibility Services staff or another available staff member will retrieve materials. A list of titles with call numbers is required. Evening and weekend staff will provide assistance as far as possible. If required, Accessibility Services staff will follow-up on the next business week day.

Library tours

Contact the Library's Accessibility Services staff to arrange a tour of the Library and an overview of the Library's accessible services.

Individual study rooms

Rooms can be reserved for individual quiet study during the term, or for exam preparation at end of term by students registered with the Accessible Learning Centre. Students may book online for up to six hours. A full description of the features of each room is also available on the room booking page.

Assistance with microfilm/microfiche

The Library's Accessibility Services staff or another available staff member will assist students, faculty and staff with relevant disabilities in accessing materials which are available in microfiche or microfilm formats.

Photocopying

Photocopiers in the library are self-service. A registered patron with a disability who experiences difficulty using the photocopying machines may request assistance from the Library's Accessible Learning staff or another available staff member. Evening and weekend staff will provide assistance as far as possible. If required, the Library's Accessibility Staff will follow-up on the next business week day.

Borrowing privileges

In addition to standard borrowing privileges students who are registered with the Accessible Learning Centre are granted extended loan periods if required. A signed letter from the Accessible Learning Centre is required. This letter should be submitted at the service desk on the main floor (Waterloo Campus).

Adaptive technologies

Some adaptive technologies are available in the library.

  • Height adjustable workstation (2nd, 3rd and 4th floors)
  • Self service scanners (near room 3-306 on the 3rd floor)
  • High speed scanner (training from Accessible Learning Center and advance booking is required)
  • Large screen monitor (accessible workstation on 2nd and 3rd floor)
  • Kurzweil and Zoom Text are offered at all workstations through a campus-wide site license. (Accessible Learning Center user-name and password required for Kurzweil)
  • Optelec Reader (enlarges print text) also on 3rd floor
  • Adjustable chairs and headphones are available upon request at the Circulation Desk on the 2nd floor or office 3-306
  • JAWS (portable USB key) available for 3 hour loan from Circulation Desk
  • Designated study carrel with access to electrical outlets, on 5th floor (exit left from the elevator, 1st carrel on the left)
  • Individual quiet study rooms are equipped with Kurzweil and Zoomtext software

Emergency procedures and fire safety

  • Fire Safety Plans and Emergency Procedures are available in accessible formats upon request from SHERM.

Accessibility Policy

Web resources