Waterloo campus library accessible services

Welcome to the Waterloo Campus library! All Laurier students, faculty and staff with accessibility concerns may contact the Laurier Library's Accessibility Services staff for assistance - please email Anne Leask. To see services available online and at all Laurier Library sites, please go to the Accessible Services hub.

Accessing the Waterloo Campus library

  • Access the library through the main entrance of the building via ramps from the outside
  • Accessible visitor parking is available adjacent to the library's ramp
  • Access all floors of the library with elevators
  • Accessible washrooms are available on 2nd floor through 7th floor
  • Library staff are available from 8:30am to 4:30pm Monday to Friday

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.

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 is offered at all workstations through a campus-wide site license. (Accessible Learning Center user-name and password required for Kurzweil)
  • Prodigi Reader (enlarges print text) also on 3rd floor
  • The following items may be borrowed for three hours from the Services and Circulation Desk on the main floor: foot rest, cane, reacher/grabber and headphones.
  • 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

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

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.

Emergency procedures and fire safety

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