Western Kentucky University

Library Services & Equipment for Patrons With Disabilities

Handicap Sign1. Copy Service

The Department of Library Public Services will make copies for patrons with disabilities. For photocopying, the patron goes to the Circulation Desk and fills out a WKU Library Copy Request, putting "Library Public Services" as the department on the form. The Circulation staffer then copies the materials and contacts the patron when the copies are ready. There is no charge to the patron.

Copy service is also available to patrons with disabilities who wish to make copies from the microfilm reader/printers located in Periodicals. The patron goes to the Periodicals desk and fills out a WKU Library Copy Request, putting "Library Public Services" as the department on the form. The Periodicals staffer then makes the copies from the reader/printer and gives them to the patron. There is no charge to the patron.

2. Zoom Lens Monitor (TV)

Located in Helm 204, the Zoom Lens Monitor is a magnifying video camera hooked up to a television monitor. One places printed matter under the zoom lens, and a magnified image of it appears on the TV screen. The Zoom Lens Monitor is adjustable to permit greater or less magnification. In addition, the background color of the image may be changed to allow for greater contrast.

3. Copeland ColoReader

Located outside Helm 204, the Copeland ColoReader magnifies printed matter.

4. JAWS (Windows version)

Located in the Student Technology Center on the second floor of Helm, JAWS is a synthesized-voice software program loaded on a wheelchair- accessible computer. It enables users with visual impairments to use the computer. The use of JAWS is reserved for students who are registered with the Student Disability Services office.

5. Scanner

There are scanners available in the Student Technology Center on the second floor of Helm and in the Visual and Performing Arts Library (VPAL) on the second floor of Cravens.

6. Wide and High Computer Workstations

There are two wide and high computer workstations for wheelchair users located in the Student Technology Center on the second floor of Helm.

7. Item Retrieval Assistance

Library staff will assist patrons in retrieving items from the shelves. Ask at the Circulation Desk, the Reference Center, or the Periodicals Desk.

8. Videophone

There is a Sorenson VP-200 videophone on the 2nd floor of Cravens for the use of hearing-impaired patrons. Ask at the VPAL Circulation Desk for the remote control.


Questions? Please contact Shaden Melky at 6D Helm Library, telephone: (270) 745-5139 , e-mail shaden.atz@wku.edu.

 Last Modified 6/9/14