The Consortium Library is committed to creating an environment of respect and inclusion, and we strive to ensure equitable access. Library faculty and staff will make good faith efforts to provide reasonable accommodations for accessing and using library facilities, resources, and services.
Disability and wheelchair accessible parking spaces are located in each parking lot adjacent to the library near each entrance.
In the event of an emergency, call 911 and provide your location (UAA/APU Consortium Library, 3211 Providence Dr.). If you need to be evacuated before professional help arrives, there is a MedSled evacuation stretcher available just outside the Dean's office on the third floor (Room 302).
A high contrast, tactile, and braille campus map (part of the campus Wayfinding system) is located across from the main circulation desk. The UAA Wayfinding app (iOS) will direct you within the library. Contact UAA Disability Support Services for more information.
If you need accommodation (e.g., ASL interpreter) in order to attend a event taking place at the library, please contact the event's sponsor in advance.
The library welcomes service animals. Assistance animals and emotional support animals are only allowed when an accommodation has been made in advance through UAA Disability Support Services or APU Disability Support Services. See Service and Assistance Animals at UAA for more information.
You can designate another person to check out materials for you. This person must show your university ID card or library card each time. Contact Head of Access Services (907.786.1827) in advance to arrange for proxy checkout.
Library staff will retrieve materials for those who have difficulty doing so. When possible, place a hold on the item(s) that you need. You can also ask for assistance at the Circulation Desk. Library staff will make every effort to quickly retrieve the items.
You can request scans of items held in the library's print collection including journal articles, newspaper articles, and book chapters to be delivered to you electronically. Place a request using your Interlibrary Loan (ILL) account.
Audio and large-print books are available in the library catalog. Additional titles are available through Alaska Digital Library or Interlibrary Loan (ILL). Braille items may also be available through Interlibrary Loan (ILL).
Typically, library databases explain their accessibility features in a Help or Tips menu. If you need assistance, Ask Us.
Two accessible computer workstations are located by the Research Help Desk on the first floor of the library. One is reserved for use by UAA and APU users only, and one is available for anyone to use, including members of the public. Table and chair heights are adjustable. These computers are equipped with specialized software (see next section), a split keyboard, and a trackball mouse. Priority will be given to people with disabilities who are using these computers for research or academic purposes.
Both accessible computer workstations described above are equipped with Premier Assistive Technology Software which includes numerous tools for reading, writing, and studying (e.g., universal text reader, talking word processor, PDF converter, web grabber tool). UAA and APU users seeking instruction or assistance in the use of this software should contact UAA Disability Support Services or APU Disability Support Services. Patrons seeking basic computer help (such as how to print, Word or Google Docs troubleshooting, etc.) may request assistance at the Research Help Desk.
You will need headphones for any audio components of accessibility software.
A publicly available video relay phone is located in the Copy Room for those who use American Sign Language (ASL) to communicate. For more information, contact UAA Disability Support Services.
A text magnifying machine for printed text is available near the Research Help Desk on the first floor.
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