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Frederick E. Berry Library and Learning Commons

Spaces & Technology

ADA Access and Resources

The two entrances into the learning commons are fully accessible and equipped with automatic door openers. There are accessible restrooms located in both wings of the learning commons on every floor. General help may be found at the Library Help Desk on the first floor. Upon request, staff will retrieve items from shelves for you, assist with copying or printing materials, and provide other reasonable accommodation.

Special assistance with research is provided at the Library Help Desk. A portion of the service desk is lowered to accommodate patrons who use wheelchairs.

Assistive devices throughout the library include:

  • Height adjustable workstations
  • Merlin LCD – provides 5x to 61x magnification of black/white or color pages projected on a 17” monitor
  • Epson 1670 scanner – a flatbed color image scanner usable with text, graphics, or photos
  • Kurzweil 3000 – software for text magnification
  • JAWS 7.0 (Job Access with Speech) – screen reading software that enables visually impaired users to access online catalogs, databases, Internet sites, and Microsoft Windows applications. Complete documentation is included for the novice user. Multi-lingual synthesizer reads in English, German, Italian, French, and Spanish text.
  • ZOOMText 9.0 – software that enables text magnification and speech synthesis of computer displays
  • Dragon NaturallySpeaking – speech recognition software and headset
  • Merlin Enhanced Vision – digital text magnifier

The ADA room is available to the SSU community and the public. Users should be knowledgeable in the use of the above-listed assistive devices. For more information on SSU disability services, contact Disability Services on the ground floor of the Learning Commons.