Services for Users with Disabilities at VCU Libraries
VCU Libraries is committed to providing
equal access to the Libraries' facilities, resources and services for all
James Branch Cabell Library,
VCU Monroe Park Campus
901 Park Avenue, PO Box 842033, Richmond, VA 23284-2033
Phone: 804-828-1111; Toll-free: 1-866-828-2665
Information Services Desk, First floor
Wheelchair ramp access available on either side of the main entrance.
Wheelchair accessible restrooms in basement and on First, Second and Fourth floors.
Medical College of Virginia Campus
509 North 12th Street, P.O. Box 980582, Richmond, VA 23298-0582
Phone: 804-828-0636; Fax: 804-828-6089
Desk, First floor
Phone: (804) 828-0636
Wheelchair ramp at entrance near 12th Street.
Wheelchair accessible restrooms on the First floor.
Questions or concerns?
Contact Jason Morris, Disabilities Coordinator for the James Branch Cabell Library at firstname.lastname@example.org / phone: (804) 828-8507 ;
Orientations and Library Assistance
- The VCU Libraries' staff provide individualized library orientations and assistance with library resource use and equipment.
- VCU students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to call or make an appointment at the Cabell Library Research and Reference Desk or the Tompkins-McCaw Library Service Desk.
- Place request for specific books at the Cabell Library Circulation and Information Services Desk or Tompkins-McCaw Library Service Desk.
- Place request for specific journal articles at the Cabell Library InformationServices Desk or Tompkins-McCaw Library Service Desk.
- You may also use the online "Item Request Form" to request books or journal articles.
- Items are ready for pickup within 24 hours.
- Items can be delivered between Cabell and Tompkins-McCaw Libraries.
Resource Delivery Service Between the VCU Libraries
- Resource Delivery Services staff retrieve, photocopy, and deliver VCU Libraries articles between campuses.
- Place requests at Cabell Library Information Services Desk or Tompkins-McCaw Library Service Desk.
- You may also use the online "Item Request Form" to request books or journal articles from the other campus.
- No charge for persons with special needs.
- Make requests for articles and book pages to be copied
- Cabell Library Information Services, First floor
- Tompkins-McCaw Service Desk, First floor
- Copies are made using the individual's copy card.
- Copies are ten cents per page.
Community and Campus Referral
Information on services for persons with disabilities available at the Cabell Library Research and Reference Assistance Desk and Tompkins-McCaw Library Service Desk.
Related VCU Web sites:
Services for Students with Disabilities http://www.students.vcu.edu/dss/
Handbook on Educational Access: A Faculty Guide to Reasonable Accommodations
for Students with Disabilities. — http://www.students.vcu.edu/dss/
VCU: A Handbook for Students with Disabilities — http://www.students.vcu.edu/dss/
EEO/AA Services (Office of Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action Services) —
- VCU's Partnership for People with Disabilities is recognized by the federal Administration on Developmental Disabilities as a university center for excellence in developmental disabilities. http://www.vcu.edu/partnership/history.html
Links to Other Resources on Disabilities:
with Disabilities Act Homepage, U.S. Department of Justice — http://www.usdoj.gov/crt/ada/adahom1.htm
Opportunities, Internetworking Technology (DO-IT) (University of Washington) — http://www.washington.edu/doit/
(Equal Access to Software Information) — http://www.rit.edu/~easi/
- Society and Culture: Disabilities (Yahoo) — http://www.yahoo.com/Society_and_Culture/Disabilities
- All public access computers in both VCU Libraries have
Microsoft Magnifier screen magnification software. On the first floor
of the Cabell Library there are two computers with 20-inch color monitors,
one with Microsoft Magnifier screen magnification and one with Jaws synthesized
voice screen reading software, used for accessing library databases.
Patrons must ask for headphones at the Research and Reference Desk.
- Assistive Technology Room, First floor, Room 153.
The Assistive Technology Room, located in the southeast corner of the Cabell Library, is intended primarily for vision impaired users. The room is wheelchair accessible. To use the room, please present an ID for the room combination at the Information Services Desk. User guides for equipment are available. Please ask Information Services staff for assistance. The room contains:
- Merlin Monitor — a full-color video magnifier that recognizes voice commands.
- SARA - Scanning and Reading Appliance with monitor and headphones that scans and reads printed materials; reads Daisy audiobooks and audio CDs.
- Flatbed scanner and computer with JAWS and Open Book software which scans and digitizes printed text. It reads text aloud with a synthesized voice or will save to a computer file.
- Braille dictionary, sign language materials, large print
dictionary, thesaurus, encyclopedia and atlas; ask at the Information Desk
Other Assistive Equipment:
- Cabell Library, Second, Third and Fourth floors
- Computer with 20-inch color monitor on each floor
- Tompkins McCaw Library, First floor behind Service Desk
- Four workstations
- Installed special software: Jaws, OpenBook, Naturally Speaking
- Installed hardware: Scanners, Embosser, Headphones, Microphone
- Magnifies printed material onto a TV-type monitor.
- Tompkins-McCaw Library, Second floor
Innovative Media, located on the Third floor of Cabell Library, contains Four-Track Cassette Player/Recorder for Talking Books; Omni Page - an optical character recognition software for those who need to scan and convert paper and PDF documents into formats such as Word, Power Point, TXT, RTF, and Excel. Media and Reserve Services also has Closed-Captioning on most of its TVs and features TVS that have Descriptive Video Service (DVS) programs and videos. DVS describes key visual elements in a program that a viewer with a visual impairment may miss.
Virginia Relay enables people who are deaf, hard of hearing, DeafBlind, or speech disabled to communicated by TTY (text telephone) or another assistive telephone device with anyone who uses a standard telephone.
Access.Adobe.Com is a tool that allows visually impaired users to read any document in Adobe PDF format. The tool converts PDF documents into simple HTML or ASCII text which can then be read by a number of common screen reading programs that synthesize the HTML as audible speech. The online conversion form is available at: http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/access_onlinetools.html.
Adobe Acrobat Professional is available in Media and Reserve Services on the third floor for individuals who need to created PDF fields.
Need Help? If there is anything that we can do to make your use of VCU Libraries more effective, do not hesitate to ask. Any information you provide is strictly confidential. For all questions or concerns, contact Jason Morris, Disabilities Coordinator for the James Branch Cabell Library at email@example.com / phone:(804) 828-8507; or Mary Jane Green, Disabilities Coordinator for the Tompkins-McCaw Library, at firstname.lastname@example.org / phone: (804) 828-0824.
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