The mission of the UNLV Libraries is to support the programs of the University and to fulfill the research needs of our students and faculty. Integral to this mission is the provision of services to patrons with disabilities that encourages independent use of the library to the fullest extent possible.
As it is with all patrons, assistance for patrons with disabilities will be provided in accordance with University Libraries' policies and with all state and federal laws governing the use and operations of the library and its materials.
- Additional Equipment & Other Resources
- Service Accommodations
- Assistive Technology Computers
The software listed below is available on the 2 Assistive Technologies Computers on the first floor behind the Research and Information and Computer Help Desks.
Provides synchronized magnification and screen reading, designed for the low-vision user. Level 2 speaks all on-screen text, echoes typing and automatically reads multi-page documents.
JAWS (Job Access With Speech) uses an integrated voice synthesizer and the computer’s sound card to output the content of the computer screen to speakers. JAWS also outputs to refreshable Braille displays. This software package is now available on workstations throughout the library. JAWS supports popular applications such as e-mail programs, word processors, spreadsheets, web browsers, project management and research tools, contract management software, presentation software, web development tools, software development tools, database management software, sound editing software, and much more.
WYNN was designed with the guidance of students and adults with Specific Learning Disability and special educators. Used with a standard PC, WYNN lets the user open a file and hear it read aloud, or scan in a page using a flatbed scanner and read that aloud. Once a page is opened, it can be edited by adding text or making corrections. The page can be altered for screen presentation as well as the way it is read aloud to users. To help with studying, users can insert notes and bookmarks, highlight sections, or look up words in the dictionary.
Open Book Ruby Edition:
Open Book is software developed for blind and visually impaired individuals to read, edit, and manage scanned images from books, magazines, manuals, bills, newspapers, and other printed documents. It essentially turns a computer system into a scanning and reading machine. Additionally, OPEN Book comes complete with a wide range of productivity tools such as email capabilities, a word processing system, one-of-a-kind page layout descriptions, and a whole menu of features for low vision users.
Magic Cursor/GUS was developed to allow a person to do mouse clicks if they could not use an adaptive switch. Ideally suited for people with: Quadriplegia, Cerebral Palsy, Multiple Sclerosis, Muscular Dystrophy, ALS, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and any other disability where the user has little or no control of their hands to use a standard mouse. Dwell Selection software. Magic Cursor/GUS automatically does mouse clicks for a person using Tracker or any alternative mouse.
The leading on-screen keyboard software for Windows. Instead of pushing keys on a real keyboard, simply point and click on a picture of a keyboard on the computer screen. ScreenDoors 2000 acts just like a real keyboard typing directly into any application. A list of predicted words actually guesses what the user is typing to help speed entry. This industry-leading software was licensed by Microsoft and forms the basis for the Microsoft On-Screen keyboard included in every copy of Microsoft Windows 2000.
Dragon Dictate, not only enables the user to dictate into virtually any Windows-based program, but also to control Microsoft Office applications. Dragon Dictate lets you control Microsoft Office applications, including Excel, PowerPoint, Word, and more, all by voice. Comes with built-in vocabularies and TalkingTools. Headsets are available for checkout from the Media Resources Desk.
Available for checkout from the Media Resources Desk
The IntelliKeys Keyboard is a touch sensitive button-less keyboard. It has different overlays that provide several different interfaces for the user such as standard computer keyboard and calculator.
- A Topaz digital video text enlarger is located in the on the 1st floor in a carrel near the Assistive Technologies Computers.
- A Pocket Talker, which amplify speech, is located at the Research & Information Desk. They are also available in the Architecture Studies Library, the Curriculum Materials Library, and the Music Library.
- Closed-captioning on videos can be viewed in Media Resources.
- A grabber to get books from high or low shelves is located at the Media Resources Desk.
- A wheelchair for emergency use is located at the Circulation Desk.
- A high-speed duplicator for textbooks on tape from Recordings for the Blind & Dyslexic is available in Media Resources.
- The Libraries will arrange to have photocopies made for people with disabilities who are unable to use the Libraries' photocopiers.
- Dial-up access to the library catalog enables patrons with disabilities to use the library catalog without making a trip to the Libraries.
- The Libraries' web page is readable on text-only browsers.
- The Libraries provide policies, equipment and facilities to enable the Libraries to be more accessible to patrons with disabilities.
- Library handouts are available in accessible formats (upon request).
- TDD (text telephone) is used to respond to reference inquiries from people with hearing impairments. Main Library (895-2100), Architecture Library (895-6170), Curriculum Materials Library (895-6171).
- Areas of refuge, which are fire-resistant areas for those who cannot exit the building via the stairs in an emergency, have sensors to indicate to the fire department which areas have people in them.
The service sections of the Libraries recognize that specialized help is sometimes required for individual patrons, and they will attempt to provide the necessary assistance to the fullest extent possible. Service accommodation during primary service hours includes helping patrons retrieve, copy and/or checkout/renew library material. Staff at the Circulation Desk will arrange to retrieve books. Given the availability of staff and resources at the time, it may also include assistance using the resources or equipment most appropriate to the users' expressed need. Students who routinely need additional help using the library should contact Disability Resources Center. Disability Resources Center (DRC) is located in the Student Services Center (SSC), Room 137, 4505 Maryland Parkway, Box 452015, Las Vegas, NV 89154-2015, (702) 895-0866, TDD (702) 895-0652, Fax (702) 895-0651. Contact DRC prior to visiting the library to arrange for the assistance necessary to make the most effective use of library resources.
University-affiliated patrons may renew books online by logging into their account at https://webpac.library.unlv.edu/patroninfo~S1/ Patrons not affiliated with the university who cannot come to the Libraries must use the interlibrary loan services available through their local public library to obtain UNLV materials. The Libraries do not mail materials to community borrowers.
Concerns or questions relating to this policy may be brought to Carmen Stern, Media & Computer Services Supervisor, by phone (702)895-2162 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The University Libraries endeavor to provide assistance and instruction, which lead users to independent research, regardless of their ability. The Assistive Technology Computers are enhanced computers designed to provide specialized software and hardware resources to patrons with disabilities.
Although every effort will be made to assist users with reasonable requests to obtain needed information, staff limitations make extensive individual assistance impossible. Any assistance requiring more than 10 minutes of a staff member's time (in any department) will require an appointment.
- First priority: UNLV students, faculty, and staff who need assistive technology to complete their learning, teaching, and work. Students with disabilities who require extensive assistance should contact the Disability Resource Center, located in the Student Services Complex, Room 137-895-0866 (voice) and 895-0652 (TDD). It may be necessary to schedule appointments for services provided by this office.
- Second Priority: Members of the community with disabilities who need access to the assistive technology for education or research. Staff assistance for this group is limited. Community users may be able to obtain additional assistance by contacting the Disability Resources Center (DRC), located in the Student Services Complex, Room 137-895-0866 (voice) and 895-0652 (TDD). It may be necessary to schedule appointments for services provided by this office.
- Third Priority: UNLV students, faculty and staff who need to use the equipment because it supports their research needs. For example, students who need to use a publicly accessible scanner.
Because of the specialized nature of this equipment, these workstations are not intended for gaming, chat room use, reading personal emails, or other non-research related personal activities. Users engaging in such activities will be asked to relinquish the workstation for those needing to conduct educational or research related work.