The UWM Libraries is committed to providing access to materials and services to all members of the UWM community. In addition to the services available to all students, faculty and staff, the following special library services are available to students, faculty and staff with disabilities.
Adaptive Technology Room – W110N
The Adaptive Technology Room (W110N) may be reserved by current UWM student, faculty or staff who need to use the adaptive technology and or software available in this room.
- Kurzweil Reading Edge – Scans print material and reads it out loud.
- Computer – with access to the Libraries’ online catalog and databases, the Internet, Word, Excel, Access, and Acrobat Reader: ZoomText, Jaws, Read&Write Gold, Kurzweil 3000
- CCTV – Aladdin Ultra Pro 75 Telesensory document viewer
- Large Screen Monitor – available to hook to your laptop for larger screen viewing of files
Distraction Free Room – WB48
There is also a Distraction Free Room (WB48) without equipment that can be booked by students with disabilities for test taking or silent study located in the lower level, west wing.
Other Adaptive Technology
All of the computers in the 1st floor, West Wing have accessibility software.
Dell PCs: The following software is available:
- Jaws – screen reading software
- ZoomText – magnifying software (2-36x)
- Microsoft suite of accessible software: Magnifier, Narrator (screen reading software) and an on screen keyboard are available.
- Read&Write Gold – The program features text reading, voice dictation, research aides, and highlighting tools. Click on start and choose “Read&Write Gold” from the Accessibility and Internet panel. Current UWM Students can download a free copy of Read&Write Gold for home use.
- Google Docs for Chrome – has a voice dictation program.
Macs: The following software is available:
- Voiceover – screen reading software
- Zoom – magnification software.
- Read&Write Gold – The program features text reading, voice dictation, research aides, and highlighting tools. Click on the “finder” icon in the shortcut Dock at the bottom of the screen. Click on “applications” under the favorites heading in the resulting window. Click on “Read&Write Gold” folder in the A-Z applications. Current UWM Students can download a free copy of Read&Write Gold for home use.
Closed Captioned Videos
The Media and Reserve Library has over 5,000 videos and DVDs available with closed-captioning; English subtitles for the hearing impaired (SDH) or English subtitles. A listing of captioned videos is available on the Media and Reserve Library’s Mediagraphies Page.
Viewing equipment is also available in the Media and Reserve Library for captioned videos and DVDs.
Descriptive videos provide descriptive narration of key visual elements, making television programs, feature films, and other visual media accessible to people who are blind or visually impaired. Key visual elements are those that visually impaired viewers would ordinarily miss, such as actions, costumes, gestures, facial expressions and scene changes. Inserted within the natural pauses in dialogue, audio descriptions of important visual details help to engage viewers with the story. For more information consult the Audio Description/Audio Described Videos handout.
Noise Reduction Earmuffs
Noise reduction earmuffs are available for checkout at the Media and Reserve Library, Lower Level, West Wing for 2 days.
Large Print Books
The UWM Libraries have some large print books in the collection. Consult the online catalog using the subject heading “large type books” to locate them. Large print books not included in the Libraries collection may be requested through Interlibrary Loan.
Retrieving Library Materials
If you are unable to retrieve library materials you can request that the items be retrieved and held at the circulation desk. The maximum hold time is ten days, after which the items will be reshelved. Requests are made through Search@UW.
You can also inquire at the Circulation Desk to arrange for additional assistance.
Books can be renewed through Search@UW by clicking on the “My Account” link at the top of the screen and following the directions.
- Automatic Doors to entrances and corridors are available on all floors.
- Cutout Study Tables are available in the 1st Floor, East Wing ; Media and Reserve Library, Lower Level, West Wing;
and 2nd Floor, East Wing.
- Automated Height Adjustable Tables (push button raising and lowering) are available in the South Commons by the windows facing Bolton Hall and in the North Commons by the windows facing the Library’s east wing.
- On-Line Catalog Stations with lower height access are available on every Floor
- Restrooms with automatic door access are located on the 1st Floor, East Wing and restrooms with automatic door access, wide stalls and Braille signage are available in the Lower Level, West Wing; 2nd Floor, East and West Wings and 4th Floor.
- Drinking Fountains are located on all floors.
Reference and Research Assistance
Research assistance is provided by the Ask a Librarian desk located on the first floor, west wing. Research help is available by telephone, email, IM, Text, or live chat. For more information consult the Ask a Librarian website.
If your research requires very specialized and/or lengthy consultation, you may wish to make an appointment with a reference librarian for a research consultation through the online form or by calling the Ask a Librarian Desk at 414-229-4659 to set up an appointment.
Faculty, staff and students should contact the Instruction Coordinator, Kate Ganski at 414-229-6828 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org at least 2-3 business days prior to the library instruction sessions for accommodations.
W190 (B) and W194 (A) instruction classrooms have the following software available: Jaws screen reading software; Zoomtext magnifying software (2-36x); the Microsoft suite of accessible software: Magnifier, Narrator (screen reading software) and an on screen keyboard are available.
Lectures and Workshops
A list of scheduled lectures and workshops about how to use library and information resources is available at the 1st floor Welcome Desk as well as on the Libraries’ website. Those requesting accommodations should contact the Library at 414-229-6202 at least 2-3 business days in advance and outline the accommodation request. The Libraries will arrange with the Accessibility Resource Center to provide the requested accommodation.
Campus and Web Resources
- Accessibility Resource Center – UWM
- American with Disabilities Act Document Center
- ADA Advisory Committee at UWM
- Wisconsin Regional Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped
- Learning Ally
Students needing other specialized assistance should contact the Accessibility Resource Center (Mitchell 112) for appropriate assistance (V/TTY (414) 229-6287).
This information can be made available in alternative formats upon request to the UWM Libraries Administrative Office.