Western Libraries

Library Accessibility

Western Libraries strives to provide a welcoming and comfortable environment for all library users to engage in research and scholarship. To enhance accessibility of our library locations for persons with disabilities, we offer the following facilities and services.

In the event you require more information about Library Accessibility please contact Eeva Munoz.

Library Facilities

Assistive Technology

Alternative Format Texts

Reference Services

Retrieval and Photocopying of Material

Library Facilities

All library locations are accessible to persons in wheelchairs. See the campus accessibility map for detailed location information including the location of accessible parking and exterior automated door openers: http://www.accessibility.uwo.ca/resources/maps/maps.html

Wheelchair accessible elevators are available in all library locations with the exception of the Education Library. Please ask for assistance from staff at the service desk in this location.

Barrier free washrooms are accessible in The D.B. Weldon Library on the main, ground and second floors. Please note that patrons of the Archives and Research Collection Centre, which is attached to the Weldon Library, should make use of barrier free washroom facilities in Weldon. Wheelchair accessible washrooms are available at all other Western Libraries locations.

An exterior book drop is available outside the Education Library entrance. This book drop is open when the library is closed and is located outside the doors facing the rear north parking lot (facing Sarnia Road).

Assistive Technology and Accessible Workstations/Specialty Software

Assistive technology/accessible personal computers and supporting software is available in all library locations.

C.B. Bud Johnston Library (Business)

  • One Personal Computer. Location: Main floor.
  • Supported Software: Kurzweil 3000 and ZoomText 10.

Education Library

  • One Personal Computer. Location: Main floor entry area (Room Number 1150X) adjacent to the Services Desk.
  • Supported Software: Kurzweil 3000 and ZoomText 10.
  • Smartview Xtend CCTV character-enlarging system - provided by Campus Accessibility Review & Enhancement (CARE) Committee.

John and Dotsa Bitove Family Law Library

  • One Personal Computer. Location: Main Reading Room (Room Number LB219) in the computer cluster adjacent to Room LB219E.
  • Supported Software: Kurzweil 3000 and ZoomText 10.
  • SmartView Xtend CCTV character-enlarging system - provided by Campus Accessibility Review & Enhancement (CARE) Committee.
  • 24" LCD Monitor – provided by the Faculty of Law.
  • Push-button/electrically powered variable-height computer table.

Music Library

  • One Personal Computer. Location: Main Reading Room (Room Number TC234).
  • Supported Software: Kurzweil 3000 and ZoomText 10.

Allyn & Betty Taylor Library

  • One Personal Computer. Location: Main entrance area (Room Number TL 106) third sit-down PC from the entrance.
  • Supported Software: Kurzweil 3000 and ZoomText 10.

The D.B. Weldon Library

  • One Personal Computer, and One SunRay. Location: PC located in the Microform Printer area (Room Number DBW 119), and SunRay unit in Reference Hall (Room Number  DBW 129) near the Research Help Desk.
  • Supported Software: Kurzweil 3000, ZoomText 10, and HumanWare.
  • SmartView Xtend CCTV character-enlarging system – provided by Campus Accessibility Review & Enhancement (CARE) Committee. Available on one PC workstation in the Microform copier/printer area on the first floor (Room Number DBW 119).

Western Libraries is pleased to partner with Services for Students with Disabilities to provide The Learning Opportunities Lab and The Access Lab. Both are located in The D.B. Weldon Library. For information on these labs including eligibility, technologies available and how to gain instruction in their use please visit the Services for Students with Disabilities website.

Alternative Format Texts

Services for Students with Disabilities coordinate alternative format texts for course text books and course packs produced and purchased through The Bookstore @ Western. For more information about alternative format texts please visit the Services for Students with Disabilities website.

If you require alternative format text of material held by Western Libraries please submit your request online via the following form: http://www.lib.uwo.ca/accessibility/alternativeformat.html or you may print a request form and return it to any Western Libraries service desk.

Reference Services

For research assistance please contact the service desk of any library location.

Persons seeking individualized reference assistance may also contact the Eeva Munoz for an appointment to discuss their research needs.

Retrieval and Photocopying Material

For assistance with the retrieval and/or photocopying of material please contact the service desk of any library location. Call number information for each item will be required and in the case of journal articles volume, issue and page numbers. Regular photocopying charges apply: 10 ¢ per page with a Graphic Services debit card, and 15 ¢ per page cash. Please note that additional charges may apply for photocopying of rare or archival materials located in the Archives and Research Collections Centre.

While staff will try to accommodate requests as they are made provision of materials may be dependent on the availability of staff resources.