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Michael Schwartz Library

Library Services to Patrons with Disabilities

Student in Adaptive Tech. Lab

Michael Schwartz Library at Cleveland State University is committed to providing the disabled community with access to the Library's materials, resources, and services. The Library staff assists students with disabilities with the same priority as other patrons while making accommodations for access to information and materials.


Preston White Assistive Technology Learning Center

The Assistive Technology Learning Center (ATLC) is designed to serve students with disabilities and is located in the Library, RT 103 (216-687-2141). Some of the equipment includes software that will scan and recognize text, enlarge text and pictures, read text out loud, allow editing and saving physical documents into electronic formats, and print in Braille or enlarged text. There is also a wide variety of assistive hardware and software for enabling computer access for all students and patrons with disabilities.  The ATLC is networked so those students have full access to all electronically available library resources.

The ATLC is a collaborative effort among the Library, the Office of Disability Services , and the Department of Occupational Therapy. Only students who are registered with Disability Services or students studying assistive technology are permitted to use the ATLC. All students must be able to provide a valid CSU Viking Card.

See also Rules for Use of the Assistive Technology Lab.

Cooperation with Office of Disability Services

The Office of Disability Services (MC 147) cooperates with the Michael Schwartz Library to provide services and guidance to students with disabilities.  The Office of Disability Services provides training on the use of the assistive technology made available in the library.  The Michael Schwartz Library provides aid to retrieve books from the stacks and strives to comply with best practices for making all resources accessible to patrons with disabilities.

Appointments can be made with individual librarians for in-depth research assistance. If you need assistance when coming to the library call ahead to reserve a time slot.  Assistance with basic reference materials is on a first-come first-served basis. If a Disability Services representative does not accompany a student, the Library staff may be available to help in retrieving materials. If a Library staff member is not available at the service desks, the student should contact the User Services staff at (216) 687-2478.

Photocopying Machines and Services

Photocopiers are located on the 1st and 4th floors. If a student is unable to use the photocopier, Document Delivery Plus (DD+) is available at (216) 687-2445. DD+ will make photocopies of articles found in Library-owned periodicals and books, and deliver them to the Office of Disability Services,.

Users unable to retrieve materials from the stacks may also use DD+ to retrieve books and have them delivered to the Office of Disability Services. Registered users must complete an authorization form available at either the Office of Disability Services or Interlibrary Loan (RT 324). Requests for needed material can be sent to the Interlibrary Loan Office, or (216) 687-2445.

CCTV Viewer

The Video Magnifier, or CCTV, located near the reference desk in the Learning Commons (see floor plan for first floor), enlarges print and applies a variety of contrast options.  Video magnifiers assist in reading textbooks, class notes, and other printed materials.

Other Technology for Accessibility

Technology is installed in locations around the library to provide access to our services for patrons with disabilities.

Multimedia Services in RT 301 provides equipment to students who wish to listen to music or watch videos. A raised study table allows for wheelchair access. Students needing information or assistance may ask atthe Multimedia Services Desk.

ZoomText screen magnifier is installed on computers in the LCLC and the public assistive technology workstation on the first floor near the Reference Desk.

Emergency Plan

A written evacuation plan is available upon request from the Reference Center, located on the first floor of the Library.

Important Phone Numbers

  • Assistive Technology Lab: (216) 687-2141
  • Michael Schwartz Library User Services: (216) 687-2478
  • Office for Disability Services: (216) 687-2015
  • University Police (216) 687-2020