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Library Policy

Library Assistance for Persons with Disabilities

The Yale University Library serves as an important research and educational resource for the students, faculty, and staff of the Yale community. In order to ensure all users equitable access to the library's collections, public services, and web resources, the library has developed a program of services that enable users with disabilities to take full advantage of its offerings.

The following services will be available to persons with disabilities upon request:

Finding and Using Library Materials

  • Assistance to facilitate the use of finding aids (online and physical)
  • Paging of books from stacks and shelf areas (may be on a delayed basis)
  • Assistance in ascertaining the availability of books and periodicals housed in Yale libraries
  • Extension of reserves or loan periods or modification of other lending rules on an individual basis when possible
  • Telephone assistance with finding out the status of an item on Orbis, the online catalog. On an individual basis, library staff will check to see if an item is on the shelf (may be on a delayed basis)
  • Ensuring of access to microform readers, computers, and other pieces of information technology
  • Assistance with photocopying of a limited number of pages from books and journals (may be on a delayed basis)

Reference Assistance

  • Advice about access to specialized online information sources
  • Explanations and descriptions of sources of specialized information
  • Help with numerous bibliographic citations
  • Instruction on how to use available library technologies located at adaptive workstations

Proxy Cards

Users with disabilities are eligible to obtain a proxy borrower's card from the Information Services for a specified friend or attendant to borrow library materials on their behalf. Proxy cards for non-students/staff will be determined on a case-by-case basis depending on an applicant's particular circumstances.

Public services representatives from each of the Yale libraries should be contacted with any questions you may have regarding these services. For more information on university-level assistance for Yale students and staff with disabilities, contact the The Office for Equal Opportunity Programs.

Public Service Representatives [from each of the Yale libraries]

Access Services/Circulation [Sterling Memorial Library/Bass Library]
Cindy Greenspun, Access Services Supervisor , Access Services
Tel. 436-4672
Brian Kiss, Library Services Assistant
Tel. 432-1857

Area Studies [African, East Asian, Judaica, Latin American, Near East, Slavic & East European, and Southeast Asia collections]
Temporarily Vacant

Haas Family Arts Library [including Arts of the Book Collection, Classics Library, Drama Library, and Visual Resources Collection]
Holly Hatheway,, Assistant Director for Access Services
Tel. 432-6219

Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Doreen Powers, Manager of Administrative Services
Tel. 436-4946

Divinity Library
Susan Burdick, Circulation Manager
Tel. 432-5288

Law Library
Martha Clark - Information Access Manager
Tel. 432-1609 (Weekdays Contact)
Cesar Zapata - Collections & Access Coordinator
Tel. 432-7294 (Weekends Contact)

Library Administration Services/Human Resources
Amy Burlingame, HR Supervisor and Staffing Representative
Tel. 432-1810
Diane Turner, Associate University Librarian for Human Resources, Organizational Development and Community Relations
Tel. 432-1810

Library Building Operations
John Vincenti, Manager, Building Operations & Security
Tel. 432-1773

Manuscripts & Archives
Michael Frost, Library Service Assistant
Tel. 432-1764

Medical Library [including Epidemiology and Public Health Library]
Betty Whittemore, Senior Administrative Assistant, Medical Library
Tel. 785-5352

Music Library
Richard Boursy, Archivist
Tel. 432-7883

Humanities Collections & Research Education [Sterling Memorial Library/Bass Library]
Lucille Houde, Library Service Assistant
Tel. 432-1783

Library Information Technology
Steven Wieda, Senior Web Developer
Tel. 432-8252

Available Adaptive Technology

Haas Family Arts Library
Classrooms available for persons with reading assistants.
All individual study rooms are wheelchair-accessible with one smaller room equiped with a VHS/DVD/Audio workstation
Wheelchair-accessible workstations.

Bass Library
Classrooms available on a scheduled basis for persons with reading assistants
All individual study rooms are wheelchair-accessible and sound-proof for persons requiring space to work with reading assistants, play audiotapes, take oral examinations, etc.
Two wheelchair-accessible public workstations (one with large screen)
Wheelchair-accessible carrel (may not suit all wheelchairs)
Wheelchair-accessible photocopy machine located on the men's room side of the upper level, past the display cases

Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Currently testing screen reader software that will translate Beinecke's manuscript finding aids into voice output (software could be made available on demand)

Divinity Library
Adjustable table in the reference room
PC with large print keyboard, glare screen, and trackball

Forestry and Environmental Studies Library
Hand-held print magnifier available from the circulation desk.

Manuscripts & Archives
PC (NT 4.0; 21" Monitor; 32 MB Graphics Card)
Wheelchair-accessible workstation

Medical Library
Microsoft accessiblity options (e.g., for increasing the font size display of web pages) available on PC workstations
Wheelchair-accessible photocopier in the photocopy room

Sterling Memorial Library
PC with CCTV [magnifies printed text] in the Linonia & Brothers (L&B) Reading Room
Wheelchair-accessible photocopy machine located across from the Privileges Office

Physical Accessibility Information

Haas Family Arts Library
The newly remodeled library is wheelchair accessible.

Bass Library
The building is wheelchair-accessible. An outside elevator (located in the pavilion entrance to the Thain Family Cafe and the Bass Library) will take the reader directly to the Bass Library.

To get to the Sterling Memorial Library from the Bass Library, readers with wheelchairs should take the elevator one level up to the tunnel connecting Bass Library and Sterling Memorial Library. Once through the tunnel, in the Wright Reading Room, turn left to the elevator and proceed up to the main level and the Sterling Memorial Library nave.

Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library
The building is wheelchair-accessible via the doorway on its south side. The guards, who are on duty during library hours at the desk on the street-floor level, will assist anyone needing to use the elevator to reach the exhibition floor or readers' services on the court level. The restrooms, on the court level, are wheelchair-accessible according to current codes.

Classics Library
Persons with wheelchairs must call the desk (432-8054); the elevator goes to the fifth floor only with a key.

Geology Library
The building and one floor of library are wheelchair-accessible. A wheelchair-accessible restroom is availble on the 1st floor of the building.

Mathematics Library
One of the 3 rooms of the Mathematics Library (LOM 223) is wheelchair-accessible. Library readers can use an elevator in Dunham Lab and take it to the 4th floor, proceed down the corridor, and over the bridge to reach the Math Library.

Medical Library
The library is wheelchair-accessible via the entrance on 333 Cedar Street. Elevator access to the basement collections is available.

Sterling Memorial Library
The building is wheelchair-accessible via the High Street entrance. Readers who require assistance to get into the Sterling Memorial Library should ring the doorbell (located to the right of the right-most door). A security book monitor will open the door and assist the reader into the library.

Other Resources Available on Campus

Accessibility Maps of Yale University
The Advisory Committee on Resources for Students and Employees with Disabilities
Office for Equal Opportunity Programs
Resource Office on Disabilities
Wheelchair-Accessible Rooms at Yale University

Library Policy

Policy Statement, Library Services for Persons with Disabilities
Report of the Task Force on Services for Persons with Disabilities

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This file last modified 09/17/15
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