Services for Patrons with Disabilities
The U-M Library is committed to providing equal access to information and services to all students, faculty and staff members. Resources are available to help patrons with disabilities access, retrieve and use library materials.
Patrons may ask for assistance at any library service desk.
Besides assistance retrieving library materials and accessing services, the library offers additional resources to patrons with disabilities who have established eligibility with the Office of Services for Students with Disabilities.
Our 7FAST service provides free document retrieval services to eligible users. Patrons may have articles, microfilm or book chapters provided electronically, or have books delivered to a departmental mailbox.
Access to Digitized Materials
Eligible students, staff and faculty whose disabilities do not allow them to use printed books may access digital versions of titles through the HathiTrust Digital Library repository. Access includes:
in-copyright books that the library holds in print
publicly accessible books held by the library
publicly accessible books held by other HathiTrust partners
Mirlyn, the Library’s catalog, will provide links to Hathitrust for items the U-M Library holds in print.
In order to gain access, students, faculty and staff need to provide documentation of their disability to the Services for Students with Disabilities at the University of Michigan, and in the process ask that they be added to the list of verified HathiTrust users. SSD users must login to HathiTrust using their U-M uniqname. Further details on access are available at HathiTrust's accessibility page.
Adaptive technologies are available through the James Edward Knox Center Adaptive Technology Computing Site, located inside Shapiro Library.
Among the offerings are:
- screen reading software
- magnification software
- reading and writing software
- voice recognition software
- digital magnifiers
- alternative keyboards and mice
Accessibility at U-M Library Locations
- Biological Station
- Buhr Shelving Facility
- Duderstadt Center
- Art, Architecture and Engineering Library
- Computer and Video Game Archive
- Digital Media Commons
- Fine Arts Library
- Hatcher Graduate Library Building
- Area Programs
- Asia Library
- Clark Library
- Hatcher Graduate Library
- Papyrology Collection
- Special Collections Library
- Museums Library
- Music Library
- Shapiro Undergraduate Library Building
- Askwith Media Library
- Shapiro Science Library
- Shapiro Undergraduate Library
- Taubman Health Sciences Library