Collections

Our collections include circulating print collections, rare books and manuscripts, commercially licensed online journals and reference works, and digital books, media, and images. We aim to provide these collections in formats that are accessible to our patrons, and we have specific accessibility initiatives around our print, video, and digital collections.

Print Accessibility Services

We offer delivery services and scanning of print materials for all patrons in accordance with copyright law.

We can offer additional, specialized services to patrons whose disabilities prevent them from reading or using print materials.

Who is eligible for additional services?

Patrons certified by a competent authority as unable to read or unable to use standard printed material as a result of a disability.

This may include:

  • Patrons whose visual disability with corrective lenses prevents them from reading printed material.
  •  Patrons whose physical disability prevents them from using printed material.
  • Patrons whose reading disability prevents them from reading printed material

This does not include:

  • Patrons for whom reading printed material is inconvenient.
  • ​Patrons who are prevented from reading printed materials for reasons unrelated to disability.

Who determines eligibility?

At the University of Michigan, the entities that are best equipped to determine eligibility are

These offices work to determine eligibility and specific reasonable accommodations for each individual. They maintain confidentiality and work with other competent authorities including doctors, nurses, and therapists. These offices are therefore often the most appropriate starting point for individuals at U-M who have disabilities and may benefit from accommodations. 

Librarians may directly determine eligibility in some cases.

What access services are available?

We provide access, delivery, and scanning services for all students, faculty, and staff. For patrons with qualifying print disabilities, we can provide additional scanning and access services. Our services are described below.Librarians may directly determine eligibility in some cases. 

Services for Physical Books

 

Undergrad Student

Grad Student

Faculty Staff  Patron w/ Qualifying Print Disabilities  More information                
Borrowing Privileges Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Requires a borrowing card (usually your MCard). 
Delivery of Physical Items to a Library

Yes

Yes Yes Yes Yes Have books delivered to a library pick-up desk. Available for both UM University Libray and ILL books.
Physical Item Retrieval Assistance Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Ask at any library information services desk for assistance retrieving items in the stacks. 
Delivery of Physical Items to a Departmental Office No Yes Yes Yes Yes Set this service up through the Document Delivery office. Undergraduates with disabilities may have items delivered to SSD office.
Interlibrary Loan of Physical Books Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes  

Services for Digital Items

  Undergrad Grad Faculty Staff Patron w/ Qualifying Print Disabilities More information
Access to Digital Collections Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes  
Access to Select HathiTrust Digital Collections Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes  
Access to ALL HathiTrust Digital Collections No No No No Yes Contact the Accessibility Specialist. See HathiTrust Accessibility for more information.
Have Portion of Physical Items Scanned Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Available for both U-M Library and ILL material. Scanning from personal copies is not available, per copyright law. 
Have Entire Physical Items Scanned No No No No Yes Available for both U-M Library and ILL books. Scanning from personal copies is not available, per copyright law.
Assistance locating and acquiring accessible copy of the item No No No No Yes Contact the Accessibility Specialist.

For more information on collections access for members of the public and for students, faculty, and staff, see Borrowing and Circulation.

How do I get these services?

There are a few ways to get started:

  • Contact Library Accessibility Specialist at ssrosen@umich.edu to learn more
  • If you are a student, contact SSD at reillym@umich.edu to determine eligibility
  • If you are faculty or staff, contact OIE using this OIE contact form to determine eligibility

Video Accessibility Services

The Library is in a process of

  • remediating inaccessible video content
  • providing captions and transcripts to video content on an accommodation basis
  • incorporating accessible practices into video production and digitization activities

To request a transcript or a captioned version of video material as a disability-related accommodation, please use the Caption Request Form.

For questions related to video accessibility, contact lib.video@umich.edu.

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Last modified: 09/19/2018