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Services for Patrons with Disabilities

The Libraries will make every possible effort to meet the information needs of those in the Drexel University community with visual, hearing, mobility and other disabilities.

Equipment

Hagerty Library: The Assistive Technology Room (Room 122) was established with the Office of Disability Resources to aid those of the Drexel community with various visual disabilities. The room contains a computer equipped with a flatbed scanner, and a CCTV video magnifier; software available includes:

  • Kurzweil 3000 (enables conversion of print to electronic text which can be read to the user)
  • Read & Write 8.1 (designed to assist those who have difficulty with reading and writing)
  • Zoomtext Magnifying Software (screen magnification)
  • Dragon Naturally Speaking (transcribes speech into text)
  • SmartView 8000 Video Magnifier (allows enlarged viewing of text, images and objects)

Please request access to Room 122 at the Circulation Desk.

Hahnemann Library: Offers 4 machines with both Kurzweil and Zoomtext (2 in 1st floor computer center; 2 in 2nd floor 24-hour room); CCTV Video Magnifier (2nd floor).

Electronic Resources

The Libraries' extensive collections of electronic resources -- most available for use by members of the University community from any location -- will be useful to those who find it difficult to visit the physical libraries. Most can be used with screen readers or other assistive technologies.

Additional Services

Patrons needing assistance with other activities in the libraries such as retrieving materials from the stacks or photocopying can ask for assistance at the Circulation Desk at all Drexel University Libraries locations.

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