Adaptive Technology & Services

University Park Libraries


  • Alternative formats of books and journal articles
  • Research assistance
  • Assistance retrieving materials
  • Assistance and training on how to operate assistive technology devices
  • Short-term loan of assistive devices


University Libraries is committed creating an environment of respect and inclusion for our patrons, and we strive to ensure equitable access to all of our facilities, resources, and services. For more information, please visit our Accessibility webpages.


  • Duxbury software - Translates Microsoft Word documents into an electronic braille file

  • Jaws — Screenreader used by individuals with visual impairments
  • Read & Write — Screenreader used by individuals with neurologically-based processing disorders causing difficulty with reading, writing, and math
  • Omni Page — Scanning application with Optical Character Recognition (OCR) processing
  • ZoomText — Screen magnification software for use on computers



  • Adjustable Desks — Allows for wheelchair access and adjustable height work surfaces
  • Assistive Learning Devices (ALDs) — Transmitter/receiver that assists persons with hearing impairments
  • Audio/Tape Player — Allows for taping lectures and books
  • Brailler — An electronic device for displaying braille
  • CCTV Close — circuit monitor that provides access to print materials for individuals with visual impairments
  • Headphones — Used with screen readers
  • Large Monitors — Provides enlarged view
  • Scanners — Creates digital copies of print materials
  • Speech Calculator — A talking calculator for individuals who are blind or have visual impairments
  • Tactile Image Enhancer — Raises the lines on a printed page to create a tactile image
  • Wheelchairs — For use by individuals to assist with mobility (used in the library only)
  • Interpretype (ITY)  — ITY helps connect a non-signing hearing person to a deaf, hearing impaired, or speech impaired user, by using two small keyboards with screens that are connected to each other