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Kresge Library provides the following services and resources for disabled patrons. For more information about campus-wide services, please visit OU's Office of Disability Support Services.

Adaptive Technology

One adaptive computer station is available on an adjustable-height table in the Library's Learning Commons (North Wing). A second adaptive station is available in Study Room #229, and includes a Juliet Braille Embosser & Duxbury Braille Translator. The key for Room #229 may be requested at the Service Desk on Kresge Library's 2nd floor. In addition to the software available on all of the Library's research computers, the Adaptive Stations provide the following software and come equipped with large-print keyboards and noise-canceling headphones/microphones:

Assistive technology equipment includes:
Topaz CCTV
Juliet Braille Embosser & Duxbury Braille Translator

Software includes:
Dragon Naturally Speaking (voice-to-text dictation software - not installed in Room 229)
Kurzweil 1000 & 3000 (text to speech software)
Inspiration (visual mapping, outlining and writing software - Room 229 only)
JAWS - (screen-reading software)
ZoomText (screen-enlarging software)

Assistance for these programs is available at the Technology Help Desk.

Physical Facilities

The University Libraries is committed to making its facilites physically accessible in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, but this is a work in progress. For access to materials or resources in libraries, please contact the library staff or the Disability Support Services office.

  • There are two main elevators in the middle of the library providing Braille lettering and access to all floors in Kresge Library.

  • Wheelchair-accessible drinking fountains are located between the restrooms on each floor.

  • Adjustable-height tables are available in the north wing of the Learning Commons.

  • There is an ADA-compliant, gender-neutral, accessible restroom on the 1st floor of Kresge Library.

  • Service animals are always welcome.

Retrieving Materials from the Libraries' Collections

Upon request, staff at the Service Desk will retrieve materials from the collections. To request an item, click on the "Make a Request" button in the catalog and enter your Student ID number and last name. Select the Pull for Pick Up option. You may pick up materials at the Service Desk. Patrons are encouraged to bring an assistant if a large number of materials must be retrieved. If your disability makes it difficult for you to visit the physical Library, please do not hesitate to contact the library staff or the Disability Support Services office for assistance.

Returning Library Materials

If patrons are registered with Disability Support Services and need to return library materials, please contact the Service Desk at 248-370-4425. Access Services staff can coordinate a pick-up of library materials on Circle Drive.

Printing Services

Staff at the Service Desk and at the Technology Help Desk, on the 2nd floor of Kresge Library, will help patrons needing assistance with printing. In addition, the printing stations in both the North and South wings have a print-release station set at a wheelchair-friendly height.


Staff at the Service Desk and at the Technology Help Desk, on the 2nd floor of Kresge Library, will assist patrons with photocopying. Patrons are encouraged to bring an assistant if large quantities of photocopying are needed.

Library Instruction

OU librarians offer customized tours and instruction to facilitate learning about library resources and services. Library guides will be made available in other formats upon request. If you are interested in customized instruction or accommodations, please contact Beth Wallis, Coordinator of Instruction, at wallis@oakland.edu.

Research Help

For immediate assistance, Ask a Librarian!  If you would like to get in-depth help with your research from a librarian, try scheduling a Research Consultation.

Disability Issues - Information Resources

See our pathfinder for lists of information resources about accessibility and disability issues. 


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