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Disabilities Services in the Libraries

The University of Colorado Libraries makes every effort to provide library services for disabled patrons. Please ask for assistance whenever you are having difficulty locating or obtaining an item or service. If you need services beyond those listed here or if you have any questions or suggestions, please contact us. For additional assistance on campus, contact Disability Services.

The Office of Diversity, Equity and Community Engagement
N200 Center for Community 107 UCB
Boulder, CO 80309-0107

The holdings of the University Libraries are accessible through Chinook, the Library Catalog, via computer terminals located throughout the Libraries. Wireless access is available in the Libraries.


Numerous other databases and library catalogs are also available through Chinook. Materials not available at CU Boulder may usually be obtained by using Interlibrary Loan Services (303-492-6176).

Building Access
There is wheelchair access at the East and West entrances. The Circulation Desk is located directly opposite the second floor, west entrance. Research Desk is located on the second floor, east side.


Drinking Fountains
Wheelchair accessible drinking fountains are located between the restrooms on the second and third floors, and across from the public telephones in the east entrance lobby.


There are three elevators in Norlin. The two east entrance elevators access the basement and floors one through three, including stacks 3A, 3B and 3C. The west entrance elevator goes to floors one through five.


Disability parking is available on campus. For detailed information, please contact Parking and Transportation Services (PTS).


Photocopy Services

There are three photocopy machines on Norlin's second floor: one in the Research area; one at the second floor landing, east side; one in Science, west side. Another is located in the third floor PC Lab.



Wheelchair accessible restrooms are located on the second and third floors of Norlin Library.


Study Carrels
Study carrels with adjustable table heights between 28 and 34 inches from the floor are provided in the Research Center for Chinook access. There are height adjustable keyboards in the second floor Science Collection area computer stations. Other tables can be adjusted upon request to Administration (303-492-7511).


A wheelchair accessible, campus courtesy telephone is located in the east lobby of Norlin.

Either Circulation Desk or Research Desk personnel will retrieve materials as requested.

Books identified in Chinook as located in Norlin Stacks are shelved, depending upon call number, on floors 3A, 3B, or 3C.


You may request materials be delivered to the circulation desk at the CU library of your choice using the "Request It" link in the catalog.  Requested items are typically ready for pick-up within 1-3 days.  Volunteer Bookfinders are also available to assist with retrieving materials in Norlin from 10:00 a.m. to Noon and from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm weekdays. The Bookfinder station is located outside the third floor book stacks entrance.  If you need immediate help obtaining materials, please come to a circulation desk for assistance.

Research Area Low Vision Station
2nd floor, opposite Research Desk

  1. O/S: Windows 7
  2. Adaptive software: JAWS (screen reader), MAGic (screen enlarger)
  3. Workstation: powered adjustable height table
  4. Audio Output: requires standard audio headset
  5. Printing: any pay-for-print station in Research Services area
  6. Station Managed by: OIT

Adjustable Height Tables
Located in the Research area and at other locations throughout Norlin.

Workstation Software (OIT)

Windows/PC has a set of built in tools for accessibility.


Zoomit is actually a tool for presentations. At the login screen there is a blue button in the lower left corner that allows various accessibility options to be turned on. The first option is for a screen reader with the second the magnifier to make it easier for the visually impaired to use the system.  Once logged in there is an entire Ease of Access Center option in the Control Panel that includes speech recognition.


Freedom Scientific software has been installed by OIT. Tools like JAWS and WYNN Reader have been installed on select systems set aside for students with disabilities. These specialized pieces of software are clearly written for a single user on a given computer and essentially take over the computer making the computer difficult to use for non-impaired students. The built in tools are a good compromise to meet everyone’s needs.


OS X/Mac has a built-in screen reader that is accessible from the menu bar (looks like a little stick figure in a circle) as well as a key combination (Command + F5). This will turn on the VoiceOver feature that is essentially a screen reader. It provides spoken and brailled descriptions of items on the computer screen and provides control of the computer through the use of the keyboard. There are also zoom, display, audio, and more options for different accessibility needs.

Branch Libraries

The University Libraries has four branch libraries located in buildings across the campus. All branch libraries are wheelchair accessible:

Business (303-492-8367)


Earth Sciences & Map (303-492-6133)


Engineering, Mathematics & Physics (303-492-5396)


Music (303-492-8093)

The holdings of all branches are accessed through the Chinook Catalog. The record for each item will indicate its library location. If you have any questions regarding the ability of a certain branch to meet your needs, please call them.

Patrons can renew their own books online at http://libraries.colorado.edu by clicking "My Chinook" and using either IdentiKey or PIN (depending upon your user type) to access your library account.


Books may be renewed in person at the Norlin Circulation Desk or by telephone. Call 303-492-7477 between 8:00 a.m. and 11:00 p.m. to renew your books by phone. CU Boulder students have unlimited renewal unless a book has been recalled or requested by another borrower. Whenever a book has been recalled or requested, it must be returned by the due date found on the Notice of Recall/Request.

Colorado Talking Book Library (CTBL)

A free service to Coloradans of all ages who are unable to read standard print material due to visual, physical or learning disabilities whether permanent or temporary. CTBL provides audio, Braille and large-print books and magazines.