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Services for students with disabilities

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The Library liaison staff for disabled students are:

  • Don Taylor, Interlibrary Loans / 778.782.5596 / dstaylor@sfu.ca
  • Ania Dymarz, Learning & Instructional Services / 778.782.6865 / adymarz@sfu.ca

For information about other campus services and facilities contact the Centre for Students with Disabilities.

Accessibility

View the Library's Floor plans and locations directory.

The entrance doors to the Library are equipped with motion detectors to open automatically. The entrance to the library is on the third floor.

Wheelchair accessible washrooms are available on floors 2, 3, 4, 6 and 7.  Not all the library's washrooms are accessible; those that are accessible are marked with a wheelchair symbol on or beside the door.

All elevators in the library are wheelchair accessible.  People with disabilities have boarding priority.

Photocopy machines lowered for easier access are located in the Lam Centre on the first floor and in the centre of the sixth floor. Other machines are located in Reserves on the third floor and at the east end of the third floor.

In the event of a fire alarm, go to a stairwell landing where a fire warden will direct you.

Where the library building or facilities restrict access, do not hesitate to ask for assistance.

For detailed accessibility information for the Library and other buildings at SFU, check out the Centre for Students with Disabilities campus guide to physical access.

Finding library material

The Library computers include access to the Library catalogue which lists books, journals,  and other items owned by the Library. Computers are located on floors three to six at tables accessible by wheelchairs. You can also search the Catalogue from any computer with access to the web.

Use journal article databases to find articles to locate journal articles, book chapters and many other sources on your topic.  Check out research guides to find materials by subject and course.

Retrieval from library stacks/shelves

The stacks or shelves in some parts of the library are high and narrow, and may not be accessible to all users.  If you have difficulty reaching or lifting materials in the book stacks, or operating the library's self-serve photocopiers, please contact Don Taylor to arrange for retrieval service.

Books that are available in the library will be held for you at the Service Desk.  Journal articles will be photocopied and held for you to pick up at the Service Desk.

Requests for retrieval can be sent by e-mail from the library catalogue, journal article databases, by regular e-mail, or dropped off at the Interlibrary Loan office.  Requested items will be available for pick-up within one working day.

Alternate format materials

If you require course readings in an alternate format, such as sound recordings, large print or electronic text, please see the Learning Disability Specialist and Policy Coordinator, in the Centre for Students with Disabilities.  The library needs to have a request for alternate format materials from the Centre on file for each semester you use this service.  Bring a list of required texts for each course you will be taking in the upcoming semester to the Centre, including the complete bibliographic statement on your course outline (this may include title, author, publisher, edition statement, year of publication and ISBN).

Please notify the Centre for Students with Disabilities as soon as possible when you know what courses you will be taking.  Some texts may already be available in your format, and we will borrow them for the duration of the semester.  However, if we need to send your texts to production, it can sometimes take a number of weeks to get them to you.

Although the library does not collect material in alternate formats, supplementary research material may be requested through Interlibrary Loan.  If the item you require is already available in the format you need, we will borrow it for your research as a regular interlibrary loan request

You can search the catalogue of the CNIB Digital Library.

You may also want to make use of the university's audio recording service.  Selected courses on campus have their lectures recorded and those lectures are available online.

Adaptive technology, computers, and equipment

3rd floor, Bennett Library

Selected computers on the 3rd floor of Bennett Library (SFU Burnaby) are at accessible and adjustable desks.

5th floor, Bennett Library

The 5th floor of the W.A.C. Bennett Library  (SFU Burnaby) has the following technology and equipment for priority use by disabled students, including those who are blind or have low vision.

  • Adjustable height computer with adaptive technology
  • Electronic desktop magnifier
  • Adjustable height sit or stand tables, each with a computer.

The Library assumes that students using the adaptive technology will already have some familiarity with the programs on it.  If you require training in the use of these programs, please contact the Centre for Students with Disabilities.

The Canada Study Grant (CSG) for assistive technology provides technology support services, (assessment, equipment, training, and technical support) to eligible post-secondary students with disabilities. For more information and application materials for the Canada Study Grant, go to the Assistive Technology BC CSG website.

Bookable study rooms

At the W.A.C. Bennett Library (SFU Burnaby) rooms can be booked by students with disabilities

See Library study rooms for students with disabilities for more information.

Other services

If you have a student aide, the library can issue a card that allows your aide to borrow library materials on your behalf.  This can be arranged at the Service Desk.

If there is anything else we can do to help you use the Library, please let us know.