Services for Users With Disabilities

Library Building Access - Assistive Technology - Paging / Bookstacks Assistance - Ask a Librarian / Reference Services - Accommodations for Library Services

Our Commitment

The Library recognizes and strives to meet its obligations to users with disabilities as part of its mission "to provide comprehensive resources and services in support of the research, teaching, and learning needs of the University community."

Library Building Access

The University of Chicago Library consists of five campus libraries, all of which are accessible to users with disabilities.

Accessible Entrances and Routes

For information about emergency procedures, see the University's emergency evacuation procedures for persons with disabilities.


Each library building provides restrooms accessible to users with disabilities. For more information about library restrooms, including specific locations of restrooms accessible to users with disabilities and single user / family restrooms, see Restrooms.

Service Animals

Service animals assisting users with disabilities are allowed in Library buildings in accordance with University policies for service animals and assistance animals.

Assistive Technology


The Library's assistive technology workstations are located in Room A01A and Room A01B on the A-Level of Regenstein Library. Both rooms are equipped with a computer and scanner, a Kurzweil 3000 ,and a  Freedom Scientific (MAGic, Openbook, JAWS).

Refreshable braile display is available for checkout at the TECHB@R on the 1st floor of Regenstein Library.

Enhanced Vision Readers

The library has 3 enhanced vision readers.  They are located in Room A01A on the A-Level of the Regenstein Library, on the 1st Floor of the Crerar Library, and in the 2nd floor Wilson Reading Room of the D'Angelo Law Library.

Assistive Listening Devices

Assistive listening devices are available from IT Services.

Paging / Bookstacks Assistance

The Library offers paging / bookstacks assistance to users with disabilities. To request assistance, go to the Circulation Desk of the particular library where the item is located.

Library staff will page materials for users and can often retrieve the material immediately. Users who wish to browse collections may also request staff to accompany them to retrieve items from the shelves. Depending on staffing levels and volume of requests, it may not always be possible to fulfill requests immediately, but we will work to do so as quickly as feasible.

Ask a Librarian/Reference Services

If you need help with a research project, or have questions about the University of Chicago Library, our librarians are available to assist you.



Accommodations for Library Services

Disability accommodations for Students

Alternative Text Requests

For students receiving disability accommodations that include the provision of alternative text, you may use an online form for requests:

Contacts by Campus Library / Subject Area

Help With Assistive Technologies

Additional Assistance

If you have additional questions or concerns about the Library's disability accommodations, please contact:

Jeffry Archer
Head, Regenstein Reference Services
The Joseph Regenstein Library
(773) 702-8718