NOTICE DETOUR TO LIBRARY PARKING LOT: From York Road, take Notre Dame Lane west and then through Ahern/McCauley Court. The gate is open.

Disability Support

The mission of the Loyola Notre Dame Library is to provide the information services and resources required to support the current and anticipated needs of the educational programs and concerns of the Loyola University Maryland and Notre Dame of Maryland University. To better serve users with disabilities, the Library provides specialized services and equipment. Persons with hearing impairments should use the Maryland Relay Service (Dial 7-1-1 in Maryland or 1-800-735-2258) for the telephone numbers listed below.

Library Contacts for Disability Support

ADA Coordinator for the Library

Danielle Whren Johnson, Copyright and Special Projects Librarian
410-617-6872
dwhren@loyola.edu

Help Desk

410-617-6801
askemail@loyola.edu

Access to Physical Building

Parking

The parking lot has designated parking spaces for individuals with disabilities along the sidewalk adjacent the Library.

Library Entrances

A wheelchair accessible ramp is available at the main entrance to the Library. Patrons should arrive by the east walkway, which is closest to the parking lot.

Elevators

All floors of the library can be reached by public elevators. If you need assistance entering and exiting the elevator, ask for assistance at the Help Desk. 

A wheelchair accessible elevator is available to provide access to the front of the auditorium.

Restrooms

Restrooms with handicap accessible stalls are located on all levels of the Library. Accessible single stall restrooms are located on the lower level of the library.

Tours

Loyola and Notre Dame faculty, students, and staff with disabilities may request a guided tour of the library. Contact the Library ADA Coordinator at 410-617-6872 to arrange a tour.

Evacuation Procedures

If the building is evacuated, library users who need assistance should wait inside the nearest stairwell. Designated library employees clear the building during an emergency, check the stairwell entrances for library users who require assistance, and will notify Emergency personnel. Fire Department personnel also routinely check stairwell entrances during a fire emergency.

Access to Library Materials

Accessible PDFs in Databases

PDFs in library databases should be accessible. Faculty members should provide permanent links to articles and ebooks when available. For information on permanent links visit our Finding Permalinks and Stable URLs page

If you encounter a PDF in a database that is not accessible or are unable to locate an existing electronic version of library materials contact the Technology Support Supervisor to obtain an accessible pdf copy of the materials.

Library Publications in Alternative Formats

All public printed materials, including worksheets and pamphlets may be requested in an electronically accessible format. If in need of an alternative format, please contact the Library ADA Coordinator at 410-617-6872.

Retrieval and Circulation of Library Materials

Library users with disabilities may request assistance in retrieving and reshelving materials at the Help Desk on the main level of the library. 

Designating a Proxy Authorized to Check Out Materials on Your Behalf

Users with disabilities may check out materials through regular circulation procedures. One  may wish to have another individual (a proxy) check out requested materials on his/her behalf. To give proxy authorization to another person, write a letter that includes the following information:

  • Name of student with disability
  • Name of authorized person to check out the materials
  • Library card barcode number of student with disability
  • The statement: I understand I am responsible for ALL LIBRARY MATERIALS charged to my library card by this authorization.
  • Signature of student with disability
  • Date

This note should be submitted to the Help desk and will be kept on file. 

Photocopying & Scanning

Library users with disabilities may request assistance with scanning or photocopying at the Help Desk.

Video Captions & Transcripts

The Library currently subscribes to two streaming video databases, Kanopy and Films on Demand. Both databases provide access to closed captioning and transcripts. For information on how to use the closed captioning and transcript features, visit:

The library provides access to individually licensed streaming videos and videos produced by Loyola and Notre Dame. Publicly available streaming videos include closed captions. Videos licensed for courses will be captioned on request. To request captioning for these videos, contact the Library ADA Coordinator at 410-617-6872. 

The Library has an extensive collection of DVDs and VHS tapes. If captioning is needed, contact the Library ADA Coordinator at 410-617-6872.

Classes

If your class is scheduled for a research instruction session at the Library and you need special assistance, please contact the Research and Instruction Librarians to make a request for assistance in advance.

Adaptive Technology at the Library

Texthelp Read & Write Gold

Available on all public computers in the library

Texthelp Read & Write Gold is a many featured application to help with dyslexia and other reading and writing impairments.  It includes text to speech, spell checking, image label reading and file conversion. 

Texthelp Read & Write Gold tutorials

Kurzweil 3000

Kurzweil 3000 is a comprehensive suite of supports for reading, writing, study skills, and test taking. It includes features such as text-to-speech, translation, highlighters, sticky notes, word prediction, study guides, writing templates, and spell checker. It is located on the accessible workstation on the main level of the library.

Kurzweil 3000 Users Guide for Windows 10 

Kurzweil 3000 Quick Reference Guide 

NVDA

NVDA (NonVisual Desktop Access) is a free “screen reader” which enables blind and vision impaired people to use computers. It reads the text on the screen in a computerized voice. You can control what is read to you by moving the cursor to the relevant area of text with a mouse or the arrows on your keyboard. It is available on all public computers in the library. 

NVDA Training Guides

Optelec Viewer (Print Magnifier)

The Optelec Viewer allows for the display, magnification, and creation of contrast in print documents. The Optelec Viewer is located on the lower level of the library. 

Braille Embosser

The Romeo 25 Braille embosser is available on request. Please contact the ADA coordinator 410-617-6872 to use the Braille embosser.

Romeo Manuals 

Additional Equipment

Scanners available on the main level of the library can create searchable PDF documents that can be read by text-to-speech software such as Kurzweil 3000.

Headphones/Microphones are available for use in the library and may be checked out from the Customer Services desk on the main level of the library.