Accessibility Services

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Library Spaces


All floors in the Bartle and Science Libraries can be reached by public elevators. If you need assistance entering and exiting the elevator, please ask at the Reader Services Desks in Bartle and Science Libraries.


Wheelchair access is available at the main entrance to Bartle and UDC Libraries. Access to the Science Library is located on the ground floor.


Accessible restrooms are located in the Bartle Library on the second floor in the south study room, and on the fourth floor. In the Science Library, accessible bathrooms are located on the first floor along the east wall. The UDC Library restrooms are located across from the library’s main entrance.

Instruction Accommodations

The Bartle Library Instruction Lab includes two ADA compliant workstation tables and a SmartBoard that meets ADA height requirement recommendations. For questions about library instruction, please contact Megan Benson (email:, phone: 607-777-4803)

Library Services

Interlibrary Loan

Staff at the Interlibrary Loan office will try to locate and borrow large print editions of books and journals if students, staff, or faculty request them.

Borrowing Accommodations

  • Proxy - Students with disabilities are eligible to designate individuals to act as a proxy representative when checking out materials. Proxy borrowers can check out both library-owned and interlibrary loan materials on behalf of the sponsor. To apply for a proxy, fill out the Proxy Borrowing Form. Sponsors are responsible for all materials checked out and any fines, fees, or replacement charges accrued.
  • Paging - Upon request, library staff can assist patrons in-person with the retrieval of books. Time needed for retrieval will vary depending on staff availability. Additionally, Document Delivery services allow students to request items owned by the Libraries for delivery at any Reader Services location or chapter scans delivered via email. You can request an item through Document Delivery Services via Find It!

Course Reserves

Instructors should use Course Reserves to prepare documents for Blackboard that are ADA compliant using OCR technology. Instructors must notify Reserves staff when a student is enrolled in their course who may need access to this type of accommodation.

Students having trouble accessing course reserves, please contact your instructor directly and asked them to inform the Libraries’ Reserves Department so we can investigate the issue and assist with accessing reserves.

Research Assistance

Librarians provide assistance in locating materials on a topic or using the many online and print resources provided by the Libraries for your research and teaching needs. In-person help is available in the Bartle and UDC Libraries. In addition, research assistance via email, text, phone and chat are offered.

Consult the Libraries’ Ask a Librarian web page for more details. You are also invited to make an appointment with a Subject Librarian for an one-on-one appointment for research assistance.

Library Equipment / Software Details

  • Headphones - Headphones are available to all registered borrowers with a loan period of three hours at all Binghamton University Libraries Reader Services desks
  • Self-service scanning - Walk-up Bookeye Scanners allow users to scan books and documents as searchable text in accessible PDF format or as an audio file. The scanners are located in the Bartle, Science and UDC Libraries, and Bartle Library’s Newcomb Reading Room. Adobe Reader has accessible options and tools for people with disabilities to view documents with assistance such as read out loud (Text-to-Speech), enhancing on screen viewing, and accessing multimedia captioning. For tips about creating accessible PDFs refer to SSD’s Accessible Course Material page.
  • Adobe Acrobat Professional - The mac computers in the Bartle Information Commons (1st floor) include this OER / document tagging software


Students, faculty and other library users with library-specific special needs should direct questions to the Bartle Library Reader Services Desk (607-777-2194).

For all other concerns regarding special needs, users are advised to seek assistance from:

Services for Students with Disabilities Office


Phone: 607-777-2686 (Voice, TTY)

Fax: 607-777-6893


Office Location: University Union, Room 119