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University of Toledo Libraries and Accessibility: Home

Resources on accessibility and services to persons with disabilities

What is a disability?

The Ohio Revised Code Section 4112.01(A)(13) defines the term “disability” as a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, including caring for one’s self, performing manual tasks, walking, seeing, hearing, and working.

Resources on Staff Training and Accessibility Services

These resources provide guidance on how to expand library staff awareness and sensitivity to a more diverse group of library users through training.

University Libraries' Accessibility Services

Carlson Library provides the computer workstations equipped with the following:

  • Text View - screen enlargement software
  • Dragon Naturally Speaking - dictation software
  • Kurzweil 3000 - scanning system
  • Adjustable height desk with swing-arm monitor

In addition, Carlson Library offers the following services:

  • Proxy borrowing 
  • Material retrieval 
  • Scanning/photocopying of periodical articles

Carlson facilities include automatic door openers are both entrances to the building, wheelchair accessible restrooms on the first and fourth floors near the elevators, and handicap parking space in Lot 11 near the Student Union and Snyder Memorial.

For more detailed information about these services, please see this webpage.

Mulford Library (along with the Computer Learning Resource Center) also provides adaptive equipment, including:

  • ZoomText - screen enlargement software
  • Dragon Naturally Speaking - dictation software
  • Kurzweil 3000 - scanning system 
  • Wheelchair-accessible, adjustable height desk with swing-arm monitor
  • Jaw 9.0 - speech technology which allows access to applications on the Internet

Other Mulford services include:

  • Sorensen Video Relay Services (Online Resources Room, 4th Floor Mulford)
  • Magnifying lens sheets for print materials (Service Desk)
  • Material Retrieval
  • Photocopying of periodical articles

Mulford facilities include wheelchair accessible restrooms on the fourth and fifth floors and handicap parking space in Lot 40, immediately outside of Mulford.

See Mulford's accessibility webpage for more information.

Other Accessibility Services and Accommodations

The University of Toledo’s Office Of Accessibility and Disability Resources helps to facilitate disability access to UToledo programs, activities, and services through a variety of resources, including:

  • E-Text Resources
  • Text to Speech Resources
  • Guidance on Accessibility Features for Apple products, Chrome browser, and Microsoft
  • Link to Smartpen by Livescribe

Local or regional organizations that can provide services for persons with disabilities and can advise libraries on how to adapt services and programs to include all patrons:

  • A Renewed Mind Behavioral Health: A private, not-for-profit behavioral healthcare organization. They offer quality services, including psychiatry, school-based services, addiction services, transition, and others.
  • Easter Seals Northern Ohio: An organization that provides exceptional disability resources, including physical rehabilitation, child development, job training, and more.
  • Josina Lott Residential and Community Services: Located in Toledo, Josina Lott provides residential and respite services, community adults recreation, community services, vocational opportunities, skill development, and other services to people with developmental disabilities.
  • RK Speech and Technology: A speech therapy center that offers therapy for language disorders, use of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) devices, and other special speech needs.
  • Sight Center of Northwest Ohio: An organization which assists Northwest Ohio residents who are blind or have low vision. The Sight Center provides educational resources, support and intervention, empowerment services, activities, assistive technologies, rehabilitation therapy, evaluations, employment resources, and other tools.
  • University of Toledo Speech Language Hearing Clinic: A clinic that offers services to help those with hearing disorders, language-based learning issues, and communication disorders.
  • Zepf Center: A nonprofit that offers behavioral health services, including medical, psychiatric, therapy, residential, and career development services.


For a more comprehensive list, see Disability Resources Guide in Northwest Ohio.

Books on Library Services to Patrons


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Sara Mouch
Fifth Floor
Carlson Library
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Subjects: History