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Beginning this summer and throughout the fall semester, we are working to upgrade the research experience by making ongoing improvements to our Research Guides.
You may encounter changes in the look and feel of the Research Guides website along with structural changes to our existing guides. If you have any questions or concerns about this process please let us know.

Disability Resources Guide

This guide provides information on resources and events available at FAU for disability services.

Physical Accessibility

Safe and accessible parking is provided near the library entrance with level walkways and gradually sloping ramps leading to the front doors. A mechanically operated entrance/exit door is available for access by those with physical disabilities. Within the building, handrails are provided on stairways, rest rooms are designed for ready access, and lower mirrors and drinking fountains are available for wheelchair users. Braille floor numbers are mounted next to floor selection buttons in elevators.

Assistive Technology Workstations in Reference Area

The Wimberly Library has two assistive technology workstations available for use by persons with disabilities, located near the Instruction and Engagement Services computer area. The equipment, which has ADA compliant software, is set up on study carrels with extra high table tops to accommodate persons in wheelchairs. This equipment is reserved for persons with disabilities. Students with disabilities can log into these workstations using their FAUNet ID and Password. 

If you need instruction on the use of this equipment, you may schedule an appointment with the Instruction and Engagement Services staff by calling (561) 297-3785. Adaptive technology software available on these assistive technology workstation computers includes:

  • Kurzweil 3000
  • JAWS for Window
  • ZoomText
  • SmartView Xtend video magnifier
  • Magnifying America Patriot XLC CCTV Video Magnifier
  • ReadWrite

New Equipment and Furniture

ADA equipment installation at Wimberly Library

We've moved our ADA equipment to workstations on the east side of the library, just beyond the Library Lobby where the Instruction and Engagement Services department was previously located. New lamps enhance the lighting and Microsoft Office is on all three computers, as well as specialized assistance and adaptive software.

Other Special Services

People are encouraged to ask for basic library instruction at the Instruction and Engagement Services department. If the department is not staffed, other library public service staff members will provide reference assistance to the best of their ability.


The staff of Access Services (Circulation/Reserve/Current Periodicals & Microforms) will assist students with disabilities by retrieving materials and photocopying materials as needed. Requests for assistance will be handled by staff within 15 - 30 minutes after a request has been submitted. However, if staffing at the desk is limited or the staff cannot assist the student at the time of a request, the student and the staff will mutually agree upon a time shortly afterwards when the student may best be assisted. Please note that staff will be best able to provide assistance 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The Media Center has 20-inch TV/VCR monitors with closed captions, as well as other wheelchair-accessible A/V stations.

Special Collections is located on the second floor, east wing. The hours are Monday to Thursday 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. or by appointment. All collections are stored in closed stacks; materials are paged for use in the Special Collections reading area. Staff will assist users with disabilities as required and will provide copies of materials should a disabled user wish to read at an assistive device. Unaffiliated users will be asked to reimburse the costs of photocopying or scanning. 

All FAU students with disabilities are encouraged to register with Student Accessibility Services.
Telephone: (561) 297-3880, Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Last updated on Jan 19, 2023 11:10 AM