Students with a Disability
The McPherson Library offers the following services for users with a disability:
All floors of the McPherson Library are accessible by elevator.
For assistance retrieving materials from the stacks or basement compact shelving, please ask at the Loan Desk. Stack Maintenance staff are often available on each floor and can provide assistance.
Users with a disability decal may come to the front of the line at the Loan Desk. Look for the front-of-the-line symbol.
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Washrooms in the basement, third floor of the Mearns Centre, and BiblioCafé are wheelchair accessible.
A UVic Libraries website workstation with priority for users with a disability is located across from the main Loan Desk as well as across from the Library Help Desk.
Adjustable study carrels are available on the third floor, adjacent to the Library Help Desk on the main floor, and in the basement study area. If necessary, please ask for assistance at the Loan Desk.
There is a graduate student study carrel on the third floor that is height-adjustable for wheelchair access and is assigned to a graduate student with a disability. The carrel includes a lockable drawer, power outlet, data port, and task lighting. This carrel may be used by other users when the assignee is absent.
There is a private respite room with a cot for use as necessary. Please contact a supervisor at the Loan Desk for access.
Adaptive Technology Rooms in the McPherson Library (Rooms 113e and 113f)
The adaptive technology rooms in the McPherson Library contain equipment that can improve access to study and research materials for students with print-based and learning disabilities.
Individuals who require adaptive technologies are given priority for this equipment and software. Please note that you may be asked to move to another workstation.
Features of rooms 113e and 113f are:
• New computers with Windows 7
• Wide screen monitors
• Flat bed scanners for accessing and converting print in hard copy to digital format
• Kurzweil 3000 software for reading with text-to-speech and grammatical tools for writing
• ZoomText screen magnification software (network license)
• Kurzweil 1000 scan and read software to be used with the JAWS screen reader
• Inspiration 9.0 mind mapping software
• Dragon Naturally Speaking Professional for voice recognition and high quality USB headset microphones
• Network printing services from any computer
• Keyless access to the rooms, equipment and software
• Ongoing support for users of the machines from library staff (please ask at the library main desk for assistance if needed)
If you have any questions, feedback, or further suggestions, please feel welcome to contact Shailoo Bedi, Director, Systems & Client Services, UVic Libraries via e-mail at: Shailoo@uvic.ca
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Library Help and Other Services
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Materials in alternate formats may be available through Interlibrary Loan. Please indicate the alternate format required and how long you need the materials. If you need more information, contact the Interlibrary Loan Office.
If you require course textbooks and/or required readings in alternate formats, contact the Resource Centre for Students with a Disability.
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Designating an Alternate Borrower (Proxy)
Users with a disability are eligible to designate an alternate borrower (proxy), such as a specified friend or attendant, to borrow library materials on their behalf.
- Proxy borrowers may retrieve and recall materials
- Library notices will be sent to the proxy grantor
If you wish to authorize a proxy, please complete and submit the online application form.
Please note that proxy patrons are unable to recall books in the catalogue on your behalf. They may recall books under their own name, and then charge the item out on behalf of their proxy grantor. If your proxy patron will be required to submit Interlibrary Loan requests on your behalf, they will need to be issued an authorization card for this purpose.
Allowing others to manage your library account
In compliance with Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, we require written consent to accompany your library card if you would like someone else to sign out and renew materials or pay library fines on your behalf, unless you have appointed proxy borrowing privileges.