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Services for Persons with Disabilities

If you need assistance in the Library, please notify a Library staff member at any public service desk. You may also email our staff at atc@mail.lib.msu.edu with any questions or to request an appointment.

Main Library Facility


Accessible parking is located at the South (back) entrance, and on the east side of the Main Library.

Building Entrance

Universal entry to the Main Library is provided at the South (back) entrance, with power-assisted doors. Power-assisted doors are also available at the North entrance.


Elevators in both the East and West wings provide access to all floors of the Main Library. All elevators have Braille and tactile numbering and lettering both outside and inside each elevator.

Rest Rooms

Wheelchair accessible rest rooms are located on the 1-West, across from the CyberCafe, and on 4-West near the Fine Arts Library (after exiting the main elevator on 4-W, turn right and then right again).

Drinking Fountains

Wheelchair accessible drinking fountains are located on 1-West across from the CyberCafe, and on 4-West by the back elevator.


A coin-operated telephone with amplification device and TTY is located in the 1st floor lobby across from the Reference Desk. The telephone is wheelchair accessible. A campus phone, located on 4-West by the back elevator, is also wheelchair accessible.

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Assistive Technology Center (ATC)

Location & Hours

The ATC is located in room W124 on the first floor of the Main Library. The ATC is available the same hours that the Main Library building is open.

Access & Security

Please stop at the Circulation Desk to have the ATC unlocked. Individuals with MSU IDs will be asked to present their MSU ID. PID (MSU ID number) and time of entrance to the ATC will be recorded.


  • Clear View Magnifier (CCTV)
  • SARA Scanning & Reading Appliance
  • Perkins Brailler

Computers for MSU Students/Faculty/Staff with Disabilities

  • Assistive Software:

    • ABBYY FineReader 9.0 Corporate Edition
    • Dragon Naturally Speaking Preferred v.10.0
    • Freedom ScientificJAWS 11.0
    • Freedom ScientificJAWS 12.0
    • FSReader2.0 (Freedom Scientific FSReader 2.0)
    • FSVI (Freedom Scientific Video Intercept)
    • IBM ViaVoice TTS Runtime v6.610 – US & UK English
    • Kurzweil 1000 v.12
    • Kurzweil 3000 v.11
    • RealSpeak Solo 4.0 SAPI5 English/Spanish
    • ZoomText 9.1

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  • Productivity Software:

    • Adobe Acrobat 8.1.6 Professional
    • Adobe Reader 9.2
    • Audacity 1.2.6
    • CapturePerfect 3.0
    • Internet Explorer
    • Microsoft Office Access – English 2007
    • Microsoft Office Excel – English 2007
    • Microsoft Office Outlook – English 2007
    • Microsoft Office PowerPoint – English 2007
    • Microsoft Office Publisher – English 2007
    • Microsoft Office Word – English 2007
    • Mozilla Firefox
    • QuickTime
    • VLC media player 1.0.3
    • Winamp

Computer for Community Users with Disabilities

This computer has a screen reader with magnifying capabilities, and provides access to U.S. federal government documents, the library catalog, and E-Resources.

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Additional Services for Persons with Disabilities

Assistive Listening Device

A Phonic Ear Easy Listener device is available for events, classes, or meetings taking place at the MSU Libraries. Please contact atc@mail.lib.msu.edu to reserve the assistive listening device.

Book Retrieval

Lists of material to be retrieved are arranged via email to atc@mail.lib.msu.edu. These materials will be held at the Circulation Desk for pickup. Expected turnaround time is two business days.


In the Main Library, lockers (for storage of personal belongings and checked-out library material) may be reserved by undergraduates for one semester, and graduate students for one year. One day lockers and padlocks are also available. Please ask at the Circulation Desk (near the South entrance) or call 517.355.2333.

Motorized Cart

The Main Library has an Amigo motorized cart to help patrons move throughout the building. Please ask at the Circulation Desk (near the South entrance) about checking out the motorized cart for the 2 hour borrowing period, or call 517.355.2333 for more information.

Shopping Carts

Small shopping carts are available for one-day use. Please ask at the Checkout Desk (near the North entrance) to borrow a shopping cart, or call 517.355.2333 for more information.

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Reference Services

Reference help, including assistance using reference materials, the library catalog, and E-Resources is available at the Main Library Reference Desk as well as by email, text, chat, or phone using Ask A Librarian.

Interlibrary Loan

InterLibrary Services will get copies of articles, books or other materials not available at the MSU Libraries for MSU students, faculty, and staff at no charge.

Please contact the Michigan Commission for the Blind Braille & Talking Book Library (1-800-992-9012) to receive Braille and audiobooks from the National Service for the Blind & Physically Handicapped.

Copy Center

Assistance with self-service copying, scanning, or printing is available as staffing allows at the Main Library Copy Center (on 2-West) at the current price. Without extra charge, material can be left at the Copy Center for the staff to copy.

Map Library

The Map Library, located in the Main Library on 3-West, has a collection of several dozen tactile maps – primarily state maps and world continents. For assistance, ask at the Map Library Desk.

Read Aloud Space

In the Main Library, you may use the Assistive Technology Center, group study rooms, or the Collaborative Technology Labs.

Quiet Study Space

The entire East wing of the Main Library is designated as quiet study space.

Assistive Technology in the Branch Libraries

CCTV magnifiers are available in the Business Library and the Engineering Library.

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