Services

Building Accessibility

  • Entrances on Library Mall (State Street) have buttons for automatically opening doors.
  • All floors are accessible by elevator.
  • Several tables are adjustable in 2nd floor reference area.
  • Not all stacks areas are accessible but assistance may be requested at the Circulation Desk.

Research Assistance

Library patrons who need accommodation may consider these alternatives:
  • Ask a Librarian
  • Reference Desk staff (Room 262) can give limited assistance and can refer as needed.
  • Request books from UW-Madison and UW-System libraries to be delivered to Memorial Library (or any other UW-Madison library) via “Place Requests” in MadCat.
  • Workshops & Tours are available to anyone. If possible, please let staff know ahead of time if you'll need accommodation of any sort. Also note that individual sessions may be requested.
  • Photocopying assistance is available from Periodical Reading Room staff.

Paging Services

Library patrons who need accommodation may consider these alternatives:
  • Regular paging services are available to those registered with the McBurney Center on campus. Phone contacts: (608) 263-2741 or (608) 263-6393 (TTY)
  • Request occasional assistance in retrieving books at Memorial Circulation Desk, 1st floor.
  • Paging requests for books from UW-Madison and UW-System libraries can be made via "Place Requests" in the Library Catalog These materials will be delivered to Memorial Library or any other UW-Madison library you specify.
  • Paging requests for articles (on-campus and off) and all other materials can be made through InterLibrary Loan.

Assistive Technologies

One adaptive computer workstation in Reference Department, Room 262, includes these features:
  • Adjustable table
  • Screen Magnification
  • Intellikeys adapted keyboard
  • Trackball for Graphical User Interface use
Two adaptive computer workstations in InfoLab (DoIT), Room 140
  • Available to students, faculty, staff
  • Includes Braille printer and other assistive technology
  • InfoLab website details available equipment.
DoIT website has information on accessibility services campus wide.

McBurney Center Learning Resources Room

The McBurney Disability Resource Center, in partnership with campus libraries, provides reading resource rooms for registered students with physical, learning, or other disabilities. There are 4 reading resource rooms on campus. These rooms and related equipment are open to all users as well.

  • McBurney Center website.
  • Request key at Circulation Desk
  • Equipment: Screen magnifier, headset, PC, telephone, typewriter, text enlargers, trackball mouse, adaptive keyboards, and audio and text software (Dragon)
  • Software assistance: not generally provided; users should enroll in IT workshops offered by DoIT.

Contact/Feedback

Emergencies

  • In case of building evacuation, if you can't use the stairs, remain in elevator lobby until emergency services can reach you.
  • In case of severe storms, seek shelter in areas designated on maps in elevator lobbies.
  • Emergency phones are located in all elevator lobbies.

Digital Delivery

  • Students with print disabilities may request materials in electronic format. They must first contact McBurney Center staff to get authorized for the service. Once they have done that, ask McBurney staff to email ILL staff to set-up their account.
  • Employees with print disabilities may request materials in electronic format. They must first contact their Divisional Disability Representative (DDR) to get authorized for the service. They can also contact Barbara Lanser, Disability Coordinator/Employment (blanser@cdo.wisc.edu) with additional questions. Once they have done that, ask their DDR to email ILL staff to set-up their account.
  • Requests for electronic books or articles should be made by registered users through the ILL system or they should contact ILL staff for assistance in placing their requests.
  • The process of reformatting materials may take up to four weeks, longer if large quantities are requested and during peak times. In general, the University of Wisconsin Libraries will scan all printed pages, process any non-graphical text using Adobe Acrobat’s built-in text recognition, and provide the resulting PDF file. Please contact Interlibrary Loan staff if they require other arrangements.
  • Section 121 of the U.S. Copyright Act governs reproduction of copyrighted works for users with print disabilities. Further reproduction or distribution in a format other than a specialized format exclusively for use by blind or other persons with disabilities is not permitted under Section 121.
  • When the materials become available the user can access it through their ILL Account