Accessibility & Disability Services
This site uses the Open Source Content Management System Plone and has been designed to be completely accessible and usable, working in accordance with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG v1.0). If there is anything on this site — accessibility or validation related — that is not according to the standard, please contact the library and not the Plone Team.
Access keys are a navigation device enabling you to get around this web site using your keyboard.
Available access keys
This site uses a setup that closely matches most international recommendations on access keys. These are:
1— Home Page
2— Skip to content
3— Site Map
4— Search field focus
5— Advanced Search
6— Site navigation tree
9— Contact information
0— Access Key details
We have undertaken to use our knowledge and understanding of the ways in which different people access the Internet, to develop a web site that is clear and simple for everybody to use.
We have used XHTML 1.0 and CSS that conforms to specification, as laid out by the W3C because we believe that usability and accessibility must have a solid foundation. If anything on this web site does not validate correctly, please contact the Site Administration, and not the Plone Team.
We have also endeavoured to achieve AA accessibility as measured against version 1.0 of the WCAG. We are aware however, that a number of the checkpoints of the WCAG are subjective — and although we are sure that we have met them squarely, there may be instances where interpretation may vary.
Our Facilities & Services
Designated parking spaces are available in the lots beside the library and nearby Gibbs Hall. An official, state–issued disability designation is required.
If all designated spaces are occupied, you may park in any open, non–reserved space as long as your official, state–issued disability designation is displayed. However, the vehicle and designation must be registered with the Police & Public Safety Office, located in the Laurel Street Parking Deck.
The main entrance of Bluford Library features power–operated, accessible doors.
A TDD–equipped campus phone is located inside the library on the main floor between the entrance and the Circulation Desk.
The Adaptive Technologies Room (ATR) is designed to assist those who are blind or visually disabled. The ATR is equipped with:
- Seven (7) Dell Optiplex 755 computers with Intel Core 2 Duo processors and 2Gb of RAM.
- A Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) to magnify documents and text in books, journals and newspapers in color, black and white, or grayscale.
- Kurzweil 1000 version 12 software that makes printed or electronic text readily available, provides users with the ability to create and edit documents, and interfaces with portable devices such as MP3 audio players.
- A flatbed scanner to interface with the Kurzweil software.
- Dragon Naturally Speaking speech recognition software allowing users to create documents, send email, control applications and navigate the Web with speech.
To use the Adaptive Technology Room, you must check in with the Reference Desk located on the main floor of the library. Please note that the Reference Desk is not staffed 24 hours a day, click here for Reference Desk hours.
Personal assistance is available throughout the library.
- For reference and research assistance; assistance using the library catalog, acquiring print reference materials, providing print and electronic subject guides; tours of the library; logging on to library computers; or individualized instruction, contact our Reference Department:
- For assistance checking for or retrieving items from the stacks, photocopying materials, course reserves and Interlibrary Loan, contact our Access Services Department:
- For assistance with government documents, current and bound serials, microform readers and printers, audio visual equipment, and Learning Resources Center materials, contact our Government Documents Department: