Accessibility

Mission

The mission of the UCI Libraries is to enable library users to make maximum use of the information resources of the campus libraries. In order to serve users with disabilities, the Libraries have instituted specialized services, modified existing services and facilities, and housed special equipment.

Library Services and Resources

The UCI Libraries is committed to providing equal access to print and electronic resources to all members of the UCI community. The Libraries provide a range of services to help you navigate and use library resources. The services described below may not be readily available during holiday, evening, or weekend hours due to reduced staffing. It is recommended that you call ahead to determine when and to what extent these services are available. Services are provided for all library users unless specifically noted as available to students, faculty, or staff only. More resources and information about the services provided by the university are available through the Disability Services Center website.

Please contact the following individuals if you have questions regarding library services for users with disabilities or suggestions regarding services that should be offered in the future:

  • Antoinette Avila (Langson Library): aavila@uci.edu or (949) 824-2338
  • Nancy Chacon (Ayala Science Library): nchacon@uci.edu or (949) 824-3679
  • Sakhile Sithole (Grunigen Medical Library): ssithole@uci.edu or (714) 456-7824

Collections

Assistance for retrieving books from the stacks is available at any library. You may call ahead to the appropriate Check Out Desk to see if an item is on the shelf and ask that it be retrieved and held. Every effort will be made to accommodate your request. You may also request assistance from library employees engaged in re-shelving library materials. For assistance with journals in the Current Periodicals area at Langson Library, contact the “Ask Us” Reference Desk. For assistance with journals in the Current Periodicals area, microforms and use of microform machines area at Ayala Science Library, contact Nancy Chacon at nchacon@uci.edu or at (949) 824-3679.

  • Langson Library Check Out Desk: (949)-824-6842
  • Ayala Science Library Check Out Desk: (949)-824-3692
  • “Ask Us” Reference Desk: (949)-824-4976

Photocopying Assistance

Photocopy assistance is available by appointment and every effort will be made to accommodate your requests. Contact the appropriate Check Out Desk. Scanning services are available from the Disability Services Center.

  • Langson Library Check Out Desk: (949)-824-6842
  • Ayala Science Library Check Out Desk: (949)-824-3692
  • Grunigen Medical Library Service Desk: (714) 456-5583

Research

For general research assistance, assistance in developing a research strategy and evaluating research materials visit the UCI Libraries.  Staff are available for assistance during library hours. Use the Ask a Librarian service for online, 24/7 research assistance. 

In-depth research consultations are available to UCI students, faculty and staff. Use the research consultation request form to make an appointment. Alternatively, you may contact your subject librarian directly.

Reserve Materials

You may request a longer loan period for reserve materials in order to use them with special reading equipment.  Contact the appropriate Check Out Desks.

  • Langson Library Check Out Desk: (949)-824-6842
  • Ayala Science Library Check Out Desk: (949)-824-3692

Adaptive Technology Equipment

UCI students may request adaptive technology assistance from the staff at the Disability Services Center at (949) 824-7494. For more information, please see the adaptive technology section of the DSC's website.

Ayala Science Library

Room 481 contains adaptive technology and the key may be checked out at the Ayala Science Library Check Out Desk on the first floor. Ayala Science Library Room 481 may also be used as study space or for students taking tests. Room 481 contains the following aids and productivity software for use by UCI students, faculty, and staff:

  • Adjustable height table (electric)
  • Computer with Intel Core i5
  • HP Scanner
  • JAWS 16 Screenreader
  • Kurzweil 3000 Version 14 (Stand-alone version) - Scan-and-Read Software
  • Natural Reader - Text-to-Speech Software
  • Read & Write Gold 11 - Literacy Software
  • TextAloud 3.0 - Text-to-Speech Software
  • Topaz CCTV - Hi-Def Desktop
  • ZoomText 10.1 Screen Magnifier Software
  • Browsers: Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox
  • Microsoft Office (Excel, PowerPoint, Word)

Langson Library

The Adaptive Technology workstations are located on Langson Library’s first floor and are open to the public with priority given to library users with sensory disabilities. The Adaptive and Assistive Technology Area contains the following aids and productivity software:

  • 2 adjustable height tables (electric)
  • 2 computers with Intel Core i5
  • 1 HP scanner
  • JAWS 16 Screenreader
  • Kurzweil 3000 Version 12 (Stand-alone version) - Scan-and-Read Software
  • Natural Reader - Text-to-Speech Software
  • Read & Write Gold 11 - Literacy Software
  • TextAloud 3.0 - Text-to-Speech Software
  • Topaz CCTV - Hi-Def Desktop
  • ZoomText 10.1 Screen Magnifier Software
  • Browsers: Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox
  • Microsoft Office (Excel, PowerPoint, Word)

Getting Around

Parking

Designated parking spaces are available in parking areas adjacent to the Langson Library and in Lot #8 behind the Ayala Science Library. Call Parking and Transportation Services at (949) 824-7486 to determine the exact location of convenient parking areas. UCI campus visitors who display state-issued disabled parking placards are exempt from paying fees. General parking information can be found at UCI Transportation and Distribution Services.

Library Entrances and Elevators

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All main floors in the Libraries can be reached by public elevators.

  • Langson Library: there is a ramp at the rear of the building and a power-assisted door to the right of the main entrance.
  • Ayala Science Library: the Ayala Science Library and Interactive Learning Center are accessible from the courtyard plaza in the center of the Ayala Science Library. The plaza may be entered from either the Biological Sciences Quad (east) or the College of Medicine (west).
  • Libraries Gateway Study Center: there is a ramp on the Northeast side of the building and a power-assisted door to the right of the main entrance.
  • Grunigen Medical Library: GML is accessible through a ground floor entrance in Medical Center Building 22A.

Evacuation Procedures

In the event of an emergency, library users with disabilities should wait at the nearest stairwell for assistance. Designated library employees will be clearing the building during an emergency and will be checking the stairwell entrances. They will also check the Adaptive Technology Area in the Langson Library and Room 481 in the Ayala Science Library for library users who require assistance. Fire Department personnel also routinely check stairwell entrances during a fire emergency.

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