Texas Tech University Libraries are committed to the principle that there shall be no difference in the treatment of persons because of race, creed, national origin, age, sex or disability and that equal opportunity and access to facilities shall be available to all. This guide describes a number of services that the Libraries provide users who have disabilities. If there are any questions about these services, or if other assistance is needed, please contact the service desk at 742-2265.
The University Library has two work stations specially equipped. These work stations are located on the first floor of the Library and provide the following hardware and software:
- OpenBook 9.0 (speech synthesis software, can also read text from scanned files)
- DBT 11.1 (translates text into Braille and vice versa)
- Screen magnification and screen narrating software available in Windows 7
- Attached scanner
- Attached Braille embosser
Reference staff help patrons find information, in particular citations to books, journal articles and other research materials. The Personal Librarians specialize in the resources of specific subject areas covering academic disciplines, majors and departments. Any patron may request a consultation. Students with special needs may find this service especially helpful. Come to the service desk or call 806-742-2265 and ask to speak to a personal librarian to make an appointment for a consultation.
Orientation to the Library and its services, resources and equipment are provided. A basic introduction is offered to both groups and individuals in the use of adaptive equipment, the Library resources or to learn about services for students with disabilities. Students with special needs who prefer to attend instruction sessions with their class may notify their instructor or Library staff (phone 742-2265) that they need assistance.
Document Delivery is a service that provides all patrons a convenient way to obtain Library-owned materials.
Relay Texas is a telephone relay service that provides a connection between a person using a TDD/TTY and a person using a regular phone. Phone calls to the Library may be made by dialing 1-800-735-2989 on a TDD/TTY. There is no extra charge for this phone service. Long distance calls placed within the state of Texas will be billed to the caller at a discounted rate.
There are ramps and automatic doors at both the east and west entrances to the Library building. Wheelchair-accessible study carrels are located on the west side of the first, second and third stack levels. Wheelchair-accessible restroom facilities can be found on the main floor, in the East basement and on the first and third stack levels.
For additional services, such as testing accommodations, sign language interpreters or note taking service, please contact the TTU Student Disability Services office at 806-742-2405.