CU Boulder Libraries aim to be part of a fully accessible, integrated and universally-designed campus community. We offer services to make it easier to use our resources, including our buildings, books, videos, CDs, databases and other materials.

All computers in the libraries have basic screen reading software.

Low-vision Windows Workstation
Research Area on the 2nd floor of Norlin Library (map) includes JAWS (screen reader), MAGic (screen enlarger), a powered adjustable height table, works with headphones and allows printing to any pay-for-print station in Research Services area.


  • Photocopy Machines: three located on Norlin's second floor
  • Scanners: one located on Norlin's second floor
  • Braille printer located in Norlin Commons for students with accommodations; contact Sarah Hagerman for access

Photocopiers and scanners are located at all locations in the University Libraries system.

Volunteer Bookfinders in Norlin are often available to assist with retrieving materials. The Bookfinder station is located outside the 3rd floor book stacks, near the entrance to the 3A stacks.

You can also ask for assistance at the Circulation Desk of any of our five libraries.

In 2018-2019, the University Libraries are piloting the mailing of materials to CU Boulder faculty, staff and students by U.S. Mail. You can also request materials be delivered your nearest campus library using the "Request It" link in Chinook. Requested items are typically ready for pick up within one to three days.

You may also request a copy of a journal article or book chapter to be scanned and emailed to you.

We recommend using Firefox to access library databases, as it appears to be the most compatible with database accessibility features. Some databases offer accessible or text-only versions of their website. Below is a list of database providers and tips for screen user use in specific databases.

If you navigate to the “Preference” menu item, you can change the number of columns in the page layout to make navigation easier. Additionally, you can change the “Detailed” radio button under Result List Display to “Brief” in order to make results easier to navigate.

You can use the following access keys on EBSCO databases:

  1. Skip Navigation to Result Lists
  2. Search
  3. Main Navigation toolbar

All of the EBSCO databases have a read aloud feature for HTML articles that may be manually activated. After conducting a search, the option is provided under the title of the article.

There are problems navigating an individual record using Internet Explorer. Consider using the links to full text provided in the results list or use another browser.

EBSCO eBooks require JAWS version 12, to support ARIA (Accessible Rich Internet Applications) standards.

JSTOR PDFs are accessible and can be read with screen readers such as JAWS.

When navigating in ProQuest databases, you can use the following access keys to navigate:

0 = Accessibility page, 1 = Search page, 2 = Skip navigation, 3 = Sitemap, 4 = Quick search box on the results page, 6 = Help (opens in a new window).

Springer eBooks and journal articles are available in PDF and are text-searchable, usually have headings, work with screen readers and can be printed or enlarged.

Web of Science
Web of Science can be navigated using a screen reader. On the default search page, type your search terms in the “Editable field”; this field usually starts with text such as “Example: oil spill” or another example search term.

The Research Area (2nd floor, Norlin) has study carrels with adjustable table heights between 28 and 34 inches from the floor. Additional adjustable tables can be found on the 3rd floor near the balcony and on the 1st floor in Norlin Commons; all are labeled.

Norlin's east and west entrances offer wheelchair access. All restrooms on the southeast side of the 1st and 2nd floor are wheelchair accessible, as are the drinking fountains.

L.H. Gemmill Engineering, Math & Physics Library
All computer lab furniture on the first floor is ADA height-compliant

Campus Disabilities Services offers additional services.

Free PDF OCR Service
The Arts & Sciences Support of Education Through Technology (ASSETT) department offers a free online PDF OCR service. This service takes a PDF and makes it text searchable.

Bookshare is a service that offers online access to a large number of accessible reading materials, such as books, newspapers and magazines. Bookshare membership is available to individuals with a qualifying print disability.

Colorado Talking Book Library (CTBL)

A free service to Coloradans of all ages who are unable to read standard print material due to visual, physical or learning disabilities, whether permanent or temporary. CTBL provides audio, Braille and large-print books and magazines.

Learn about CU Boulder Accessibility