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

Assistive Technology

Computers in all University Libraries locations have assistive technology software: Norlin 2nd floor OIT Lab; Norlin Commons OIT Lab; Earth Sciences & Map Library; Music Library; Engineering, Math & Physics Library. 

Mac Computers

  • VoiceOver

Windows Computers

  • JAWS 17
  • Windows Ease of Use Tools

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


There is a Braille printer located in the Norlin Commons.  The Commons Desk is  able to print a .doc, .docx, or .txt file on this printer from a patron’s jump drive.

A low vision accessibility student print station is located next to the Norlin Circulation Desk, inside the west entrance.

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

Physical Materials (Books, Journals, CDs, DVDs and Maps)

For assistance locating or retrieving materials, please inquire at a Circulation Desk in any of our five libraries.  Additionally, most weekdays from 10am – 12pm and 1-3 pm Norlin Library has Bookfinder volunteers available on the 3rd floor East stairway landing, outside the 3rd floor stacks to provide assistance. During these hours, you may reach them by telephone at 303-735-0061.

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 to your nearest campus library using the "Request It" link in Chinook (the Libraries catalog). 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.

Electronic Materials (Databases, Articles, E-Books)

Each of the publishers we purchase online materials from have different levels of accessible content and features:

EBSCO: Accessibility Statement from EBSCO

JSTOR: Accessibility Statement from JSTOR

ProQuest: Accessibility Statement from ProQuest

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.


Norlin Library: Adjustable height tables are available in the 2nd floor Research Area, on the 3rd floor near the balcony, and in the 1st floor Norlin Commons.

Engineering, Math & Physics Library: All tables are ADA height-compliant.

Earth Sciences & Maps Library: All tables are ADA height-compliant.

Music Library: All of the tables are ADA height compliant and four computer desks nearest the circulation desk are also height-adjustable. There is also a selection of ADA compliant seating.

Business Library: The Business Library will be closed for renovation until fall 2020.

Building Access, Restrooms and Water Fountains

Norlin Library

  • East and west entrances offer wheelchair access.
  • All restrooms on the southeast side of the 1st and 2nd floor are wheelchair accessible.
  • Drinking fountains on the southeast side of the 1st and 2nd floor are wheelchair accessible.

Engineering, Math & Physics Library

  • The South and West sides of the Gemmill building offer wheelchair access.
  • There is an elevator to access the basement level.

Earth Sciences & Maps Library

  • The west, east, and south sides of Benson offer wheelchair access, but only the west and south sides have automated doors.
  • There is an elevator inside the library for access to the lower level. The building has a different elevator to access the basement outside the library as well as the upper floors of the building.

Music Library

  • The west side of the Imig building offers wheelchair access.
  • The library is accessible by elevator and is located on the 2nd floor.

Campus Disabilities Services has additional information about their services.

Additional Resources

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)
CTBL is 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