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. 

Also visit Campus Disabilities Services for additional information.

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Assistive Technology

Computers in all University Libraries locations have assistive technology software. (Information about campus computer labs)

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.

Building access and restrooms

A full listing of accessible building entrances is available via the campus map.

Norlin Library

  • East entrance allows wheelchair access; a service desk, holds pickup, and accessible restrooms are available at this entrance. West entrance allows wheelchair access; an elevator is available, as is the Dean's Office and some 2nd floor collections and classroom spaces. 

  • Wheelchair accessible restroom facilities are located in Norlin Commons and on the southeast side of the 2nd and 3rd floors.

Engineering, Math & Physics Library

  • The South and West sides of the Mathematics building offer wheelchair access.

  • There is an elevator to access the basement level.

Earth Sciences & Map Library

  • The west, east, and south sides of Benson Earth Sciences 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.


There is a Braille printer located in the Norlin Commons.  Ask at the service desk about printing a .doc, .docx, or .txt file on this printer from your jump drive.

A low vision accessibility student print station is available in the Norlin Commons adjacent to the other printer/scanners (E119, see campus map). 

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 service desk in any of our five libraries. 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.

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