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Zahnow Library Disability Accommodations: Home

The purpose of this subject guide is to familiarize Zahnow Library users with the available library disability accommodations.

Library Assistance


white line figure of a person seated over the axis of a wheel, blue background

A symbol used to identify buildings and facilities that are barrier-free and therefore accessible to disabled persons with restricted mobility, including wheelchair users.  Also known as the International Wheelchair Symbol, it was designed in 1968 by Susanne Koefoed.

Library Assistance

  • Amigo power scooters
    • Two (2) scooters, provided by SVSU Disability Services, are available for daily check-out at the Circulation Desk on a first come - first served basis.
  • Staff Assistance
    • Library staff are available when the building is open.
    • The Reference and Instruction Librarian, in conjunction with faculty and the SVSU Accessibility Resources & Accommodations, arranges for library instruction material to be modified as needed for disabled students.
    • Book retrieval service is provided for patrons with height challenges.  See Circulation Desk, first floor, for assistance. 
    • Telephones on the 3rd, & 4th floors, located by the stairwell, to facilitate patron requests. They have direct access to the Circulation Desk.
  • The Library purchases captioned video materials whenever possible.
  • Study desks with raised writing surfaces for wheelchair access on 3rd and 4th floors.  See the Circulation Desk for specific locations.
  • The Building
    • Braille signage is in elevators and throughout the library.
    • All shelves and installations distanced to allow wheelchair access beyond the minimum required accommodations.
    • Powered doors are at all major entrances.