Services for People with Disabilities

What We Do

We strive to offer a welcoming environment to all of our users. We recognize that not all materials associated with library services are accessible to all. Therefore, we are intent on providing assistance to promote accessibility, especially in the area of research and reference services. Accessibility technology with an emphasis on blind and low vision is available in our Accessibility Resource Study Room (Room 102 in Founders Memorial Library).

We welcome your feedback and suggestions on how we can build a more accessible, seamless and transparent Library environment.


Kimberly Shotick
Phone: 815-753-5290 


Disability Resource Center

Research and Reference Help

It is within the scope of the University Libraries' services to discuss classroom paper topics, research assignments, class presentations, etc. with users. Please call or e-mail the Coordinator of Library Services for Persons with Disabilities several days in advance to set up a mutually convenient time for a one-on-one research session.

Accessibility Resource Study Room - FM 102

Room 102 located on the west side of the first floor of Founders Memorial Library contains sources of accessibility technology with an emphasis on blind and low vision. Please contact the Coordinator of Library Services for Persons with Disabilities for assistance.

Ask for the key to this room at the Security Office. You will be asked to leave valid identification until the key is returned.

Technology includes:

  • Computer stations (temporarily unavailable) with:
    • NVDA (Non-Visual Desktop Accessibility) Screen Reader
    • Jaws for Windows
    • ZoomText
    • Word
    • Voyager Braille Display, 44-cell
    • Kurzweil 1000, PC-based reader with scanner & printer
    • Access to library homepage, internet, etc.
    • Dragon Naturally Speaking
    • TextAloud
  • SARA, a scanner/reader
  • Sorenson VRS, video relay service
  • APH cassette players
  • CCTVs for enlarging print
  • Perkins brailler
  • Braille n' Print II
  • Large Print encyclopedias, dictionaries

Braille and/or tactile signs on elevators, escalators, bathrooms, etc. Wheelchair height tables for first floor computer workstations. Ramp access to the library. Wheelchair accessible book drops.

Contact Us

Library Information
Founders Memorial Library
217 Normal Rd
DeKalb, IL 60115-2828
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