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University Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Information for Users With Disabilities

This guide is an introduction to services available to library users with disabilities.

Technology & Hardware

Large Screen Monitors and Adjustable Tables

The Scholarly Commons on the second floor of the Main Library has large screen monitors and adjustable tables. Additionally, several Grainger Engineering Library study rooms have 32” flat screen, HD monitors available for use.

Clearview+ Magnification System

The following library locations offer ClearView+, an auto-focus desktop video magnification system that provides magnification of texts and objects in different colors with adjustable brightness and contrast.

  • Grainger Engineering Library
  • Information Services Desk, First Floor Main Library
  • Undergraduate Library

Braille Display

Located at the loanable technology service point, the Braille display is a device that converts electronic text into Braille.

Tranquility Kits

Tranquility kits feature noise canceling headphones, all spectrum lights, fidget toys, stretch bands, and information about meditation apps.  The kits are located at the loanable technology service point.


All public library computers have the following assistive software:

  • JAWS (Job Access With Speech): a computer screen reader and magnification program with text-to-speech reading capabilities, version 18.0.2324
  • Kurzweil 3000: a text-to-speech reader for compatible files and e-texts that also functions as a document or image creator, annotator, and editior
  • ZoomText Magnifier/Reader: software that can enlarge, enhance, and read aloud screen content, version
  • OpenBook: software for converting graphics-based printed text to electronic text, using Optical Character Recognition, that contains two text-to-speech functions and allows for a split screen view and document annotation, version 9.0.1757.403
  • Dolphin EasyReader: DAISY formatted electronic book reader, version
  • OpenDyslexie: a font that is loaded on all Microsoft products. OpenDyslexie font is designed to be easier to read for people with dyslexia