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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.

Research Services for People with Disabilities

Request a Research Consultation

Librarians are available to help with any aspect of your research. Email us at

Research Services for People with Disabilities Policy

The Library's commitment to people with disabilities:

  • Will not require documentation of disability
  • Will provide service to the best of our ability
  • Will provide research consultations appropriate to the each patrons’ needs, both academically and in terms of their disability
  • Will provide consultation in a timely manner

Examples of what we can do:

  • Reading book titles and table of contents for people with visual or mobility impairments
  • Sighted assistance in navigating databases for people who use screenreaders
  • Wayfinding to determine best routes into and out of buildings to access materials
  • Research assistance in a quiet, reduced distraction environment
  • Use of large screen monitors during research assistance
  • And a lot more - contact John Laskowski with questions

Accessing Library Materials

We can help you find and retrieve materials from various libraries.

  • If you need an item immediately, please go to an information or reference desk and talk to a library employee.
  • If you have a couple of days, you can place a request through the Library Catalog which allows you to have the book delivered to any library on campus. You'll receive an email when the book is ready for pick up.
  • If you need to create a proxy so that others can get your materials for you, or for other questions and requests, please contact Central Access Services at 217-333-8400 or email

HathiTrust Digital Library

To use the HathiProxy service, which provides digital copies of in copyright materials that are contained in the HathiTrust Digital Library:

  1. Be an Illinois faculty, student, or staff
  2. Have a print disability (visual, physical, perceptual, developmental, cognitive, or learning disability that prevents you from effectively reading print materials)
  3. Email John Laskowski at