Accessibility Services in Criss Library
The library is committed to providing full access to library materials for all patrons. The library maintains a close relationship with UNO Accessibility Services and works closely with library patrons, university agencies and others in order to accommodate the needs of our disabled users.
The library will strive to accommodate any patron who requests assistance because of disability or impairment and who is not adequately served by the existing access technologies or policies of the library.
Books and Periodical Stacks
Portions of the books and periodical stacks (shelves) may not be accessible to all mobility impaired or disabled patrons. Library staff will provide assistance to these patrons to obtain their materials through a retrieval service.
Patrons requiring the service should provide complete call numbers for the items needed to the Main Service Desk on the main floor of the library in person. Telephone requests will not be accepted. Staff will then pull the requested materials from the shelves as quickly as possible. Normally, requests require only a few minutes to fill. However, staff availability and work load can occasionally cause delays.
At times, patrons may wish to "browse" certain call number areas of the stacks. These requests may require some assistance and a longer response time.
Please contact the Main Service Desk at 402.554.3206 to schedule browsing and to ensure correct materials are made available.
Omaha World-Herald Access for the Visually Impaired
The Nebraska Library Commission and the Nebraska Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired provide Newsline, a service that uses phone lines to access newspapers through synthetic speech.
Qualifying individuals with touch-tone telephones can access Newsline through a toll-free number. Other newspapers are also available.
To subscribe, contact the Talking Book and Braille Service at 402.471.4038 or 800.742.7691 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Nebraska Library Commission also makes available a talking book service.
The Clearview System will enlarge and enhance any print material. It includes a writing surface. The Clearview System is easy to use and library staff will demonstrate its operation on request.
It is located in the 2nd floor computer lab, north side, near the SCOLA area, immediately next to the Zoom Text machine.
ZoomText is a computer screen enlargement and enhancement program available for all standard library applications.
The ZoomText workstation is located in the 2nd floor computer lab, north side, near the SCOLA area. Library personnel will provide training on request to library patrons unfamiliar with this technology. A trackball mouse is available for this station.
JAWS screen reading software is available on a workstation located in the 2nd floor computer lab, north side, near the SCOLA area, one row east of the ZoomText workstation.
A scanner is available to scan text materials for use with JAWS, and headphones can be checked out at the Main Service Desk which is also on the main floor.
A photocopy/print machine modified to assist patrons who are unable to use conventional height copiers is available on the second floor of the library in the print center just east of the Main Service Desk. Main Service Desk staff will assist patrons upon request.
Wheelchair accessible microform copier/readers are available east of the microfilm filing cabinets on first floor.
- Restrooms and drinking fountains are accessible.
- Assisted entry and exit doors are located at the main entrance.
- Study rooms are available to patrons who require readers, note takers or other persons to assist them with study and research and who need a space that permits conversation.
- Study tables with wheelchair cutouts are located in the main seating area on each floor.
- Two elevators are available on each floor. One on the southeast end next to the restrooms and the other on the northwest end near the Kahn addition.