Adaptive Library Services for People with Disabilities
The Eli M Oboler Library is dedicated to providing access and services to all members of the Idaho State University Community. If you have questions about or suggestions regarding any of our services to people with disabilities, please contact:
Eli M. Oboler Library
Jenny Lynne Semenza
Associate University Librarian for Public Services/Building Manager
email@example.com The ADA & Disabilities Resource Center
Assistive Technology Coordinator
The Oboler Library is wheelchair accessible from the front entrance and includes automated doors. Braille numbering and lettering are used to designate bathrooms, elevators, and rooms. All rest rooms and water fountains are wheelchair accessible.
There are reserved parking spaces located in the parking lots near the building and on the street in front of the building.
All floors of the Library are accessible by the elevator located near the front of the building.
- Telephones and TTY Machine (TTY Machine is currently unavailable)
Public and campus telephones are wheelchair accessible. A video TTY is available in the Student Lounge. The remote that enables use checks out at Reserves. Ask for help at the Circulation Desk.
Resource and Research Accessibility
- Access to Library Stacks/Book Retrieval Service
Circulation Desk staff are available to retrieve books from the stacks when needed. At certain times there may be a short wait for book retrieval, based on staff availability.
- Database Help
Resources created by database vendors.
- Quiet Areas for Study
There are quiet study areas throughout the library. The outer areas of levels two and three tend to be the quietest. Talking is discouraged in this area so that students can study. The areas near reference desks, classrooms and other common areas are more noisy.
- Reference Services
Reference librarians can assist with any questions you have about using the library or conducting library research. The main reference desk is located on the first floor. There is also a reference desk for the Idaho Health Sciences Library on the third floor.
- Wheelchair Accessible Computer Workstations
The desk is set at a higher level in order to accommodate a person in a wheelchair.
- Located on the first floor along the wall by the reference desk This computer is set up to be identical to the other reference computers in the library. However, it has two mice, a regular one and a larger one for people with fine motor control difficulty.
- Located on the first floor near the fish tank
This computer is set up to be identical to the other reference computers in the library. Circulation can override the login system to allow Visitor use of the computers on the first floor. The time restriction is set for one hour, to match the policy of the other Visitor stations.
- Located on the third floor
This computer is set up to be identical to the other reference computers in the library. Staff can override the login system to allow Visitors use of this computer. The time restriction is set for one hour, to match the policy of the other Visitor stations.
Adaptive Technology Computer Workstation
The ADA workstation is located to the right of the main Reference area along the wall, on the first floor of the library.
- Adjustable table
- Windows 2000
- Large monitor
- Headphone jack
Headphones can be plugged into the cable next to the monitor. Patrons may bring headphones with them or use their ISU ID to check out the set at Reserves.
- CD-ROM drive
- Floppy Drive (3.5")
- ZIP Drive 250MB
- Flash Drives (also called memory sticks, jump drives, etc.)
- T thaw drive or space
This is a place on public computers that can be used to save files in case the computer locks up or needs to be turned off. The Systems Department erases these files on an irregular basis.
- Y drive
The computer center's networked Y drive is not accessible from the reference computers.
- Kurzweil 3000
A program that can scan in documents/book text and assist both LD (learning disabled) and vision impaired people read and understand. (This is or will be available in a couple of ISU's computer labs, the Library Center in Idaho Falls and the ADA center on campus).
Enlarges text on computer screen
- Jaws (headphones required)
Reads text to patron
- OpenBook (headphones may be needed)
Reads text to patron. OCR (optical character recognition) software translates the image of the text on a page into a document file that can be read or manipulated.
- Connect OutLoud (headphones required)
A web page reader
- A CCTV unit is located in the Student Lounge area.