Access For Persons with Disabilities
From the 21st Avenue Side:
Parking: Several handicapped parking spaces are
available in the parking area beside the library. Turn into the parking
area at the stoplight at Scarritt Place and 21st Avenue. The most
convenient spots are the ones closest to the library. If these spaces
are filled, there are several more available farther up the parking
area, toward the Management School. Parking meters provide 30 minute
parking close to the library in the same parking area, and they are
Ramps are provided for wheelchair access from the
parking area into the entry level of the library. The grade of the
ramps, both concrete and wood, allow for comfortable access for
motorized wheelchairs and scooters, and persons using crutches and
canes. For hand-driven wheelchairs, the distance from the parking
area to the library entrance via the ramps is far enough that only
the stronger individual may be able to complete the climb.
The library entrance has power-assisted doors. A
few feet inside the doors, there is a red telephone on the wall
that has directions to call for assistance, if needed. A staff person
will come down to meet you and will guide you up the key-access
elevator to the main level of the Central Library.
From the Campus Side:
A concrete ramp provides gentle, sloping access
to the front entrance of the main level of the Central Library. Power-assisted
doors allow a narrow, but navigable entryway. Further access to the
library should be discussed with the staff at the Circulation Desk.
They will know which parts of the collection can be easily accessed,
and which will present more difficulties. Staff will assist in retrieving
matierials or accompanying patrons who wish to visit the more difficult
areas of the building.