The Shatford Library is committed to providing all students, faculty, and staff with disabilities with access to the library’s services and resources. We provide a number of services, resources, and technologies designed to assist you if you have a special need.

One-on-one research help

If you need help with developing research strategies for your assignments or information needs, our librarians can help! We can't provide time-intensive individual services such as reading to you, but we have assistive technology and other resources that can help you in the library. We recommend making an appointment in advance with the Reference Librarian at (626) 585-7818. With advance notice, we can best prepare to help you in your research. If you're unable to make an appointment ahead of time, come in and speak to the librarian at the Reference Desk.

Get Additional Help

You can contact the Disabled Students Program and Services (DSPS) Office for more information and tutor recommendations at:

Library Resources for Students with Disabilities


Large-type Books

We have a collection of large-type books throughout the library. Use our Library Catalog (search “su: large type books”) to locate them.

Braille Books

We have a small collection of Braille books that are shelved on the main floor at the end of the LC general collection.

Special Services (SS) Collection

These books are designed to assist students with a learning disability and students who read at a nontraditional college reading level. Each item has a calculated reading level. For example, R.L. 7.5 refers to 7th grade, 5th month (interest level is also noted in a similar fashion).


Adjustable tables

The main floor of the library has one height-adjustable public patron computer station (southwest corner by room 214), and one height-adjustable table with library carrel with CCTV (northeast corner by room 204). There are two height-adjustable computer stations in the main computer lab and one in each of the smaller computer labs on the lower level of the library. On the upper level, there is also one height-adjustable computer station (southwest corner by room 315).

CCTVs (Print Enlargers)

We have two CCTVs. One has a black and white display; the other one has a color display and text-to-speech functionality. They are located in the textbook area on the main level of the library, just across from the Circulation Desk.

Enlarging Photocopiers

Photocopies can be enlarged up to 141% on all library photocopiers. Copies cost 10 cents per page.

Assistive Equipment

The DSPS Assistive Technology Center can train you in how to use the assistive computer technology and adaptive equipment in the library. To use this equipment, you must first register with DSPS.

Assistive hardware in the library:

  • Two Windows computers with Internet access:
      • Computer #1 features a 22" monitor, Optibook flatbed scanner and Zoomtext Image Reader.
      • Computer #2 features a 22" monitor, Optibook flatbed scanner and Braille embosser with Tiger software.
  • Multicolor CCTV with text-to-speech

Software available on assistive computers:

  • Jaws 11.0
  • Kurzweil 3000 ver. 12
  • ZoomText 10.1
  • OmniPage Professional 17
  • Dragon Naturally Speaking ver. 10.1
  • Microsoft Office Suite 2013 (including Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Outlook)

For computer and equipment help or training, contact our Assistive Technology Specialist at:

Phone: (626) 585-7242


Office: D-209

Assistive Software on all Library Computers

All library lab computers include the following features and software:

  • Windows Ease of Access Center (Magnifier, Narrator, On-Screen Keyboard, Windows Speech Recognition)
  • Jaws – screen reader
  • Kurzweil Braille Viewer
  • Kurzweil 3000 – text to speech
  • Learning Ally – audio books for students with blindness, visual impairment and dyslexia
  • Zoomtext – magnifier