UCB Libraries

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Disabilities Services in the Libraries

The University of Colorado Libraries makes every effort to provide library services for disabled patrons. Please ask for assistance whenever you are having difficulty locating or obtaining an item or service. If you need services beyond those listed here or if you have any questions or suggestions, please contact the Associate Director for Collections and Services (303-492-6897). For additional assistance on campus, contact the Office of Disability Services in Willard 331, 303-492-8671 (voice/TTY).


The holdings of the University Libraries are accessible through Chinook, the Library Catalog, via computer terminals located throughout the Libraries. Wireless access is available in the Libraries.


Numerous other databases and library catalogs are also available through Chinook. Materials not available at UCB may usually be obtained by using Interlibrary Loan Services (303-492-6176).

Building Access
There is wheelchair access at the East and West entrances. The Circulation Desk is located directly opposite the second floor, west entrance. Research Desk is located on the second floor, east side.


Drinking Fountains
Wheelchair accessible drinking fountains are located between the restrooms on the second and third floors, and across from the public telephones in the east entrance lobby.


Disability parking is available on campus. For detailed information, please contact Parking and Transportation Services (PTS).


Photocopy Services

There are three photocopy machines on Norlin's second floor: one in Research & Instruction; one at the second floor landing, east side; one in Science, west side.



Wheelchair accessible restrooms are located on the second and third floors of Norlin Library.


Study Carrels
Study carrels with adjustable table heights between 28 and 34 inches from the floor are provided in the Research Center for Chinook access. There are height adjustable keyboards in the seconf floor Science Collection area computer stations. Other tables can be adjusted upon request to Administrative Services (303-492-8625).


A wheelchair accessible, campus courtesy telephone is located in the east lobby of Norlin.

Either Circulation Desk or Research Desk personnel will retrieve materials as requested.

Books identified in Chinook as located in "Norlin Stacks" are shelved, depending upon call number, on floors 3A, 3B, or 3C.


You may request materials be delivered to the circulation desk at the CU library of your choice using the "Request It" link in the catalog.  Requested items are typically ready for pick-up within 1-3 days.  Volunteer Bookfinders are also available to assist with retrieving materials in Norlin from 10:00 a.m. to Noon and from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm weekdays. The Bookfinder station is located outside the third floor book stacks entrance.  If you need immediate help obtaining materials, please come to a circulation desk for assistance.

Research Area Low Vision Station
2nd floor, opposite Research Desk

  1. O/S: Windows 7
  2. Adaptive software: JAWS (screen reader), MAGic (screen enlarger)
  3. Workstation: powered adjustable height table
  4. Audio Output: requires standard audio headset
  5. Printing: any pay-for-print station in Research Services area
  6. Station Managed by: OIT

Adjustable Height Tables
Located in the Research area and at other locations throughout Norlin.

Branch Libraries

The University Libraries has five branch libraries located in buildings throughout the campus. All branch libraries are wheelchair accessible:

Business (303-492-8367)


Earth Sciences & Map (303-492-6133)


Engineering, Mathematics & Physics (303-492-5396)


Music (303-492-8093)

The holdings of all branches are accessed through the Chinook Catalog. The record for each item will indicate its library location. If you have any questions regarding the ability of a certain branch to meet your needs, please call them.

Patrons can renew their own books online at http://libraries.colorado.edu by clicking "My Chinook" and using either identikey or PIN (depending upon your user type) to access your library account.


Books may be renewed in person at the Norlin Circulation Desk or by telephone. Call 303-492-7477 between 8:00 a.m. and 11:00 p.m. to renew your books by phone. UCB students have unlimited renewal unless a book has been recalled or requested by another borrower. Whenever a book has been recalled or requested, it must be returned by the due date found on the Notice of Recall/Request.

Colorado Talking Book Library (CTBL)

A free service to Coloradans of all ages who are unable to read standard print material due to visual, physical or learning disabilities whether permanent or temporary. CTBL provides audio, Braille and large-print books and magazines.