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Services for people with disabilities

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McGill Library and the Office for Students with Disabilities coordinate programmes and services with the goal of providing a rewarding library experience to users with disabilities. Your suggestions are welcomed.

The Office for Students with Disabilities has a range of information and services for students with disabilities at McGill, including course-related material in large print, or Braille. The Office also teams up volunteers with users to help them in their library needs. Students with disabilities are encouraged to enquire at the Office and to register there.

Classes, workshops, tours

Liaison librarian

Students with disabilities are welcome to participate in all library instructional activities. The McGill Library also offers library instruction on demand for students with hearing, learning, and visual disabilities.

The Library Catalogue and electronic resources

Workstations with adaptive technology giving access to the Library Catalogue and electronic resources such as article indexes and databases, bibliographies, and online reference are found throughout the library system.

Computer facilities

Redpath Adaptive Lab and Student Lounge

OSD runs a small computer lab in Room 5B of the Redpath Library. The lab is located on the main floor, next to the Access McGill Lounge (Room 5A) and is open during regular library hours.

The OSD website has information on software and hardware, and staffing.

Adapted workstations in the Library

Adapted workstations equipped with scanners, screen readers and large-print software including JAWS, ZoomText and OpenBook may be found at the following locations:

  • Education Curriculum Resources Centre
  • Humanities and Social Sciences Library
  • Life Sciences Library
  • Macdonald Campus Library
  • Marvin Duchow Music Library
  • Schulich Library of Science and Engineering

For more information, please contact jeffrey [dot] grummett [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Jeffrey Grummett) , 514-398-8284, or visit the OSD website.

Library access and facilities

Birks Reading Room

Hours, location, contact.

  • Access is via the side door of 3520 University Street; buzz the faculty receptionist.
  • The library will retrieve material if given advance notice.
  • Book returns are at wheelchair height.
  • An over-the-counter photocopy service is available in the library.

Blackader-Lauterman Library

Hours, location, contact.

  • Access is via the elevators located in the Redpath Library Building.
  • Washrooms are wheelchair accessible, located on the 3rd floor close to the elevators.

Education Curriculum Resources Centre

Hours, location, contact.

Building Entrance

The entrance to the Faculty of Education Building on Peel Street is ground level and is equipped with automatic doors. Access to the Education Curriculum Resources Centre is easily available from this entrance by taking the elevator to the first floor. The MUCTC Transport Adapté bus stops here.

Computers

Wheelchair accessible computers are located just outside the entrance to the E-Zone, across from the Reference stacks. These computers are also equipped with special software and a scanner to assist those with visual difficulties. Staff is available to assist users.

Retrieving material from stacks

Circulation and reference staff will assist users with disabilities in retrieving items from the stacks. Ask at either Service Desk, or call ahead 398-5726.

Photocopying

Staff will assist users with their photocopying needs. Advance notice is appreciated.

Washrooms

A washroom equipped with stalls and fixtures designed for wheelchair access is located on the 2nd floor, near the Peel Street entrance.

Parking

Preferential parking is available for students who require parking due to their disability. Contact the Office for Students with Disabilities (514-398-6009; TTY 514-398-8198) Brown Building, Room 3100. Designated parking spaces are located in the Education Building garage. The Education Curriculum Resources Centre is accessible by taking the elevator to the first floor.

Telephones

Height accessible pay telephones with volume control are located on all floors of the Education building.

Edward Rosenthall Mathematics and Statistics Library

Hours, location, contact.

Rosenthall library is wheelchair accessible via the north door of Burnside Hall. Take the elevator to 11th floor.

The library will retrieve material if given advance notice. Book returns are at wheelchair height.

Height accessible pay telephones with volume control are located in the building. Wheelchair-accessible toilets are located in Burnside Hall basement and on the 6th floor.

Government Information Service

Hours, location, contact.

Access to the Government Information Service is available via the McLennan and Redpath Library building. Enter from the gate at 3485 McTavish Street and the Redpath Terrace (the STM Transport Adapté bus stops here). Vehicle access is via the Roddick Gates. Take the elevator to 2nd floor.

Material will be retrieved upon request.

There is a height accessible photocopier in the Copy room of the Main Floor. Clients will need a copy card and have to make their own copies. Height accessible pay telephones with volume control are located in the building. Wheelchair accessible toilets are located in the Humanities and Social Sciences Library on the 5th and 6th floors.

Humanities and Social Sciences Library

Hours, location, contact.

Access to the McLennan and Redpath Library buildings is available from the 3485 McTavish Street gate to campus and the Redpath Terrace. The STM Transport Adapté bus stops here.

Study carrels provide a place for students to store their books so that they do not have to carry them back and forth between their home and the Library. Stop by the Loans Desk or contact Joyce Whiting for more information.
514-398-6170
joyce [dot] whiting [at] mcgill [dot] ca

Vehicle access is via the Roddick Gates entrance to the University.

The library has a catalogue terminal which accommodates a wheelchair.

A CCTV print enlarger is available.

Requests from McGill users registered with OSD to retrieve material may be handed in at the Loans desk in Redpath Library Building Main Floor. These requests are handles during regularly scheduled stack runs at 11:00am and 4:00pm daily.

Renew books by telephone by calling 514-398-4700 or TD\TTY 398-3422 during opening hours, or renew online via the library catalogue.

Book returns in McLennan lobby are at wheelchair height. There is an outdoor returns chute at the McTavish Street entrance.

There is a height accessible photocopier in the Copy room of Redpath Main Floor. You need a library copy card to copy and you must make your own copies. Students who are eligible by disability and require course related material copied, may contact Mr. Jeffrey Grummett at the Office for Students with Disabilities to make arrangements for copies to be made.

Height accessible pay telephones with volume control are located on all floors.

Wheelchair accessible toilets are located on Redpath Main and 3rd floors and McLennan 5th and 6th floors.

Any questions?
Telephone: 514-398-4701
hsslloans [dot] library [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Email)

Islamic Studies Library

Hours, location, contact.

  • Access: Please call ahead for assistance with key access to elevator and doors.
  • Wheelchair-accessible toilets are located in Morrice Hall, Ground floor.

Life Sciences Library

Hours, location, contact.

  • The Life Sciences Library is currently undergoing renovations.
  • Life Sciences Library can be accessed by users with disabilities using the elevators located in the McIntyre Medical Sciences Building.
  • Please ask at the service desk if you need assistance. 

Macdonald Campus Library

Hours, location, contact.

  • The Macdonald Campus Library is wheelchair accessible via one elevator on Level 1 of Barton and via the link on Level 2, with one wheelchair accessible washroom in the library.
  • If you need any assistance you can count on the staff to help out in any way that they can.

Marvin Duchow Music Library

Hours, location, contact.

The Marvin Duchow Music Library is wheelchair accessible. Library services and facilities have been adapted for use by all clients. An internal elevator provides easy access to each floor. Library staff members are pleased to assist any client in need. Please alert a member of the full-time staff to any concerns, problems, or questions concerning accessibility issues.

Nahum Gelber Law Library

Hours, location, contact.

  • Access via main entrance from Peel Street.
  • Book returns are at wheelchair height.
  • An over-the-counter photocopy service is available in the library.
  • Students with disabilities may request the retrieval of books from the stacks. Books requested by 12 noon will be available at the Loans and Information Desk at 5 pm the same day. This service is only available from Monday to Friday.

Osler Library of the History of Medicine

Hours, location, contact.

  • Access to the Osler Library is via entrances to the McIntyre Medical Sciences Building on Promenade Sir-William-Osler (1st floor) and on Avenue des Pins/Pine Avenue (6th floor). Take the elevator to the 3rd floor.
  • The library is completely wheelchair accessible via an elevator within the library itself. The library has a Library Catalogue terminal which accommodates a wheelchair. Wheelchair-accessible toilets are located in the McIntyre Medical Sciences Building on the 5th floor.

Rare Books and Special Collections

Hours, location, contact.

All material is retrieved by staff.

Access via the McLennan and Redpath Library Building from the 3485 McTavish Street gate to campus and the Redpath Terrace (STM Paratransit Service bus stops here). Vehicle access via Roddick Gates. Take elevator to 4th floor.

Height accessible pay telephones with volume control are located in the building. Wheelchair accessible toilets are located in the McLennan Library Building on the 5th and 6th floors.

Schulich Library of Science and Engineering

Hours, location, contact.

The Library is wheelchair accessible, except for Level 1A. Please ask at the Loans desk if you need assistance retrieving material from Level 1A.

There is an adapted workstation - equipped with a scanner, screen reader and large print software - located in the lounge area on the main floor (Level 2). It has the following:

  • scanner
  • JAWS screen reader
  • ZoomText
  • Open Book

Geographic Information Centre

Hours, location, contact.

The library is wheelchair accessible and enlarging equipment is available for sight impaired persons.

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