Accessibility Service Policy

Eugene McDermott Library offers a wide range of services for users with disabilities. However, we recognize that sometimes special assistance is needed to use some resources. To ensure staff availability, we encourage users to give advance notice to make full use of our services and resources.


Accessibility Office & Adaptive Technology

The Accessibility Office (MC 2.408, located in Multimedia Services) is available to UTD students, faculty, and staff with disabilities on a first come, first served basis. A UTD NetID is needed to use the equipment.

Accessibility Office hardware includes:

  • Dell OptiPlex computer, Microsoft Windows-enabled.
  • TOPAZ desktop magnifier.
  • SARA and PEARL scanners for converting book text to digital text for reading aloud. Converted books can be saved as TXT (plain or rich text), MS Word, or audio files.
  • Braille keyboard.

Adaptive Software includes:

  • Open Book – via the PEARL scanner, converts book scans to digital text or audio files and reads text aloud.
  • MAGIC – screen magnification software.
  • JAWS – reads aloud and assists with navigating the computer environment (desktop, applications, and web pages).
  • Dragon Naturally Speaking – allows the use of voice commands via microphone headset to navigate the computer environment and use applications.


Accessibility Office Room Use Rules

Appointment times for the office are scheduled for 2-hour blocks. If no one is waiting to use the office, the user may continue working. If a user does not show up within 15 minutes of the appointment time, the office will be made available to the next person.

To book time with the Accessibility Office Equipment, call Research Services at 972-883-2643 (alternate number – Services Desk – 972-883-2953).

The Accessibility Office is intended for studying and research purposes. Because it is located in Multimedia Services, the space is not for group meetings. It contains one desk for the computer and accessibility equipment, with room to study. The office is available during Multimedia Services operating hours.

For first-time use of the Accessibility Office, we ask that users schedule an appointment for a brief orientation (approximately 15 minutes) with one of the Accessibility Librarians listed at the bottom of the page.


Photocopy and Printing Services

Services Desk staff are available to assist with the copying and printing of materials in the Copy Center. Copies and prints can be paid using your Comet Card ($.06/side, B&W; $.25/side, color).  Cash may be added to your Comet Card using the Add Value machine near the copiers. Credit or debit card may be used to add funds to your Comet Card online.


Document Scanning and Delivery

If you need assistance converting physical materials to OCR (Optical Character Recognition) PDFs or another format, the Interlibrary Loan Department can assist you with electronic delivery of book chapters and journal articles.

Submit an article or chapter request online at

For more information, please email or call the Interlibrary Loan Department at [email protected]
Phone # 972-883-2900


Retrieval of Materials

Services Desk staff will retrieve physical materials (books, multimedia) upon request. If staffing permits, retrieval will be done immediately. Otherwise, we will strive to make items available within 24 hours.

Request for Accommodation

Any UTD student, staff, or faculty member who requires special accommodations beyond the services listed above should contact the Dean of Libraries, Dr. Ellen Safley ([email protected]), 972-883-2960.


Questions? Comments? Concerns?

For more information or to book an orientation to the Accessibility Office, contact one of the following Accessibility Librarians:

Page Last Updated: December 5, 2018