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The Libraries’ goal is to provide access for all of our users, including those with permanent or temporary disabilities.

For specific requests, contact us by email at lib-accommodations@nyu.edu, or by phone: +1 212-998-2509

Digital Accessibility

Alternative Formats and Accessible PDFs

Contact lib-accommodations@nyu.edu to request access to alternative formats and/or accessible PDFs of library resources. We work closely with the Moses Center for Student Accessibility to procure accessible alternatives, but you can also contact the Accessibility & Accommodations Librarian directly to inquire about alternative formats.

HathiTrust Accessible Text Request Service

HathiTrust Accessible Text Request Service. If you are blind or have a print disability, you can request a copy of any copyrighted book in the HathiTrust collection by emailing lib-accomodations@nyu.edu with detailed information about the material(s) you need.

Internet Archive (Archive.org) Books for People with Print Disabilities

Internet Archive (Archive.org) Books for People with Print Disabilities. If you are blind, have a print disability, or have another disability that interferes with reading printed text, you can request access to the Internet Archive’s collection of accessible books which gives you access to their print-disabled collection and lets you skip waitlists for their ebook collections. Books can be borrowed for up to 14 days and then renewed.

For access, first register for an Archive.org account. Then email lib-accomodations@nyu.edu from your NYU email with information about your accessibility needs, and include the email address you used to register for the Archive.org account. Upon approval, you will be able to access the database.

Andrew Heiskell Braille and Talking Book Library (NYPL)

The Andrew Heiskell Braille and Talking Book Library (NYPL) provides talking books and magazines, and braille for people who are blind, visually impaired, or are otherwise physically unable to read standard print. The library serves residents who live in New York City and Long Island. To borrow Talking Books, talking book players, and/or Braille Books, you must register with the library by meeting eligibility requirements, and submitting an application with a signature of certification.

NYU Digital Accessibility Resources

University Wide Accessibility Tools

  • Grackle is an add-on that runs in Google Docs, Slides, and Sheets. When opened, it scans the current document for accessibility issues.
  • Read&Write is an application for your computer, browser, and tablet that helps make reading, writing, and comprehending text easier. (Note: Directs to NYUHome. NYU login required.)
  • Document Conversion Using SensusAccess is a self-service solution that automates the conversion of documents into a range of alternative formats. (Note: Directs to NYUHome. NYU login required.)
  • NYU Stream provides an option for ordering captions and transcripts to uploaded media.

Adaptive Technology

Adaptive Computing Labs

For those who need adaptive technologies, NYU Libraries has individual labs (two in Bobst Library, one in Dibner Library) which offer a variety of specialized hardware and software.

Regular, on-going users of the Adaptive Computing labs should be registered with the University’s Moses Center for Student Accessibility.

Lab Locations

The following specialized hardware and software are available in the Adaptive Computing Labs:

  • Kurzweil 1000: reads books and other print materials aloud
  • CCTV: closed circuit enlargement of print materials
  • JAWS: allows users to listen to the contents of the computer’s screen
  • ZoomText: magnification and screen reading
  • Dragon Naturally Speaking: allows users to dictate, rather than type

The Adaptive Computing Rooms Usage Policy and Guidelines Google Doc has more details about lab access. Each lab has swipe access for authenticated users, and is equipped with an auto-opening door and adjustable height desks.

Other software of interest:

Retrieving Books and Other Materials

Bobst, Dibner, and Brause Libraries provide a locker delivery option for circulating book materials. If you need an accessible height locker (below four feet), you can tell the Libraries by registering in the Luxer One app. Information about the app is included in the email confirmation you receive from our delivery services team.

If you need assistance retrieving books and materials from our libraries contact: lib-accommodations@nyu.edu, or by phone at +1 212-998-2509 in advance of your library visit.

Physical Accessibility

Bobst Library

There are no steps leading to the building’s entrance. For access to the Lower Levels (LL1 & LL2) and Floors 2 through 10 use the two elevators on the east side of the building.

The Mezzanine is not accessible via public elevators, but service elevator access can be requested with Public Safety or by contacting lib-accommodations@nyu.edu / +1 212-998-2509. If you are meeting with a librarian or other Library staff member whose office is on the Mezzanine, please contact them directly to arrange access.

For access to Floors 11 and 12, use the elevator on the far west side.

Dibner Library

There are no steps leading to the building’s entrance. The main entrance to the library is located on the 3rd floor and 4th floor access is available via elevator.

Wheelchair-Accessible (ADA Compliant) Restrooms

Bobst Library

Wheelchair accessible restrooms are located on Lower Levels 1 & 2 (LL1, LL2) and on the 5th floor of Bobst.

Dibner Library

Wheelchair accessible restrooms are available on the ground floor of the Dibner building.