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Services for People with Disabilities: Disabilities Services

Services for People with Disabilities

Library Services Students Faculty
and Staff
with Disabilities

Disability Services is in the Library

UW-Stout Disabilities Office
University Library
Robert S. Swanson Library and Learning Center Room 120

If unavailable call 715-232-1215 (Reference Desk) or use Ask a Librarian form


Research Assistance

Research assistance is available during Reference hours or by consultation

The University Library provides assistance and adaptive technology to provide patrons with various disabilities access to the library and its resources.


Assistive Technology Equipment

  • Accessible Windows PC Workstation in the Assistive Technology Area on the first floor.
  • NOTE: Telecommunications Device for the Deaf (TDDs) are available in the Stout Vocational Rehabilitation Institute Office (101 Vocational Rehabilitation Building 715-232-2995).



  • Library staff try to ensure that all the library's resources are as accessible as possible.  Please inform the library staff of any accessibility needs.



For accommodations, please meet with UW-Stout Disability Services staff to determine appropriate accommodations. (120 Robert S. Swanson Library and Learning Center 715-232-2995).


Proxy Borrower Service


Extended Loans

  • Circulation may extend checkout time for not-in-demand circulation materials.
  • Contact (715-232-1215).


Materials Retrieval (Paging)

  • Books: Items will be paged based on staff availability and workload.
  • Journals:
    • If assistance is needed, consult with a Reference librarian who will be able to help or make arrangements for further instruction.
    • If there are five or more journals needing to be paged, contact a Circulation Supervisor at the Circulation Desk in person or at 715-232-1215 to discuss lead time and what is feasible.


Assisted Printing and Scanning

  • Patrons whose disabilities prevent them from using a printer, scanner, or card reader may request that library staff print or scan for them.
  • More information on Printing and Scanning.

Depending on staffing, and the volume and timing of requests, immediate printing or scanning may not be possible.  Patrons with disabilities may be asked to leave their retrieved materials for scanning by staff a later time if staff are unable to devote extended attention to their needs at the time.  The patron is required to supply a CD-R disc (not CD-RW), or use a USB flash drive for scanning.

Library staff process requests as quickly as possible.   However, due to staffing constraints, limits on how many requests can be processed per person within a specified time period.  If the patron anticipates a large volume of items needing to be scanned, contact Circulation staff either in person or at 715-232-1215 to discuss lead time and what is feasible.


Articles that Are Unavailable

Patrons are expected to verify that the University Library owns each item that they are requesting to be scanned prior to submitting requests.

If it appears that a patron with disabilities is systematically submitting Paging/Scanning Request forms for items that the Library does not own, Library staff will refer the patron to Reference staff for the appropriate instruction.  If this type of request continues to be submitted, there will be a $1.00 charge for each item that is requested that the library does not own.  The remainder of the fee, if there is a remainder, for that item will be refunded to the patron's account.