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Disability Support Services at the MC Libraries

Disability Support Services at the MC Libraries

The Montgomery College Libraries are committed to providing equal access to information services for all students, staff, faculty, and community users, and observe the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Library staff provide reasonable accommodations for users with disabilities.

Access and Facilities

  • The Rockville and Takoma Park/Silver Spring libraries have automatic doors for entrance and exit.
  • Elevators are available for access to different floors. At the Takoma Park/Silver Spring library (RC 215), ask for staff assistance at the Access Services Desk (the elevator requires a key).
  • Accessible areas meet ADA requirements. However, some areas may not be easily reached. Please ask for assistance at the Access Services Desk to be accommodated in these areas. Wherever possible, comparable services are provided in accessible areas. Access Services and Reference Desks have been designed to accommodate persons who use wheelchairs or who need to sit while service is being provided.

Disability Support Services Areas

Disability Support Services (DSS) areas contain equipment to assist users with learning disabilities or users with special visual, auditory, or mobility needs.

Students who need to use TTY for outgoing calls will find these phones near the Security office on each campus, in the Rockville Campus Center, or in the Guldelsky Institute.

The Germantown, Rockville, and Takoma Park/Silver Spring libraries each have: 

  • Sorensen Video Relay Service (VRS): A free service for hearing impaired users that enables them to conduct video relay calls with faculty and/or staff through a certified American Sign Language interpreter.
  • Computer Workstation: Equipped with an oversized monitor. Also has disability support technology:
    • JAWS: A screen reader, with Braille support, that includes an internal software speech synthesizer reading aloud what appears on the screen
    • VTEK: Enlarges print material
    • Kurzweil 3000 Reader: Translates print from the computer screen to audio
    • Zoomtext: Enlarges and enhances everything on the computer screen
  • Scanner: Digitizes print so that it can be viewed on assistive machines
  • Furniture: Height adjustable
  • Video cassette and DVD players with closed captioning. Please note the libraries makes every effort to purchase Closed Captioned videos, but some videos are not available in Closed Captioned versions.

The following libraries have additional disability support technology:

Rockville (MT)

  • Aladdin XL: Enlarges text from print sources.

Takoma Park/Silver Spring (RC)

  • Aladdin GeniePro: Enlarges text from print sources.

Cafritz Arts Center (CF)

  • No disability support technology is available in the Cafritz Arts Center library at this time.

Services

All libraries employees are committed to providing reasonable accommodations to users with disabilities. Libraries employees are available to help with the use of disability support technology equipment. We provide the following services, if needed:

  • Retrieval of books and other materials from the stacks.
  • Assistance in the use of scanners and other library equipment.
  • Interlibrary Loan (ILL) of special needs materials.
  • The Access Services Desk will place materials on hold for users who have difficulty transporting materials.

Please Note: Students who need services beyond what libraries employees are trained to provide and accommodate are requested to make prior arrangements with a DSS counselor.

Need Help?

Contact Disability Support Services (DSS) on your campus for more information about DSS orientation and training. 


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