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Services for Students with Disabilities

The CCC Library provides specialized assistance and equipment for users who have a physical or learning disability that limits independent use of the library. The library will coordinate with the college's Disabled Students Programs & Services (DSPS) office if additional accommodations are needed. Please consult with a library staff member for assistance.

ASSISTANCE

Library staff members will assist you by:

  • Facilitating use of the online catalog and computerized databases.
  • Retrieving books from the stacks.
  • Getting patron situated with equipment and demonstrating its use as needed.
  • Extending reserves or loan periods or modifying other lending rules on an individual basis when possible.
  • Assisting with photocopying from books and journals.
  • Reading a word or call number, or providing written or oral directions to locating library materials

If the library is busy and the particular assistance you need will be lengthy, a library staff member may ask you to return at a less busy hour. Please call the Reference Desk 510-215-4897 ahead of time to make an appointment for the following services:

  • Personal library tour
  • Online catalog and databases instruction
  • Internet research and/or instruction
  • Explanation and instruction in sources of specialized information
  • Research paper consultation and assistance

COLLECTIONS and DATABASES

All of the Library's computer workstations are on adjustable tables. These workstations provide access to the CCC Library's online catalog and full-text databases via the Internet.

The National Library Service for the Blind & Physically Handicapped loans Braille, cassette and talking books, magazines, and playback equipment through a network of cooperating libraries. Its web site contains links to collection catalogs, a list of libraries, and a wealth of information pertinent to its users. The California State Library is the loan center for northern California. To apply for services, contact:

Braille & Talking Book Library
California State Library
P.O. Box 942837
Sacramento, CA 94237-001
Hours: 9:30am - 4pm Monday - Friday
Phone: 916-654-0640 or 800-808-2555
FAX: 916-654-1119
email: b&b@library.ca.gov

EQUIPMENT

Patrons with disabilities have priority use of all specialized equipment. Other patrons are asked to yield this equipment gracefully when it is needed.

In the Library's Main Room:

  • All workstations are on adjustable-height tables
  • An Aladdin print magnifier to enlarge items placed on the viewing tray.A switch enables white-on-black background or or black-on-white background.
  • All computers have ZoomText software to magnify text. This software includes DocReader, an automatic voice reader that can read the complete computer document on-screen; users need to provide their own headphones or check them out from the Circulation Desk. See the ZoomText Tutorial for more directions on using its different features.
  • One computer has JAWS screen reader software. Users can get training on how to use it from the DSPS Office.
  • Laptop plug-in table in main room.
  • Wireless internet access for use with own laptops or other devices

In the Media Lab:

  • Stereo audiocassette players
  • Compact disc players
  • Four-track audiocassette player for use with recordings in RFBD format
  • Televisions/VCRs with the ability to play closed captioned videotapes and DVD's

Additional equipment is available in the DSPS Office and High-Tech Lab.

OTHER SERVICES

Contact the Disabled Student Program & Services (DSPS) office in the Student Services Building, Room 109 for additional services available to CCC students with disabilities. 510-215-3969

Additional training may be available through the Center for Accessible Technology, a non-profit organization in Berkeley (2547 8th Street) that offers high tech aid to persons of all ages and ability levels. 510-841-3224

SEE ALSO the Disability Information site list linked to the CCC Site Guides page for additional resources (choose from drop-down menu).

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