Library Services Persons with Disabilities

Library Services for Persons with Disabilties

Adaptive Equipment and Software


+ ABBYY FineReader

An OCR (Optical Character Recognition) and PDF conversion software. It provides functionality for converting images received from a scanner, a digital camera or by fax, as well as PDF files, into editable and searchable formats. The program accurately retains formatting and layout of documents and supports a wide range of recognition languages and output file formats.
Abby Full Guide

+ Dragon Naturally Speaking

Speech to text software, available at the workstation.
Dragon Naturally Speaking Guide

+ NVDA Screen Reader & Window-Eyes

Screen readers that works with a computer to provide access to software applications and the Internet. 
NVDA Screen Reader
Window Eyes

+ Canon DR-2580C Scanner

A duplexing scanner with documents feeder. Instructions on how to use the scanner.

+ Kurzweil 1000

A scanning, reading and writing software for use by people who are blind, visually impaired, or who have specific learning disabilities. 
Reference GuideUsing The KeypadKeypad Maps, and Quick Tour Guide.

Also includes a Classic Literature CD
The Classic Literature CD is a portable library of approximately 1,800 electronic texts, selected from public domain material available from websites such as

+ ZoomText

Adaptive software that provides advanced screen magnification.
Zoom Text Manual

If you require training or assistance with using these technologies, please contact Library Accessibility Support at for special assistance. or the University Accessibility Office at (203) 254-4000 ext. 2615.

Adaptive Technology Suggestions

Suggest additional technologies and items to loan out.

Materials in Alternative Formats

The library purchases non-print materials, including DVDs (most of which provide subtitles), music CDs, CD-ROMs, and streaming formats. If the library does not own what you need in an accessible format, Fairfield University, University Accessibility Office (203) 254-4000 ext. 2445 can often secure copies in Braille or large print, or on CD (RFBD).

Building Accessibility

There are two (2) elevators in the library providing elevator access on every floor.
Accessible entrances are available on two floors:

  • the lower level by the handicap parking spaces on the south side of the library (must call (203) 254-4044 to have lower level door opened)
  • the main level via automatic doors

Telephone Assistance

Relay Connecticut is a free service that provides full telephone accessibility to people who are deaf, hard-of-hearing, deaf-blind, and speech-disabled.


Accessibility Computer Area

  1. Reserve Group Study Room 308
  2. Ask Library Services & Information Desk for Access Pass (computer login information) 
  3. Microphone & Headset are available at the Library Services & Information Desk

AT equipment in Library

Ask for help at the Library Services & Information Desk