Kennedy Library is committed to making both printed and digital content accessible to all visitors.

In collaboration with Information Technology Services (ITS) and the Disability Resource Center (DRC), the Library provides a wide range of tools, from screen-enlarging software to text-readers and more, which can enhance the accessibility of textual documents. Wherever possible, the Library produces accessible versions of electronic course reserves, and may be able to assist with other accommodations. Library users are encouraged to ask for assistance at any public service desk.

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The Disability Resource Center can also provide on-demand conversions of Library resources to students who have registered with them. For more information, see the DRC web site.

Assistive technology at Kennedy Library

Building tours

For an overview of the Library including accommodations for special access needs, users are encouraged to make an appointment with their college librarian to arrange a personal tour based on individual interests and needs.

Accessibility in the building

The Kennedy Library building meets the needs of visitors for physical accessibility in several ways:

  • Accessible ramps insure access to the Library main entrance.
  • Library entry doors open automatically when approaching from either direction.
  • Elevators at the rear of the building provide access to the upper levels.
  • Restrooms on all five floors (behind elevators) include accessible accommodations.
  • Computer labs include accessible student and instructor stations with adjustable height tables and adaptive software.

Do you need assistance?

Visitors with questions about accessibility or requiring immediate assistance to retrieve materials or use the building facilities are encouraged contact the Library’s Circulation Desk. Stop by or call 805-756-5760.

For broader accessibility questions, requests for future assistance or to express concerns, please contact Kennedy Library Accessibility Advocate Jesse Vestermark at 756-2640 or by email.

For more ways to get help, see our Ask Us page for IM, email and other resources.

Reference materials

Permission to check out reference materials for short periods of time may be granted at the discretion of a librarian.

Material retrieval

Library materials will be paged upon request for users with special needs. Requests for paging of items should be made at the Circulation Desk. Items will be retrieved based on staff availability and students will be notified when they should return for the materials. Materials paged after regular business hours (8 am to 5 pm) may not be available until the next business day.

Accessibility Links and Resources

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Contact Jesse Vestermark, Kennedy Library’s accessibility advocate for any questions or concerns.