Skip to main content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.

Accessibility for People with Disabilities: Home

This guide provides information to help people with disabilities access and navigate library spaces, resources, and services. People with specific concerns or accommodation needs are encouraged to contact AU Libraries for assistance.

About this Guide

This guide provides information to help people with disabilities access and navigate library spaces, resources, and services. People with specific concerns or accommodation needs are encouraged to contact AU Libraries for assistance.

NOTE: Due to COVID-19, library services are reduced. For more information about updated services see Library Services Information for Fall 2020

Herrick Library

Herrick Physical Spaces

Entrance(s)

Wheelchair users and people with mobility challenges can access the building through the door facing the parking lot (behind the building) or via the Drake Wing (to the left of the front door).

Restrooms

The first floor has two accessible, single-user restrooms, located across from the computer lab. The lower floor has multi-stall restrooms with at least one accessible stall. The upper floor has multi-stall restrooms without wheelchair-accessible stalls. (We apologize for the inconvenience.)

Elevator

An elevator is available to access all floors of the library.

Study Spaces

The second floor of Herrick is designated a Silent Study area with a variety of tables and chair arrangements including soft seating and study carrels.

There are also study rooms available for small groups on the first floor. Study rooms are offered on a first-come, first-served basis and are generally not reservable. 

The main floor has the Bookend Cafe, computer lab, circulation desk, and more collaborative spaces -- it tends to be the noisiest floor of the library.

Library Materials

A scanner with optical character recognition (OCR) capability is available for patron use on the main floor.

Read&Write Gold is available on all library computers. (More information on Read&Write Gold.)

Library staff are available to help locate and retrieve materials in the "stacks" (books and journals) and help users navigate the library website.

Walk-up assistance is available at the front desk. To better assist, it is recommended that users expecting to need extensive assistance contact libraries@alfred.edu ahead of their visit to make arrangements.

Additional Services

Herrick Library is also home to the offices of Information Technology Services (ITS) (lower level) and the Center for Academic Success (upper level).

Scholes Library

Scholes Physical Spaces

Entrance(s)

Wheelchair users and people with mobility challenges can access the building via the front door. Parking is available in front of the building. The parking lot behind the building (between Scholes Library and the Ceramics Museum) does not have a public entrance.

Restrooms

Accessible, single-user restrooms are available on the lower level (ground floor) and third floor. The first and second floor restrooms are multi-stall restrooms without wheelchair-accessible stalls. (We apologize for the inconvenience.)

Elevator

An elevator is available to access all floors of the library. From the front door, enter the main library space ("Scholes Commons") and turn right.

Study Spaces

While there is no designated quiet study space, individual and small group study rooms are available on every floor. Most rooms are located on the lower level (ground floor) and third floor. Most study rooms are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. But, there are two reservable study rooms, one on the 2st floor and one on the 3rd.

Library Materials

Scanners with optical character recognition (OCR) capability are available for patron use on every floor.

Read&Write Gold is available on all library computers. (More information on Read&Write Gold.)

Library staff are available to help locate and retrieve materials in the "stacks" (books and journals) and help users navigate the library website.

Walk-up assistance is available at the front desk. To help us better prepare, it is recommended that users expecting to need extensive assistance contact libraries@alfred.edu ahead of their visit to make arrangements.

Contact

General Questions/Concerns: libraries@alfred.edu

Contact Person: Samantha Dannick (dannick@alfred.edu)

Samantha is the Engineering and Scholarly Communication Librarian. She also serves as the AU Libraries accessibility contact person and works collaboratively with the Center for Academic Success (CAS) and Information Technology Services (ITS) on universal design for learning (UDL) and other disability and accessibility issues.

Samantha Dannick photo