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Disability Resources

UTC Library provides reasonable accommodations for members of the UTC community with disabilities. As with all library services, UTC students, faculty and staff will be given first priority. Every effort will be made to accommodate requests such as book retrieval or photocopying, but staffing levels and other pending user requests may cause short delays.

Information regarding campus accommodations can be found at the UTC Disability Resource Center.

Visual Impairments

The library is equipped with assistive technology and software for use by individuals with visual impairments.

Elevators within the library provide access to all public areas and are labeled for use by individuals with visual impairments.

A height adjustable table with accessible PC workstations and Optelec magnifier are available on the 2nd Floor in the OSD Services room at the back of the Information Commons. Resources available on or near the accessible PC workstations in that room:

  • Optelec (CCTV) printed material magnifier
  • Flatbed scanner
  • Headphones may be checked out at the Information Commons Desk on the 2nd Floor
  • JAWS speech synthesizer
  • Kurzweil 1000 - scan and read software that makes printed or electronic text accessible to people who are blind or visually impaired
  • ZoomText screen magnification program
  • ZoomText keyboard which has large print and is designed to interact with the ZoomText screen magnification program

Hearing or Speech Impairments

Individuals with hearing or speech impairments may contact the Reference Department via:

Telephone: (423) 425-4510
Fax: (423) 425-4775
Email: Email Web Form
U.S. Mail:

Reference Department

UTC Library/Dept. 6456

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

600 Douglas Street

Chattanooga, TN 37403-2598

The Reference Department may also be contacted via the Tennessee Relay Service at:

Telephone: 1-800-848-0299
TDD: 1-800-848-0298

Individuals with hearing or speech impairments may communicate with staff at the Tennessee Relay Service Center using a Telecommunications Device for the Deaf (TDD). Staff at the Tennessee Relay Service Center will relay messages to the Reference Department. Replies will be relayed by the Tennessee Relay Service Center back to the original caller using a TDD device.

Learning Disabilities and ADHD

The Library is equipped with assistive technology and software for use by individuals with learning disabilities and ADHD. Kurzweil 3000 is an assistive technology, text to speech, learning tool that supports the concept of Universal Design for Learning with a suite of reading, writing, and study skill tools that help make curricula accessible to all individuals. It is particularly appropriate for individuals with learning disabilities such as dyslexia, dysgraphia, those who require reading intervention, individuals struggling with reading comprehension and English Language Learners (ELL). 

Physical Impairments

An elevator is available from Ground Floor on the Douglas Street side to the library's main entrance on the Second Floor.

Doors to the Library can be opened electronically when activated by an individual. Elevators within the Library provide access to all public areas and are labeled for use by individuals with visual impairments.

All public restrooms are wheelchair accessible.

Retrieving Materials: individuals who need assistance retrieving books and other materials should contact Library employees at the nearest Service Desk. For assistance with materials located in the Circulating Collection (Ground Floor), please visit the Service Desk on the Ground Floor or the Check-Out Desk on the First Floor.

Photocopying or Scanning Materials: individuals who need assistance photocopying or scanning library materials should contact Library employees at the nearest Service Desk.

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