The Carl B. Ylvisaker Library is committed to providing equal access to library collections, services, and facilities for all library users. For collections that aren’t accessible, we strive to provide accommodations and timely access to users with disabilities.

Accessing Library Materials

For help accessing items at the library, contact the circulation desk by phone or email: 

For help accessing our Curriculum Collection, ask for help at the library's Curriculum Desk on the 2nd floor. 

Our OpenBook software can convert print books into an OCR electronic document. For help using this software, contact the library's reference desk:

Some of the Carl B.’s databases let you click on a button to listen to the text.

Software/Accessibility Stations

The Carl B. offers accessibility software to help our students, faculty, and staff access online and print materials.  For help locating the software, contact the Circulation desk.  For other questions about the software, contact the Reference Desk.

  • Reference Room, Computer #3782 & Study Room 123, Computer #4591
  • Use Adobe Acrobat Pro DC to zoom in on documents for better viewing, merge PDFs, create PDFs from web pages, and fill out and submit PDF forms online.
  • Adobe Acrobat DC Tutorials
  • Study Room 123, Computer #4591
  • Dragon is a speech recognition software that turns speech into text. For help using Dragon, contact the Office of Disability Services.
  • Dragon NaturallySpeaking 13 Training (Atomic Learning/Hoonuit – login to access video)
  • Reference Room, Computer #3782
  • MAGic is screen magnification and screen reading software for low vision users.
  • MAGic Youtube Tutorial
  • Fishbowl, Computer #4577
  • OpenBook converts printed documents into an OCR electronic document. This software is designed to enhance success for people who are blind or have low vision who need access to printed and electronic materials.
  • OpenBook Youtube Tutorial

Physical Spaces

The Carl B offers many accessible study spaces including carrels, tables, and chairs found throughout the library.

  • Study Rooms: study rooms on the library’s first, third, and fourth floors can be accessed via the library elevator. 
  • Classrooms: the Library Classroom and the Library Instruction Lab are located on the second floor of the library and can be accessed via the library elevator. 
  • Printers: printers are located on the first and second floors of the library. The Fishbowl and Curriculum Center printer release stations are at sitting height.
  • Bathrooms: the library has an accessible, gender neutral restroom just off the main entry of the library.