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Accessibility Policy

Specialized Reference Assistance

The University of Mississippi Libraries are committed to providing assistive reference service. For specialized assistance at JD Williams Library, ask at the reference desk located in the Information Commons. We will try to meet your request in a timely fashion, but due to conflicting schedules, advance notice may be needed. Please contact Kristin Rogers, Electronic Resources and Discovery Librarian & Assistant Professor. To set up an appointment at the Science Library, contact Brian Young, Head of Science Library. For Off-Campus/Distance students, contact Kristin Rogers, Electronic Resources and Discovery Librarian & Assistant Professor.

Library Instruction

Advance notice will be needed for users with disabilities who need accommodations during library instruction sessions. Arrangements may include, but are not limited to, sign language interpreters and ensuring our electronic classroom is accessible to someone with special needs. Users with disabilities who need accommodations during library instruction sessions should contact Amy E. Gibson, Head of Instruction.

Borrowing Material From the Libraries

Proxy Borrower cards

Proxy Borrower Cards are available to users with disabilities. They allow someone else to check out items for a user. The user, not the proxy, remains responsible for all items checked out on the card. Contact Stan Whitehorn, Head of Access Services.

Exceptions to Circulation Policies

In certain cases, exceptions will be made to general circulation policies in order to accommodate the access needs of users with disabilities. Users with disabilities should request these exceptions at the circulation desk of the library housing the needed material. Examples of accommodations may include, but are not limited to:

  • allowing users to check out non-circulating or “library use only” material in cases where users require assistive technology to use the material and the technology is not available in that library
  • allowing extended loan periods to users who need additional time with material in order to have it translated into an accessible format.

Fines, fees and replacement costs

All users are responsible for fines, fees and replacement costs for overdue, lost, or damaged materials.

Interlibrary Loan

Current University of Mississippi students, faculty, and staff are eligible to borrow items from other libraries through Interlibrary Loan (ILL). Users with special needs can request items currently held in the Library in a different format, such as Braille or large print. Users should be aware that not all items are available in an alternate format. Contact Judy Greenwood, Head of Interlibrary Loan Librarian.

Copying Services

The University of Mississippi Libraries provides photocopiers for public use in each library. Users who require assistance with photocopiers should request it from the staff at the circulation desk. At JD Williams Library assistance can be found at the West Circulation Desk. At the Science Library assistance can be found at the Circulation Desk. If you need additional assistance or have questions at JD Williams library, please contact Stan Whitehorn, Head of Access Services. For assistance at the Science Library, contact Brian Young, Head of Science Library.

Adopted from University of Texas-Austin “Service to User’s with Disabilities” http://www.lib.utexas.edu/services/assistive/policy.html,
accessed July 2004
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