To ensure that all Boston College faculty, staff, students, and visitors have access to the libraries' collections, resources and facilities, a variety of services are provided to assist users with disabilities. Anyone conducting research in the libraries may request staff assistance.
Accommodation Eligible Status
We provide on-shelf request and pick-up service at all libraries as well as a 120-day loan period for students designated Accommodation Eligible. For more information about how to register, students should contact the Disability Services Office.
We provide physical assistance with retrieving books from the stacks. Most requests can be accommodated at point of need. However, if requesting multiple items, please call the library where the books are housed in advance so that staff can have the items ready for pick-up at the designated circulation desk. For more information, call the O'Neill Library Circulation Desk (617) 552-8038 or email us at LibraryAccessfirstname.lastname@example.org.
course materials & textbooks
HathiTrust is a vast collection of digitized public domain and in-copyright books from many libraries including Boston College. Eligible patrons at BC who have a print disability can receive special access to in-copyright materials. According to the HathiTrust, a print disability is "a disability – such as a visual impairment, learning disability physical disability, or other disability – that impedes a person’s ability to access print in the standard way." Detailed instructions on how to identify books and make a request for special access can be found at HathiTrust Accessibility or email the Boston College HathiTrust access group.
Photocopying & Scanning
We provide assistance with photocopying and scanning and have accessible scanners in each library. If you need assistance, please visit the circulation desk.
Vision Resources Workstation
This computer is located on the 3rd floor of O'Neill Library and is equipped with JAWS screen reading software. Please contact the Disability Services Office at email@example.com or 617-552-3470 with questions or concerns.
Visitors needing accommodations may request assistance at the circulation desk of any of the libraries.