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COLGATE UNIVERSITY LIBRARIES
SERVICES TO PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES

In accordance with the mission statement, Case Library and Geyer Center for Information Technology and Cooley Science Library in McGregory Hall are committed to assisting all library users in finding information, developing strategies for conducting effective library research, and learning how to use the Libraries and their resources by serving all persons equally regardless of race, gender, religion, class, ability, sexual orientation or national origin. Users are encouraged to make their needs known as early as possible, and, as with all library transactions, requests for assistance are addressed on a case-by-case basis and are confidential. 

Students requiring special services in the libraries should consult with Lynn Waldman, Office of Academic Support and Disability Services, 315-228-7375, or lwaldman@colgate.edu, who will arrange with the Head of Borrowing Services adjustments to services and policies, as appropriate. 

Borrowing Services (Circulation, Reserves, Borrowing from Other Libraries)

An institutional membership to Learning Ally (formerly the "Recordings for the Blind and Dyslexic") is maintained by Lynn Waldman’s office.

Examples of special services may include the following:

  • Delivery of materials to a dormitory or other campus location as appropriate.  
  • Paging of circulating materials.
  • Extended loan periods.
  • Renewal of materials by phone.
  • Photocopying of non-circulating materials as appropriate and in compliance with the copyright law.
  • Reserve materials may be accessible electronically.

Reference

Reference Librarians are available to assist users with identifying and making full use of the resources available in both libraries. Patrons can pose questions by telephone, SMS/text, chat, or email through the Ask a Librarian page, or in person at the Cooley Circulation desk or the Case-Geyer Reference desk (on Level 3). Students are highly encouraged to make an appointment for extended reference help, either in person or by filling out a Reference Appointment Request form. Call the Case Library Reference desk at 228-7303, or the Cooley Reference desk at 228-7402.

Contact a Reference Librarian directly:

  • Debbie Krahmer (x6592) – Case-Geyer
  • Peter Rogers (x6544) – Case-Geyer
  • Jesi Buell (x7304) – Case-Geyer
  • Peter Tagtmeyer (x7402) – Cooley Library

Special Collections & University Archives

Special Collections & University Archives, located on Level 2 of Case-Geyer, can be reached for appointment, by mail, by phone, by fax, e-mail or via the Internet. Material open for use is available only within the Department during regular hours.  Call Sarah Keen (Head of Special Collections & University Archivist) at 228-7305 or Lora Davis (Assistant Archivist) at 228-6376 for more information or to make an appointment.

Website and Electronic Resources

To increase the accessibility of its website, the Libraries use common web coding languages (HTML and CSS), and require content creators to develop web-based versions of pages before creating PDF or other restricted formats of pages. In the case of electronic resources purchased by the Libraries, the formatting of materials is under the control of the content owners and not the Libraries. Whenever possible, accessibility of materials is considered in the selection of electronic resources. 

For questions or concerns about the website, please contact Jesi Buell (Web Librarian) at 228-7304. For questions about Electronic Resources, please contact Mike Poulin (Digital Resources Librarian) at 228-7025.

Technology

Adaptive technology is available in Case-Geyer, in room 555D on Level 5. A key to the room is available by request at the Level 3 circulation desk. The room can be reserved ahead of time through EMS. Bose noise-cancelling headphones and high quality microphones can be checked out at the circulation desk on Level 3.

For updated information on the technology, please consult the Assistive Technology website.

Facilities

Building Access

  • The main accessible entrance to Case-Geyer is on Level 3, near the parking spaces reserved for persons with disabilities in the East-side parking lot, facing the J.B. Colgate building (Admissions). The West-side parking lot (near the J.B. Colgate building and Little Hall) also has reserved parking; however, there is a steep ramp to reach the Level 3 door on that side.
  • Access to the 24/7 Flex Room space and Café on Case-Geyer Level 5 is available after hours via the Level 3 entrance on the East-side. After the library is closed, you can enter the building through the Level 3 East-side entrance. A side door (accessible with a card-swipe mechanism) is on the right side, and will lead to the East-side Elevator. After arriving on Level 5, turn left out of the elevator, then turn left again to follow the hallway. You will need to swipe your card again at the fire door on the right side at the end of the hall to access the flex room. For further instructions and maps, please read the after hours access page.
  • People with physical disabilities can gain access to the Cooley Science Library from the west entrance into McGregory Hall off of Academic Drive. There are two doors to pass through, and the lobby area is ramped. For elevator access, please consult the Circulation Desk in Cooley.
  • Floor plans of the libraries’ spaces are available online, as well as in directories throughout the building, and paper fliers are available at the service desks.

Bathrooms

  • Every floor in Case-Geyer has a fully compliant ADA accessible stall in the men’s and women’s bathrooms, located on the West side of the building. Level 4 also has a gender-neutral single stall bathroom with locking door and extra space for mobility. It is located directly across from the West-side elevator on Level 4
  • There are no fully compliant ADA accessible bathrooms for patrons using the Cooley Science Library in McGregory Hall. There is a bathroom just outside the ground floor entrance to the library that has a medium-sized stall with two handrails.

Carrels, Study Spaces, and Lockers

  • Senior Thesis Carrels are available in Case-Geyer according to the Senior Thesis Carrel Policy. Senior Thesis Carrel desks are at a fixed height—27.5 inches high, and 33 inches wide. 
  • Study Rooms in Case-Geyer are available to small groups for study. You can reserve or request a room at the Circulation Desk on Level 3. Study Rooms are not usually reserved for single users.
  • Four study carrels in Cooley Science Library are available for individual students.
  • Lockers are available in Case-Geyer according to the Library Locker Policy.

Further questions may be directed to Debbie Krahmer, 315-228-6592 or at dkrahmer@colgate.edu.  

Updated and Approved 12/15/10

 

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