Disability Services

HSCLA aims to provide the assistance necessary to ensure that HSC faculty, and students with either a temporary or permanent disability have equitable access to library resources.
The Library is on 3 levels which are all accessible via stairs or a lift, The lift is wheelchair accessible. Disabled visitors may use the library elevator (in the personnel section) to access upper floors.
Additionally, there is a moving platform between levels 0 and 1 in the main entrance,the platform has a capacity of 230kg and is wheelchair accessible.
There are accessible toilets (disabled toilets) and water fountains for wheelchair users in most floors.


HSC faculty, staff, students and visitors who need to apply for handicapped parking considerations should do so through the HSC Vice President office.
Students and staff with short term disabilities are encouraged to contact Parking Services for assistance whenever you need it.
If you require assistance with the gate, please inform the Security staff at the Reception Desk.

Desk Access

There is enough space in width/depth for the wheelchair in desks available in HSCLA, and with adjustable keyboard trays and adjustable chairs.

Stack Access

Patrons who are unable to retrieve materials from shelves in the stack areas of the HSC library may seek assistance from staff at the counter. Staff will retrieve materials.
Before asking for books, the patron should identify the call numbers of the items desired. Staff can verify for you whether any of these items are checked out.

Photocopying service available in the first and second floor, including enlarged photocopying (within copyright restrictions).

Access to Our Web Site

The HSC Library making every effort to make its online collections and information available to all members of the public.

If you are a person with a disability and you have trouble using our Web site -- or if you experience difficulty using any of our services, products, or facilities -- please tell us about the problem. You may: Send us an e-mail message at hsc.lib@ku.edu.kw

A list of Assistive Technology and software that you can download for free:

Virtual Magnifying Glass
screen magnification tool for text and images with different languages.

Adobe Acrobat Reader
Certain files available for download from the HSC Library Web site are in Portable Document Format (PDF). PDF files require the free Adobe Acrobat Reader. Adobe also provides free PDF tools for the visually impaired.
Download free Adobe PDF tools for the visually impaired

Camera Mouse
Camera Mouse is a free program that enables you to control the mouse pointer on your computer screen just by moving your head.
To use Camera Mouse you need a Windows 7, Vista, or XP computer and a webcam. It's given a person who recently lost the use of his arms a way to start interacting with the world again." (Camera Mouse 2009 Manual)

Accessibility At Microsoft
Microsoftstrive to build products that are accessible to everyone, including people with disabilities. Learn more about how our solutions can help you realize your full potential. (www.microsoft.com/enable)

Fire safety and evacuation procedures

The emergency alarm is a continuous ringing bell. There are no visual alarms. The lift and moving platform must not be used in an emergency. If you are unable to evacuate via the stairs, you will be directed to the designated safety areas behind fire doors (located in the corners of each of the Library's floor) to wait for assistance.

[Remember, anyone could become disabled and/or seriously injured in an instant. Protect yourself, your family, friends, and descendants.]