What are Accessibility Services?
People are individuals, and therefore also have individual requirements for their working environment and the way in which they receive media and interact with it. The AAU university library strives to offer its services in a usable and accessible manner for as many users as possible. With the task of Accessibility Services being to improve accessibility and usability, the library provides solutions in order to achieve this goal.
The Accessibility Services department provides advice to students, school pupils and other users of the library as well as lecturers when it comes to improving accessibility in studying, research and teaching. In particular, advice regarding the choice of suitable tools such as Braille displays, screen readers, magnification software, screen reading devices etc. is offered, in order to be able to guarantee accessible learning in the long term.
Accessible working in the library
Workspace for blind and visually-impaired library users
On level 0 (room B.0.08), there is a workspace equipped with various assistive technologies (Braille displays, screen readers etc.), which enables blind and visually-impaired library users to carry out their own literature research, to digitise literature or to use the university’s digital services in a way that is as accessible as possible.
Screen reading devices
There is a screen reader, which can magnify and read out print medium, on level 3. Operating instructions are attached to the screen reader.
In the Accessibility Services office (room B.0.08), there is also a smaller, battery-powered mobile reading device, which can be used anywhere.
Height-adjustable work stations
On each reading room level, you will find multiple desks that are height-adjustable at the touch of a button. These work stations are marked as “Height-adjustable work stations”. The up/down buttons are located on the right underneath the tabletop. The tabletop can be adjusted so that it is possible to work standing up.
If, despite the available technical tools, you are not able to use the literature offered by the library due to a disability, you are also able, within the scope of the available resources, to have the literature digitised and processed into a format that you can use. Please address corresponding requests to Andreas Jeitler.