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Services for Patrons with Disabilities

Hours | Parking | Information | Elevators | Facilities and Adaptive Equipment | Reference Assistance | Retrieving Materials

Last Updated: 1/2017

The CMU Libraries are committed to making the library resources and services available to all. Please let us know what we can do to help meet your needs.

Getting to and Around the Libraries

HOURS: Hours for the Libraries are posted can be found here.

PARKING: There are 6 non-metered barrier-free (handicapped) parking spots on Library Drive directly SOUTH of Park Library. There is also metered parking on Franklin Street directly across the street from the main NORTH entrance of Finch. Non-metered Barrier-free (handicapped) parking spots are available in all campus parking lots, including Lot 18 directly adjacent to Finch Fieldhouse NORTH of Park Library, and Lots 27 and 28 which are adjacent to Park Library to the EAST of the building.

ELEVATORS for access to upper floors of Park Library are located directly ahead of the Information Desk in the first floor main entry area.

Facilities and Adaptive Equipment

The Adaptive Technology Room is located in 119 Park Library and features adaptive workstations and adaptive equipment. For more information or assistance and training, please contact Student Disability Services at 774-3018.

Workstation carrels for library patrons in wheelchairs are located on every floor in Park Library. Please ask at the Research Help Desk on the second floor for more information.

Closed-caption decoders: Contact Media Services on the first floor just off the South entrance in Park Library or at 774-3891 for assistance.

Reference Assistance

Please visit the Research Help Desk  on the 2nd floor of the library for help locating information. If you'd like to schedule a one-on-one reference consultation with a librarian please email or call 774-3470.

Other questions or problems? Uncertain how to proceed or where to start? Please contact Rob Faleer, Reference Librarian Liaison for Patrons with Disabilities, by e-mail at or by phone at 774-3835.

Retrieving Materials

BOOKS: You may have books retrieved and held for you at the Checkout Desk in Park Library. Call 774-3114 and provide the desk assistant with the call number(s) and title(s) of the book(s) you wish to check out.

PERIODICALS AND GOVERNMENT DOCUMENTS: Ask at the Research Help Desk located on the second floor of Park Library. You may also call ahead at 774-3470. Government Documents, which are located on the second floor of Park Library, may be checked out like a book. Periodicals, which are located on the third floor of Park Library, do not normally circulate, but they can be taken to the Adaptive Technology Room in 119 Park Library. If you need assistance transporting materials to the Adaptive Technology Room, a student assistant will be provided from the Reference Desk. Please call ahead if possible to arrange this service. A Reference student assistant will return these materials to their proper locations when you are finished with them.

NON-PRINT MEDIA: DVD format and VHS videocassette format video recordings are available at the Checkout Desk. Call 774-3114 for further information.

CLARKE HISTORICAL LIBRARY: Staff retrieves requested materials in the Clarke Historical Library, located on the first floor EAST of Park Library. Although use is generally restricted to the Clarke Reading Area, special arrangements can be made for patrons with disabilities. Call 774-3352 for hours and assistance.

Remember: We can assist you best if you call in advance to arrange for reference or retrieval services.

​Problems? Please call Rob Faleer, Reference Librarian Liaison for Patrons with Disabilities, at 774-3835, or Timothy Peters at 774-3720.

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