Texas Tech University

Disability Resources

Texas Tech University Libraries are committed to the principle that there shall be no difference in the treatment of persons because of race, creed, national origin, age, sex or disability and that equal opportunity and access to facilities shall be available to all. This guide describes a number of services that the Libraries provide users who have disabilities. If there are any questions about these services, or if other assistance is needed, please contact the service desk at (806) 742-2265.

Main Library

Available Equipment

The Main Library has two specially-equipped workstations. These workstations are located on the first floor of the library and provide the following hardware and software:

  • OpenBook 9.0 (speech synthesis software, can also read text from scanned files)
  • DBT 12.2 (translates text into Braille and vice-versa)
  • Screen magnification and screen narrating software available in Windows 7
  • Attached scanner
  • Attached Braille embosser
  • Windows 10 1903 and all accessibility features available natively with it
  • Index Basic-D V5 braille embosser with acoustic hood
  • JAWS 17 (screen reading software)

Wheelchair Access

For the Main Library, there are ramps and automatic doors at the east and west entrances to the library building. Wheelchair-accessible study carrels are located on the west side of stacks floors 1, 2, and 3. Wheelchair-accessible restroom facilities can be found on the ground floor, East basement, and stacks floors 1, 3, and 5.

Research Services

Librarians are available to help patrons find information, books, journal articles and other research materials. The Personal Librarians specialize in the resources of specific subject areas covering academic disciplines, majors, and departments. Any patron may request a consultation. Students with special needs may find this service especially helpful.

For the Main Library, visit the service desk or call (806) 742-2265 and ask to speak with Donell Callender or email her at donell.callender@ttu.edu.

Architecture Library

Wheelchair Access

For the Architecture Library, there are ramps and automatic doors at the west entrance to the Architecture building, and elevators up to both the 8th and 9th floors (where the library is). To access the 8th floor, first go to the 9th floor service desk and let them know that you need to access the 8th floor, then take the building elevator down to the 8th floor and the staff will let you in through a wheel-chair accessible entrance.

Research Services

Librarians are available to help patrons find information, books, journal articles and other research materials. The Personal Librarians specialize in the resources of specific subject areas covering academic disciplines, majors, and departments. Any patron may request a consultation. Students with special needs may find this service especially helpful.

For the Architecture Library, visit the 9th floor service desk or call (806) 742-8058 for questions about accommodations.

Library Instruction

Orientation to the library and its services, resources, and equipment are provided. A basic introduction is offered to both groups and individuals in the use of adaptive equipment, the library resources or to learn about services for students with disabilities. Students with special needs who prefer to attend instruction sessions with their class may notify their instructor or library staff that they need assistance.

Request a tour or instruction.

Document Delivery

Document Delivery is a service that provides all patrons a convenient way to obtain research materials. Document Delivery pulls books from the stacks and provides materials the Libraries do not own through interlibrary loan at no charge.

Relay Texas

Relay Texas is a telephone relay service that provides a connection between a person using a TDD/TTY and a person using a regular phone. Anyone may initiate a call through Relay Texas by dialing 711. After dialing, the person initiating the call gives the desired phone number to the Relay Texas Agent, who then dials that number using another phone line.

Campus Services

For additional services, such as testing accommodations, sign language interpreters or note-taking services, please contact the TTU Student Disability Services office at (806) 742-2405.