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Library Accessibility Room

Students registered with the campus Office of Educational Accessibility who require a quiet room to concentrate, to study "out loud", or to use adaptive technologies, may reserve Room 1309 at the Perry Library Help Desk in the Learning Commons, 1st floor.

Specialized Equipment:

  • Two computers with dual 24" monitors
  • Zoom Text and JAWS software
  • Eye-Pal device to scan text and convert to speech or text file
  • Optelec CCTV text enlarger


  • Users must receive training/orientation prior to using the room. Contact Library Accessibility Services Coordinator, Linh Nguyen (lbnguyen@odu.edu) 757-683-4973.
  • Room reservations are scheduled at the Perry Library Help Desk for up to 2-hour intervals. Users may call ahead (757-683-4178) and reserve the room up to one week in advance.
  • The room is available during all hours that the Learning Commons is open. In-depth assistance is available Monday-Friday 8am-4pm.

Retrieval of Library Materials

An "on demand service" is available to patrons when the materials are not physically accessible, e.g. aisle is not wide enough, material is too high on the shelf, or call numbers are difficult to read or see. Patrons may stop by the Perry Library Help Desk on the 1st floor and ask to have up to five books pulled from the library's general collection materials. The material will be pulled at that time. Questions about the library's "on demand service" can be referred to the Perry Library Help Desk at 757-683-4178 or learningcommons@odu.edu.

Research Assistance

Staff at the Perry Library Help Desk are available to assist users with accessibility needs. Users with extended research needs should either contact a Subject Specialist, use the Research Appointment request form, or call the Perry Library Help Desk 757-683-4178 to make an appointment for assistance.

Some of the library's databases offer an audio feature for articles and other materials. Factiva, WilsonWeb databases, Gale's Literature Resource Center, and Virtual Reference Library provide audio for most of their content. In other databases, the "html" article format will provide an audio option. You can locate the audio link usually from the full record in the database.


Group Study rooms on 2nd, 3rd, and 4th floors may be reserved by single users registered with the campus Educational Accessibility Office through the Student Online Room Reservation System for quiet study or test taking.

Reservations may be made for up to 2 hours per person/per day and up to one week in advance. All rooms have a 40" monitor with hookups for PC and MAC laptops. Cables can be checked out from the Perry Library Help Desk on the 1st floor.

Computers throughout the Learning Commons provide "Ease of Access" tools through the Accessories menu. On PC machines - Windows Ease of Access and on Macs - Accessibility.

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