Students requiring service modifications should contact Lynn Waldman, Office of Academic Support and Disability Services, 315-228-7375, or lwaldman@colgate.edu. General questions about accessibility in the libraries can be directed to Debbie Krahmer, dkrahmer@colgate.edu.

Borrowing Services (Circulation, Reserves, Borrowing from Other Libraries)

  • Learning Ally membership and digitization of materials (alternative formats) are available through Lynn Waldman's office
  • Extended loan periods.
  • Dorm or office delivery of materials.  
  • Help getting material from the shelves.
  • Renewal of materials by phone or online.
  • Checkout of equipment (noise-cancelling headphones, high quality microphone, USB drive with screen-reader program)

Research Assistance

Services offered by the research librarians:

  • Research development and assistance (one-on-one appointments are available)
  • For other services, please contact Debbie Krahmer.

Services offered by Special Collections & University Archives

  • Digitization.
  • Contact University Archivist Sarah Keen for direct assistance.

Building Access

  • Case-Geyer: Reserved parking spaces are available near the Level 3 entrance on the East parking lot (facing Admissions/JB Colgate building). The lower-lot (West) near JC Colgate and Little Hall also has reserved parking; however there is a steep ramp to reach the Level 3 entrance. The Level 5 entrance has a steep ramp leading to the bridge.
  • Cooley: There are reserved parking spaces available on Academic Drive, near the entrance of the library.
  • Floor plans of the libraries’ spaces are available online, as well as in directories throughout the building, and paper fliers are available at the service desks.
  • An adjustable height table is available on level 3 of Case-Geyer.


  • Every floor in Case-Geyer has a fully compliant ADA accessible stall in the men’s and women’s bathrooms, located on the West side of the building. Level 4 also has a gender-neutral single stall bathroom with locking door and extra space for mobility. It is located directly across from the West-side elevator on Level 4. 
  • Cooley Science Library has a fully compliant ADA stall in the bathrooms outside of library entrance in the basement of McGregory.

Accessible Technology Workroom

Case-Geyer room 555D contains two computers with extra assistive technology hardware and software. The room can be reserved through a Standard Room Request on EMS, and the room key is checked out at the Circulation Desk on Level 3. The space is sound-proofed more than other rooms in the library, and can be used as a quiet space for decompression.



  • 24" high-resolution monitor
  • ZoomText Large Print Keyboard
  • ZoomText Magnifier version 10
  • Sennheiser PC131 headsets (headphones and microphone)
  • Epson Scan
  • Windows 7 Enterprise 64bit
  • Dragon NaturallySpeaking Home Edition voice recognition software, version 12
  • ABBYY FineReader Pro 12 (includes support for Arabic and other languages)
  • Kurzweil 1000 v. 13 with MP3 for visually impaired
  • Kurzweil 3000 for Windows for individuals with learning disabilities (currently unavailable)
  • Inspiration 9.0.3 for mindmapping
  • Express Scribe Transcription Software
  • NVDA Screen Reader


  • 27" high-resolution monitor
  • ZoomText Large Print Keyboard
  • Sennheiser PC131 headsets (headphones and microphone)
  • Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan
  • Dragon Dictate 5 voice recognition software
  • ABBYY FineReader Pro version 12.1.5
  • Kurzweil 3000 for Mac for individuals with learning disabilities (currently being upgraded)
  • Inspiration 9.2 for mindmapping
  • Express Scribe Transcription Software

A scanner is available in the room for conversion of printed text to digital.  2  Acoustic Noise Cancelling headphones and 4 High quality USB microphones are available for checkout at the Circulation Desk on Level 3. Other equipment, including transcription pedals, circulate through ITS.