Students requiring service modifications should contact Evelyn Lester, Director of Disability Services, 315-228-7375, or elester@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 the Director of Disability Services
    • 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
    • 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
    • Inspiration 9.2 for mindmapping
    • Express Scribe Transcription Software

    A scanner is available in the room for conversion of printed text to digital.  2 Noise Cancelling headphones are available for checkout at the Circulation Desk on Level 3. Other equipment circulate through ITS.