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Fogler Library's policy is to make its services and collections accessible to all users.  Students with disabilities are encouraged to contact the University's Services for Students with Disabilities unit. (207/581-2319) for information on special services available to them.

Building access
Patrons who use a wheelchair or prefer not to use stairs should enter Fogler Library on its east side across from the Memorial Union. Automatic doors in the lobby are switch-activated. 

All levels of Fogler Library are accessible by elevator. Users requiring special assistance should check with the staff at the Circulation Desk on level 1.

A campus accessibility map showing accessible entrances to all buildings is available on the UMaine web site.

Information for users of Fogler licensed databases, ejournals, and ebooks
Many of our licensed databases, ejournals, and ebooks offer users the option of viewing full text in HTML or PDF format. 

HTML format is a text-only web page which can be read using any screen reader or universal access technology.

PDF format is also accessible to all users who have Adobe Reader version 6.0 or higher. Current version is 11. (This is a free download. See for more information). 

There are 2 options for reading a PDF:

  1. Open the PDF in Adobe Reader 6.0 or higher and go to File > Save as text. This option allows you to save a text only version of the file. Once you have the text only version, you can alter the text size, text color and format. You can also use a screen reader to read the file.
  2. Open the PDF file in the Reader and go to View > Read out loud. Adobe Reader will act as a screen reader and read the file out loud. Options include reading a single page or the entire document. You can also pause or stop at any point.

Tips for Mac users
Mac users may experience difficulty opening PDFs automatically. The PDF file appears in .asp format and the user receives an error message saying that the file can not be opened.  One solution is to download as .asp, open Acrobat Reader, do a file open and navigate to the document or to rename the .asp file to .pdf. 

There is a shorter, easier alternative:

  1. Download a pdf onto the desktop.
  2. Select it by clicking on the downloaded file once.
  3. Then go to File > Get Info.
  4. Under Open With select Preview (default) or Acrobat Reader
  5. Click on Change All so that it will always open with Preview or 
    Acrobat. Now, documents will open automatically without having to go through all the
    steps each time.

Dedicated workstation
Fogler Library has a dedicated workstation for use by students and others with visual disabilities. It is located on the first floor of the library, near the reference desk. It has an Internet connection, and Microsoft and FirstClass software. Users may bring their own headphones, or check out a pair from Circulation.

Intel Core2 Duo 2.80 GHz processor
24.6" monitor
Windows 7 Professional
Keys-U-See keyboard
Headphones with a microphone available at Reference Desk
Optelec magnifier

Nuance OmniPage Ultimate 19
MAGic 11.0 w/ EyeMerge 11.0
Dragon Naturally Speaking 12
Microsoft Office 2010 Professional
Adobe Acrobat Professional 11 Pro
Adobe CS5 Creative Suite Design Premium
Adobe Reader 11

The workstation also has an Optelec video magnifier, which can be used to enlarge the text of an open book, magazine, letter, etc. Various contrasting color settings, as well as black and white, are available. | Revised: 02/07/2014




Contact us | Revised: 02/07/2014
5729 Fogler Library
University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469-5729
Phone: 207.581.1661 | Fax: 207.581.1653
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