Rod Library is committed to providing equitable access to information resources to support the study and research needs of University of Northern Iowa students, faculty, and staff. The Library staff seeks to provide reasonable accommodation in making its resources and services available to all members of the University community. UNI students, faculty, and staff who have disabilities may contact the Learning and Research Division (273-2838) for information on available services and access. Individuals who are deaf, hard-of-hearing, or speech impaired may contact Rod Library by telephone through Relay Iowa (7-1-1 or 800-753-2942).
Statement of General Policy
The Rod Library staff can assist you in:
- searching OneSearch! (the electronic library catalog system), electronic databases, and printed reference materials;
- retrieving materials from collections and stack areas;
- completing library forms at every Rod Library service point (for example, interlibrary loan requests); and,
- using library equipment.
We acquire assistive technology to enable users to search and use information resources. The Rod Library is also committed to ensuring that its Web site is accessible to individuals who have disabilities.
Services and Resources
Reference and Search Assistance
The Learning and Research staff at the Library Services Desk (273-2838) and the staff in the Fine and Performing Arts Collection, Special Collections, and the Youth Collection recognize that extended reference or research help is sometimes needed for individual patrons, and we attempt to provide assistance to the fullest extent possible. When you are new to Rod Library, you may find it most convenient to ask your reference and research questions at the Library Services Desk (main floor). The staff there will assist you or will refer you to the Fine and Performing Arts Collection, Special Collections, or the Youth Collection if your request is most appropriately answered in one of these collections.
Librarians and Library staff can assist you with OneSearch!, electronic databases, and printed reference materials. Library staff members are available to help you look up as many as five separate items. For example, we can assist you in searching OneSearch! to determine whether the Library has five particular books or other information resources you are seeking. Or we can assist you in finding the scholarly definitions of five terms.
If you are a university student, faculty member, or staff member who needs to do an extensive search (more than five items) for specific authors or titles in OneSearch!, you may leave your list of titles (bibliography) at the Library Services Desk. The Library staff will discuss the research process with you and will later search each author or title and indicate resources owned by or accessible through Rod Library. You may then pick up the list within 24 hours, provided you have given us your list by 5:00 p.m., Sunday through Thursday. This assistance is also available in the Fine and Performing Arts Collection, Special Collections, and the Youth Collection and if you know your request is related to resources in those areas you may ask for assistance in the appropriate area.
University students, faculty, and staff requiring assistance in conducting subject searches or in planning a strategy for researching a topic may arrange for a research consultation with a librarian. You may request these appointments through the Schedule a Consultation form, at the Library Services Desk, or by calling 273-2838. A librarian will discuss your research topics with you and will then assist you in conducting searches to identify resources that might be useful. It is your responsibility to make the intellectual decision of which resources to use. This service is also provided by librarians in the Fine and Performing Arts Collection, Special Collections, and the Youth Collection and you may be referred to one of these specialists or may arrange for an appointment with the appropriate librarian.
Librarians teach classes or groups about library resources and effective library research strategies. In addition, Rod Library offers a variety of educational Web pages to aid users in learning about library resources and research techniques. consult the "Research Help" and "Information For..." sections of the Rod Library Web page. If you prefer to have large-print versions of library handouts, please ask at the Library Services Desk.
Retrieving Library Materials
Rod Library staff members are available to assist you in retrieving books, periodicals, and other circulating Library resources. Please ask at the Library Services Desk for assistance in retrieving most materials (273-2838). The staff there will able to retrieve five or fewer books or periodical articles while you wait on Mondays through Fridays (9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.) if you provide them with book call numbers or journal article citations. If you know that the materials you need are located in the Fine and Performing Arts Collection, Special Collections, or the Youth Collection you may ask for assistance in the appropriate collection. If you need videos, please inquire at the Library Services Desk or in the Fine and Performing Arts Collection or Youth Collection (for videos in those areas) about video retrieval and booking procedures.
A larger number of stack books, journal volumes, and/or other circulating materials can be retrieved so that they are available for you at a mutually convenient time, if you make arrangements at least 24 hours in advance. Please make these arrangements at the Library Services Desk or in the Fine and Performing Arts Collection or Youth Collection (for resources in those areas). Under most circumstances, staff members can retrieve your materials within 24 hours if you provide us with your list by 5:00 p.m., Sunday through Thursday. You may be asked to prioritize the items you wish to have retrieved.
Most retrieved materials will normally be held at the Library Services Desk (273-2838) for the standard hold period of six days. Youth Collection books may be held three days at the Library Services Desk. Periodical volumes will not be held at the desk, but you can arrange to have photocopies made of the articles you need from the retrieved journal volumes.
Photocopying and Scanning Library Materials
If you need assistance in photocopying or scanning library materials, please inquire at the Library Services Desk on the main floor of Rod Library (273-2838). The staff will provide photocopies of articles at the regular self-service per page charge. Pages will be copied at 100% unless you request text enlargement or reduction. In addition, Library staff are available to make print copies of microform materials for users with disabilities at the self-service copy price.
The Rod Library acquires assistive technology devices and designs workstations so Library information resources are accessible to UNI students, faculty, and staff with disabilities. The equipment is available and no reservation is needed. If someone else is using the equipment you wish to use, please inquire at the Library Services Desk for assistance.
All Rod Library public computers have the following assistive software installed:
Read & Write Gold 12: Literacy Support Software
The Read & Write Gold toolbar provides word prediction, advanced spell checking, and dictionary functions for use with programs such as Microsoft Word. Read & Write Gold Beginners Guide. (PDF)
JAWS: Screen Reading Software
The JAWS screen reader reads aloud the computer screen and enables users to use keystroke commands to navigate and access Web pages and all screen content. Headphones checked out from the Library Services Desk or personal headphones can be attached to the computer so that you may listen to the audio output. JAWS for Windows Quick Start Guide
ZoomText: Screen Magnifier
Computer screen magnification and screen color customization software so that Internet and other computer images may be viewed and accessed more easily. ZoomText Documentation Downloads
Assistive Technology Spaces
Assistive Technology Area - Main/Second Floor
The following assistive software and hardware are available in the Assistive Technology Area on the Rod Library’s main (second) floor, north central section. All computers are located on height-adjustable tables and the computer monitors are 24".
Open Book: Text-to-Speech Scanner and Reader Workstation
The OpenBook scanner and optical character recognition system converts printed or graphic-based text into an electronic text format that can then be converted to audio using text-to-speech software. Includes low vision options for customizing document appearance on the screen. A set of headphones is attached so that you may listen to the audio output. Open Book Quick Start Guide.
JAWS: Screen Reading Software Workstation
The JAWS screen reader reads aloud the computer screen and enables users to use keystroke commands to navigate and access Web pages and all screen content. Jaws will automatically launch once the user logs onto this workstation. A set of headphones is attached so that you may listen to the audio output. The JAWS workstation is also equipped with a trackball mouse. JAWS for Windows Quick Start Guide
A closed-circuit color camera system which magnifies text and other visual material for viewing on the Merlin monitor. Merlin VGA Users Manual (PDF)
ZoomText: Screen Magnifier/Reader with Speech Workstation
Enables users to view their computer screen with enlarged text and/or customized colors and to hear the computer screen text read aloud. A set of headphones is attached so you may then listen to the audio output. The ZoomText workstation is also equipped with a ZoomText Keyboard. ZoomText Screen Magnifier/Reader with Speech is also available in Assistive Technology Study Room 315. ZoomText Documentation Downloads
3M Joystick Ergonomic mouse and Evoluent Ergonomic mouse are available for in-Library checkout at the Library Services Desk.
Assistive Technology Study Room 315
Study room 315 is outfitted with:
- Networked desktop computer
- ZoomText Screen Magnifier/Reader with Speech
- ZoomText keyboard
- Transformer HD CCTV
- 55” monitor
- Motorized, height-adjustable table.
Individuals with disabilities may inquire at the Library Services Desk about assistance.
Other Library Equipment
Library staff are available to orient you to the operation of Library equipment. For example, orientation can be provided for scanners, microform reader/printers, photocopy machines, microform readers, TV/VCRs, computers, or compact shelving. If you need assistance in operating any library equipment, please seek help from the staff located at the closest Library service desk.
Accessible restrooms, with wheelchair-accessible stalls, are located on the east and west sides of the fourth floor of Rod Library.
Wheelchair accessible drinking fountains are located on the east and west sides of the fourth floor of Rod Library and on the east side of the second and third floors, near the restrooms.
The Library contains three elevators; one is located in the southeast and a pair is located near the center of the building. All of the elevators are furnished with Brailled signs.
Wheelchair for Public Use
A wheelchair may be checked out from the Library Services Desk on the main floor. You will need to provide a photo ID and provide contact information at the time of check out. The Access Services staff will be on hand to assist you if needed.
Questions and Suggestions
Please contact the Library Services Desk personnel (273-2838) for reference and research assistance, for assistance in retrieving or photocopying library materials, or for information about the circulation of library materials.
If you wish further information or have suggestions concerning services to library users who have disabilities, please contact Barb Weeg, Rod Library Disabilities Services Coordinator (at the Learning and Research Division, 273-2838).
The Rod Library maintains ongoing cooperation and coordination with UNI Student Disability Services (273-2677) and Faculty/Staff Disability Services (273-6164) for the benefit of library users with disabilities.
Comments: Dean of Library Services
Rod Library, University of Northern Iowa
1227 W. 27th St., Cedar Falls, IA 50613-3675
Endorsed: April 2, 2001; revised Feb. 9, 2007, March 13, 2009, May 19, 2010, Dec. 9, 2010, July 26, 2011, Oct. 16, 2013, Oct. 2, 2017