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Everyone needs to create their online library account in order to gain access to ebooks, databases, and, of course, renew or request items. The first time you use your account, you will need to create a password. Your NU ID number is the 8-digit number on your MavCard. To find out more information on how to create an account click "How to Create a Library Account" to take a self-guided learning module.

Criss Library will be undergoing a limited remodel beginning July 11th and lasting through approximately end of October. Remodeling will occur on the 1st and 2nd floor. When all the noise is finished and the dust settled Criss Library will have three new spaces for patrons to enjoy. Archives & Special Collections will have an updated space on first floor. Second floor will be home to a New Classroom and the expanded Creative Production Lab. The library will be open during  construction, so please pardon this temporary inconvenience.

Criss Library's Archives & Special Collections will be undergoing renovations impacting access to the department’s reading room and collections until the end of October. Researchers must contact staff in advance to make an appointment to use collection material in a temporary reading room. There may be some periods of time when collections cannot be retrieved without notice several days in advance. In the library and looking for Archives & Special Collections staff? Library staff at the Main Service Desk will direct you to Archives & Special Collections staff while the department undergoes renovation. Contact Amy Schindler at acschindler@unomaha.edu or 402-554-6046 with questions.

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Disability Services

The library is committed to providing full access to library materials for all patrons. The library maintains a close relationship with UNO Disability Services and works closely with library patrons, University agencies and others in order to accommodate the needs of our disabled users. The library will strive to accommodate any patron who requests assistance because of disability or impairment and who is not adequately served by the existing access technologies or policies of the library.

Books and Periodical Stacks

Portions of the books and periodical stacks (shelves) may not be accessible to all mobility impaired or disabled patrons. Library staff will provide assistance to these patrons to obtain their materials through a retrieval service.

Patrons requiring the service should provide complete call numbers for the items needed to the Main Service Desk on the main floor of the library in person. Telephone requests will not be accepted. Staff will then pull the requested materials from the shelves as quickly as possible. Normally, requests require only a few minutes to fill. However, staff availability and work load can occasionally cause delays.

At times, patrons may wish to "browse" certain call number areas of the stacks. These requests may require some assistance and a longer response time. Please contact the Main Service Desk at 402-554-3206 to schedule browsing and to ensure correct materials are made available.

Omaha World-Herald Access for the Visually Impaired

The Nebraska Library Commission and the Nebraska Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired provide Newsline, a service that uses phone lines to access newspapers through synthetic speech. Qualifying individuals with touch-tone telephones can access Newsline through a toll-free number. Other newspapers are also available. To subscribe, contact the Talking Book and Braille Service at 402-471-4038 or 800-742-7691 or by e-mail at readadv@nlc.state.ne.us. The Nebraska Library Commission also makes available a talking book service.

Clearview System

The Clearview System will enlarge and enhance any print material. It includes a writing surface. It is located in the 2nd floor computer lab, north side, near the SCOLA area, immediately next to the Zoom Text machine. The Clearview System is easy to use and library staff will demonstrate its operation on request.

ZoomText

A computer screen enlargement and enhancement program (ZoomText) is available for all standard library applications. The ZoomText workstation is located in the 2nd floor computer lab, north side, near the SCOLA area. Library personnel will provide training on request to library patrons unfamiliar with this technology. A trackball mouse is available for this station.

JAWS Software

JAWS screen reading software is available on a workstation located in the 2nd floor computer lab, north side, near the SCOLA area, one row east of the ZoomText workstation. A scanner is available to scan text materials for use with JAWS, and headphones can be checked out at the Main Service Desk which is also on the main floor.

Photocopy Equipment

A photocopy/ print machine modified to assist patrons who are unable to use conventional height copiers is available on the second floor of the library in the print center just east of the Main Service Desk. Main Service Desk staff will assist patrons upon request. Wheelchair accessible microform copier/readers are available east of the microfilm filing cabinets on first floor.

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Disability Services Contacts

Library services, materials and equipment designed to serve disabled patrons are constantly changing. Please contact the library with any questions or if you become aware of access needs that are not addressed by current services or technologies.

Library Administrative Office, Main Floor
Library liaison and contact for all accommodation requests, unmet service needs, information, problem resolution.
Telephone: (402) 554-2640

Main Service Desk, Main Floor
In-person paging requests, assistance or training for adaptive technology equipment.
Telphone: (402) 554-3206

Reference Desk, First Floor
Assistance or training in using Library adaptive technology equipment.
Telephone: (402) 554-2661

UNO Disability Services
Campus-wide information and assistance.
Eppley Administration Building, Room 117
Telephone: (402) 554-2409
Disability Services Home Page
http://www.unomaha.edu/disability/