Access the Library barrier free

Supporting you at the Library

Accessibility means different things to different people.

We want to make your experience at the RRU Library barrier free, both in person and online.

The resources and services described on this page are available to all library users. You do not need to be registered with the Accessibility Office to access these accommodations.

Library building

Physical accessibility

Two designated accessible parking spaces are available in the Library parking lot. The Library entrance is located on flat ground and has large, automated doors.

Inside, an elevator provides access to the main floor, mezzanine, and basement. Two accessible washrooms are located on the main floor.

The lower breakout rooms on the pond level can only be accessed by a short flight of stairs. Breakout rooms on the main level are accessible to all.

Accessibility Office

The Accessibility Office is located in the Library building on the main floor, directly to your left as you enter the building.

Quiet spaces

Collaboration is encouraged in most of the library's common areas, and therefore noise levels may vary. A designated "silent study" room is available on the pond level on a first-come, first-serve basis.

You'll find independent study spaces located throughout the mezzanine level, near the stacks. Noise-cancelling headphones are available to borrow from the Library front desk, if you find the noise level uncomfortable.

Computers and technology

A computer lab is available for student use on the Library's main floor. Two computers have been installed with the software Read & Write Gold, which provides speech-to-text and text-to-speech functionality.

Printing and scanning assistance is provided on a case-by-case basis. Contact the Accessibility Office for assistance with Library computer software or services.

Library materials

Ebooks, articles, and films

Most of the databases available through RRU Library comply with accessibility standards and are compatible with online and PDF screenreaders. Some databases offer a built-in screenreader as well (e.g., ReadSpeaker).

Contact the Library if you have questions about accessing content in our databases.

Shelf-pulling for print books

We can pull print books off the shelves for you.

If you would like assistance reaching books in the stacks, place a hold on any print book in the Library's regular collection, and we'll prepare it for you to pick up at the front desk. We can also mail items to your home.

Proxy borrowing (having a designated person come to pick up books on your behalf) may be available upon request. Contact us to make arrangements.

Web presence

Our website is designed to comply with national and international accessibility standards. We hope you will be able to navigate it with ease.

Our library guides are hosted on a different website. While we are working to make these guides easy to use for everyone, some guides may not currently be fully accessible.

If you have difficulty navigating or accessing any of our content, send us a message, and we will be happy to assist you.