Entrance and Exit
All disabled library users may gain immediate admittance to the Library without waiting in the queue outside the Library. A separate exit is available for wheelchair users.
Disabled users will be given priority at all service points. Library staff are always happy to assist in completing any necessary library procedures.
Access of the Library can be arranged for assistants of students with special needs. On their behalf, the assistants can look up and check out Library materials for the students. Please contact the Section Head of Access Services (2766 7884) for details.
Trolleys for carrying books for those who are on elbow crutches are available on each floor of the Library.
Seats designated for the use of the physically disabled are available on all floors.
Special Equipment Room
A Special Equipment Room is located on the Fourth Floor (Room L401a). It is equipped with special personal computers installed with various hardware and software:
The CCTV system projects a magnified image of reading material onto a computer monitor. Both color and black and white systems are available.
Braille with Scanner
The device converts text-on-screen to Braille information.
JAWS for Windows is a screen reader software which reads what's on the computer screen. It allows visually impaired users to navigate and access web pages and screen content.
ZoomText is a screen magnifying software which enlarges screen content on computers.
Please register at the service counter of Centre STARS (ST314) for using the room and facilities there. After registration, students could gain access to the room by simply presenting their student id card to the smart card reader.
Advance booking for using the room/ facilities could be made via the online booking system or calling Centre STARS counter staff at 2766 6800.
Two priority research carrels (REC Room A5 and A6) for private study are available in the Research Enhancement Centre on 3rd Floor for students (PolyU / PolyU-SPEED awards only) with special needs who have registered with Centre STARS. Eligible users can reserve the carrels one day in advance and check in the carrels by swiping their smart cards on the door of the reserved carrels. Advance booking for using the carrels could be made via iBooking (Library Facilities Booking System). These two carrels are also provided to other users for walk-in use when they are not booked in advance by eligible users. As priority of use will still remain for students with special needs, they are welcome to contact the Technical Support Desk (3/F, Library / tel: 2766-6890) if they need assistance in using or booking these two carrels.