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Services for Mervyn H. Sterne Library Users with Disabilities

The Mervyn H. Sterne Library at the University of Alabama at Birmingham welcomes all patrons and is committed to providing everyone accessibility to Library materials, programs, and services.

The Sterne Library makes every effort to accommodate requests from persons with disabilities. If your disability is not apparent, please identify yourself when you seek assistance.

If you are a UAB student, you may wish to register with Disability Support Services at (205) 934 - 4205.

Library Resources

The Mervyn H. Sterne Library may be reached by a ramp located at the Thirteenth Street South entrance, from the Fourteenth Street sidewalk, or by an elevator located in the Education Building. Both Library entrances have automatic doors. Inside the Library, all three floors may be reached by an elevator in the center of the building. Library hours are posted on our website.

Adaptive Technologies
The Sterne Library has two adaptive workstations, equipped with several technologies, on the first floor. Instructions for using the technologies are next to the workstations or can be requested at the Information/Reference Desk. Headsets are located at the Reference Desk.

  • Dragon Speech Recognition
    Dragon enables students to talk to their computers and watch their spoken words appear with up to 99% accuracy.

  • JAWS (Job Access with Speech) for Windows
    A complete screen-reading program allowing efficient access to the Windows desktop and to all standard applications, including the Internet.

  • Kurzweil Speech to Text
    A text-to-speech reading software program to support students across disciplines in reading, writing, and test-taking accommodations.

  • Open Book
    An Optical Character Recognition (OCR) program that enables access to printed materials. It works in conjunction with the scanner and reads back scanned materials.

  • Zoomtext
    A sophisticated, yet simple, screen magnification product with some speech output, if desired.

An adaptive workstation.

An adaptive workstation.
Sterne Library has two adaptive workstations.

Computers and Printers
Most computers in Sterne Library are of ADA-compliant height and require users to log in with a BlazerID and password. Wireless for all users is available through the UABStartHere network. UAB students, faculty, and staff should use the UABSecure network. If you require assistance using the printers, someone from the Reference Desk will help you. If needed, you may pick up your printouts at a later time.

Wheelchair-accessible carrels are available on the second and third floors for short- or long-term checkout. Carrels can be checked out for three-hour periods at the Circulation Desk with a valid BlazerID. To apply for a long-term carrel, you will need to complete an application and take it to the Circulation Desk.

Retrieving Materials
If the Library stacks are inaccessible, please contact Circulation (934-4338) for assistance from Library staff. If needed, you may pick up your materials at a later time.

Online Catalog
The Mervyn H. Sterne Library's web site provides many services from your computer.

  • Ask Us
    If you need help, use the "Ask Us" link from any page on our web site. You can call, chat (IM), or e-mail a librarian.

  • Material Renewal
    You can renew your materials over the phone or online. The phone number of the Circulation Department is (205) 934 - 4338. Online, you can renew your materials through the "My Account" link from any page on our web site.

  • Interlibrary Loan
    If Sterne Library does not have the material you need, you can request it through Interlibrary Loan. As long as you are a UAB faculty, staff, or student, we will attempt to get the material for you. More information about Interllibrary Loan.

  • Other services at the Mervyn H. Sterne Library for faculty, staff, and undergraduate and graduate students can be found on our website.

Handicap-accessible restrooms are on all three floors to the right and the left of the central elevators.

Emergency Evacuation
In case of fire, staff will offer to assist disabled patrons. If it is impossible for a patron to leave or be assisted out of the building, that patron should move to the emergency stairwells in the north wing of the building. The emergency stairwells are fire safe up to ninety minutes. The situation will be reported to the Director and to a member of the fire or police department.

UAB Resources

Disability Support Services
Disability Support Services is the central campus resource for students with disabilities. They will work with you to ensure that you receive accommodations that are appropriate for you.

Handicap public and student parking spaces are available near the Mervyn H. Sterne Library. Student parking requires a permit. More information on registering for a UAB handicap space is on the Parking and Transportation Website.