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Assistive Technology/Needs

The American University Library is committed to making its resources available to all American University students, staff and faculty on an equal basis. In order to facilitate equal access, the library provide services to those members of the AU community who have disabilities.

The Library has one room, located on the 3rd Floor, which houses two assistive technology workstations, one with a PC, and one with a Mac. Please ask the Information Desk for assistance in accessing this space as it is normally locked. There are 5 scanners on the lower level, including one overhead scanner.


  • Only same-day room reservations are taken by the Information Desk: (202) 885-3232
  • Maximum blocks of 4 hours
  • Reservations are held for 15 minutes
  • Walk-in users may inquire at the Information Desk


The library maintains a list of people eligible for special services. In order to have your name included on the list, please contact the Academic Support and Access Center at (202) 885-3360 (students) or Human Resources at (202) 885-2591 (staff or faculty).

Reserves Material

Authorized users may receive up to 1000 pages of free photocopying a semester. The student may either check the materials out OR give the Reserves Desk attendant a written list of needed items at least 24 hours in advance.

Retrieval of Books and Periodicals

If a patron is unable to access the stacks, s/he can obtain assistance retrieving library materials. After preparing a list of titles and call numbers, consult with library personnel at the Circulation Desk.


To request alternate format, please contact the Academic Support and Access Center at (202) 885-3360


A small number of lockers are available for students with disabilities. At the beginning of the semester, stop by the Circulation Desk to request a locker.

Contact ASAC

(202) 885-3360
Mary Graydon Center, Room 243