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University Libraries

University Libraries

Accessibility and the Libraries

The University of Denver Libraries are committed to providing equitable access to information to all faculty, staff, students, and members of the DU community. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and in collaboration with the appropriate University resource centers, library staff will make good faith efforts to accommodate reasonable requests for assistance in obtaining, accessing, and making use of library resources, materials, and services.

Any patrons needing help navigating the building or collections may request assistance at the Lending Desk on the main floor of the Anderson Academic Commons.

Reference assistance, individual instruction, and individual tours are available via the Research Center. Appointments and walk-ins are welcome.


There are multiple elevators available immediately upon entering the Anderson Academic Commons.

Gender-neutral restrooms and restrooms designed for those with varied accessibility needs are available on every level of the Anderson Academic Commons.

Adjustable height tables are available on the main level of the Anderson Academic Commons to facilitate the different needs of users.


There is an Assistive Technology Workstation located next to the Research Center Desk on the main level of the Anderson Academic Commons. For more information on this workstation, please visit the Disability Services page. In addition, the Libraries have one or more computer workstations that are wheelchair-accessible.

The Libraries can accommodate ADA scanning requests for print materials for University of Denver students who have a documented disability through Disability Services. Please contact for information or questions about this service.

The University of Denver Libraries are committed to providing access to information through our website. While many of our webpages and resources have been reviewed for established guidelines for accessibility, there are many legacy materials that are not yet fully compliant with those guidelines. If you have difficulty accessing one or more pages on our Web site, please contact

When negotiating access to electronic resources, the Libraries works with vendors to ensure they offer a Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT). The VPAT is a document that explains how electronic resources licensed by the Libraries meet Revised 508 Standards for IT accessibility. While many vendors with whom we work have a VPAT in place for their resources, there are others still working to tailor a VPAT for their resources. Please contact for more information or questions about product accessibility and 508 standards. 

Borrowing Accommodations

Any library patron may place a request for items in the library’s collections through the library’s Compass Catalog. Requested material will be pulled and delivered to the Lending Desk for pick-up by the patron. An automated email will be sent once the material is available for pick-up.

DU patrons unable to visit the Anderson Academic Commons in person may also designate a proxy to borrow materials on their behalf. To provide this permission, a proxy form must be completed. You may pick up a form at the Lending Desk on the main level of the library or request that a form be mailed to you.

Service Animals Policy

Service animals are allowed in the Anderson Academic Commons for patrons with needs. Please see the University policies for service animals. No other animals are permitted in the building.

Students who have different abilities (i.e., physical, medical, mental, emotional and learning) and who want to request accommodations should contact the Disability Services Program (DSP); 303.871.3241;1999 E. Evans Ave.; 4th floor of Ruffatto Hall. Information is available online at the Disabilities Services Program website.