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Using the Library: Accessibility

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Shaw Accessibility

Shaw U is committed to accessibility, much of our procedures can be found in the Student Disability Service Handbook (2019). You can also access information about Shaw U's Accessibility Compliance on the Shaw U Accessibility Page

Staff Assistance

Staff of the Shaw University Libraries is happy to provide services to meet the needs of its users with different abilities.

Before beginning in-depth research, patrons requiring ADA or other ability assistance should contact a librarian to ensure uninterrupted assistance

The library staff will gladly assist with many things, such as:

  • The use of the online catalog
  • Providing specialized help to users needing assistance with library materials
  • Retrieving books from the stacks or areas that are hard to access
  • Providing available resources to assist with research and study needs

Please note that if extensive use of library resources is anticipated, patrons with extensive needs (such as strong visual impairment or limited mobility) are expected to bring assistance or devices used for regular accommodation purposes.

Upon request, the library will allow a designated Shaw student or staff member to check out and renew materials for differently-abled students without the student having to come to the Library.

Building Access

In order to ensure equal access to library services, Shaw Campus has designated the following:

  • Two (2) handicapped parking spaces are designated in the rear library parking lot
  • Ramp Accessibility to both library locations main entrance
  • Elevator Access where available in Campus Buildings
  • ADA Compliant spacing between desks, work spaces, and bookshelves

Other parking accommodations or questions regarding accessibility on campus can be made by contacting Campus Security at 919.546.8249.

Audiobooks and eBooks

Audiobook Access

Through NC Live, patrons with disabilities have free, online access to a collection of approximately 1300 audio books, which are compatible with most devices. The entire collection focuses primarily on language learning audio books, classic literature, history, and biography.

Patrons can download and instantly listen to titles, such as Julia Child’s My Life in France, Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre, and Stephen King’s Shawshank Redemption, or they can try to learn a new language, such as Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, and Spanish.\

North Carolina library patrons can download the audio books from home or in their library with an Internet connection. The audio books are accessible from North Carolina library websites, and the NC LIVE website at

eBook Access

E-Books are available through NC LIVE

Currently NC LIVE offers E-Book (electronic book) content from the following providers:

  • E-Books on EBSCOhost - includes titles in Literature, Technology, Career & Self Help, how-to books, and more.
  • Gale Virtual Reference Library - reference books and encyclopedias in Religion, History, Philosophy, and more.
  • ABC-CLIO - includes titles in History, Literature, and more.
  • MyiLibrary eBooks - includes titles in History, the Social Sciences, Criminal Justice, and more.
  • Learning Express Library - eBooks on career development topics, test prep, and personal development.
  • Open Library - NC LIVE has partnered with the Open Library to offer access to over 200,000 books published between 1924 and 1999. These E-Books cover many subjects and include fiction, young adult, and children's titles.

Upon request, the library will allow a designated Shaw student or staff member to check out and renew materials for disabled or visually impaired students without the student having to come to the Library.

For further assistance, please contact us!
Shaw University Libraries - James E. Cheek Learning Resources Center
118 E. South Street - Raleigh, NC 27609
919-546-8407 -

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