There are two main points of access to the Library. At the front of the building, there is an entrance from the pedestrium into the first floor atrium. At the back of the building, there is an entrance from the parking lot. Both entrances have sliding glass doors.
There is a special lens available for microform reader/printers designed to magnify the reader screen so that persons with limited vision should be able to read enough of an article to know whether they want to make a copy. The lens is available through the Access Services Department on the second floor.
Persons who are unable to retrieve books and other materials from Library shelves may get assistance at the Circulation Desk on the second floor.
Telecommunications For The Deaf
The Library has an Ultratec Minicom IV TDD (Telecommunications device for the Deaf) at the circulation desk on the second floor. The number for the TDD is (912) 478-1314. It is a portable version with a printing option and includes a bright, 20-character display tilted to increase viewing comfort, and a 4-row keyboard specially designed for easy typing. An 8000-character memory allows messages to be saved, and a built-in voice announces that an outgoing call is being made by TDD. TDD access is available during all Library hours.
The Library has an emergency alarm system that features alarm notifications by recorded voice messages, siren sounds, and flashing strobe lights. If the alarm system is activated for any reason, all people in the Library at the time are to leave the building in a calm, orderly manner.
The Library has a detailed emergency plan in place to assist users during evacuations of the building. During an emergency, Library employees are assigned to check all areas of the Library for persons with disabilities.
Elevators should not be used in most emergencies. Persons on the first and second floors have access to building exits without the use of elevators. Persons on the third floor who cannot move to other floors without the use of an elevator should assemble in nearest safe stairwell. Library personnel are assigned to check those assembly points and escort individuals to the nearest safe stairwell where they can wait for properly trained emergency personnel to give them assistance in moving to the lower floors. Radios are available for maintaining communication from the stairwells.
Suggestions and comments concerning the Library’s services for persons with disabilities are welcome at any time. Suggestions are reviewed by the Library’s administration daily, and are used to correct immediate deficiencies and to plan for the implementation of new services. We are especially interested in evaluative information concerning the hardware and computer software that we have installed to maximize access for persons with disabilities, and would welcome the opportunity to meet with anyone who would like to assist us with the specifications for such equipment.