Accessibility Services for People with Disabilities

The Brandeis Library is dedicated to providing access and services to all members of the Brandeis community.

Building Accessibility

The Brandeis  Library is wheelchair accessible from the main entrance.  Elevators are located in both Goldfarb and Farber Libraries. Restrooms and water fountains on Level 1 are wheelchair accessible.


Parking spaces marked for handicapped are located next to the Pearlman building and in the service lot between Usdan and Brown. See the campus map.

Library Services

Proxy borrowing services are available to patrons with disabilities. Patrons may designate another person as their "proxy" to borrow materials on their behalf. To set up a proxy borrower, complete the Proxy Borrower Request form or contact the Information & Borrowing desk at or 781-736-4624.
Librarians are available to assist with your research needs in-person at the Research Help Desk and virtually through our Chat tool or email. If you have questions, contact Research Help at or 781-736-4627.
Material Retrieval Service

Many of the Main Library stacks are not wheelchair accessible. Library staff are available to retrieve books from the stacks upon request. If you have questions, contact the Information & Borrowing desk at or 781-736-4624.

Electronic Materials

Some library databases and e-book platforms offer accessible materials upon request. If you have questions, contact Research Help at or 781-736-4627.

The Library can often request accessible materials through Interlibrary Loan. Through Scan on Demand, users can also request materials from Brandeis Library collections be scanned with OCR. If you have questions, contact Interlibrary Loan at or 781-736-4676.


Kurzweil 3000 is an assistive technology, text-to-speech, learning tool that supports the concept of Universal Design for Learning with a suite of powerful reading, writing, test-taking, and study skill tools that makes curriculum accessible to all students. Students can access Kurzweil 3000 on Library cluster computers located in the Goldfarb 230 classroom, Farber 101 classroom, the Information Commons, and Vershbow classroom. For additional information and support, please visit the Brandeis Knowledge Base or contact the Student Accessibility Support office at 781-736-3470 or

Other Services

The Library is happy to provide services as needed for users with disabilities. Please inquire about services not listed here by contacting the Information & Borrowing desk at or 781-736-4624.

Brandeis University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ancestry, religious creed, gender identity and expression, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, genetic information, disability, veteran status or any other category protected by law.

For more information about other campus accessibility services, please visit the Student Accessibility Support website or contact the office at or 781-736-3470.