Department of Library Services
+27 12 420 2235/6

Facilities & Services for clients with special needs

Facilites for clients with physical and learning disabilities

A designated lab on level 3 of the Merensky library (GV Section) houses equipment intended to serve students with visual learning disabilities. This lab currently has 4 computers:

  • 1 using Zoomtext, for students with low vision
  • 2 using JAWS (Job Access With Speech), of which 1 is connected to a fine reader scanner, for blind students
  • 1 using WYNN, for students with cognitive and learning disabilities
  • 1 Desk Magnifier, enlarging words from books / articles for visually impaired students
  • The WYNN program is also effective for studying use by students suffering from ADHD or Dyslexia as it facilitates the reading process and helps the student make effective summaries.
  • A printer is also available in the lab
  • Desks are installed on the prescribed level to be used by students in wheelchairs

Services for clients with physical and learning disabilities


Textbooks and e-books
  • The student contacts Tebogo Mogakane (tebogo.mogakane@up.ac.za / 012 420 4923) to request for electronic files of a book
  • The student needs to provide proof that he/she has bought a paper copy of the book
  • The library will contact the publishers to get hold of the electronic files
  • The student will be updated when the files are available


Journals
  • The student has to provide the information specialist for the specific subject with the research topic and relevant keywords
  • The information specialist will search on different databases on behalf of the client
  • A list of references and abstracts on the topic and relevant keywords will be sent to the client
  • The student then has to select relevant articles with the help of a departmental assistant/lecturer and arrange with him/her to download the information
  • If the full text is not available electronically, the assistant/lecturer must request it on interlibrary loan on behalf of the client
  • When the article is available only in paper format, the client must arrange with the assistant/lecturer for photocopies to be made in the library. The Disability Unit can then be contacted to change the information into the required format