Patrons with Disabilities

The University Library provides a range of services to people with disabilities. Whenever possible, services are integrated into regular library activities.


Services Available through the University Library



Library Databases are provided by a wide range of vendors. Many of our databases are provided through EBSCO, Proquest and GALE. Each of the latter vendors is compliant with Section 508 and/or W3C WAI WCAG 2.0 compliant. Contact us if you have questions about specific resources.

Print Books

To check the availability of UCSC materials, please vist the Library Search page, or call:

  • Science & Engineering Library: (831) 459-5300
  • McHenry Library: (831) 459-5185

To arrange for pickup of print materials, please email Library staff or call:

  • Science & Engineering Library: (831) 459-5300
  • McHenry Library: (831) 459-5185

eBooks and screen readers

To use your preferred screen reader, instead of the screen reader provided by the eBook vendor, you will need a Digital Rights Management-free version of the book.

If the University Library owns a book needed for a class by a student who is registered with the DRC and that title is not preferred-screen-reader-accessible, the library will purchase a version of the book that will meet the student’s needs.

If the University Library does not own a book needed for a class by a student who is registered with the DRC, the student should work directly with the DRC for support options.

Order eBooks through this form - make sure you select that this is an ADA/DRC request. This will ensure that you are not erroneously directed back to the library’s owned copy of the title.

Proxy Borrowing

DRC-registered students may designate another person to borrow library materials on their behalf. Information on proxy borrowing, along with the proxy card application, can be found on the Patron Borrowing Categories page.

Renew Library Materials

You may renew items from the regular collection online in your Library Account or over the phone:

  • Science & Engineering Library: (831) 459-5300
  • McHenry Library: (831) 459-5185

You may renew Interlibrary Loan items online.

Research Assistance

For research assistance, please visit Get Research Help.

Reserve Materials

You may request a longer loan period for reserve materials in order to use them with special reading equipment. Contact the University Library Reserves staff for assistance.

by phone, via the Circulation Desk: (831) 459-5185 (McHenry) or (831) 459-5300 (Science & Engineering)

by email:

online: Course Reserves page


Service Animals

Service animals are welcome in the University Library.  In order to help maintain a productive and safe environment for all Library users and staff, service animals must be in physical proximity with their handler and under handler control at all times.  Service animals may not be left unattended by their handler at any time.



The University Library accessible workstations are available in:
McHenry Library Digital Scholarship Commons/Media Center, Room 0337

Accessible Workstation Hardware and Software information:


Dell Inter Core i5 7th Gen PC
Dell 4k Monitor
Dell Monitor
Epson Perception 4490 Photo Scanner
Three Tables
2 Chairs

HIMS Candy HD II Magnifier available for checkout at the Media Desk. 


Freedom Scientific JAWS 18.0
 Kurzweil 3000 v.15
Dragon Naturallyspeaking 13
OpenBook 9.0
FSReader 3.0

To log in to the Accessible Technology workstation:
Username: .\drcstudent
Password: Changeme12345



The Americans with Disabilities Act (PL 101-336), in its broadest definition, is landmark legislation that extends civil rights protection to people with disabilities. These rights include equal access to employment, public services, public accommodations provided by private entities, transportation, and telecommunications. Information about the Americans with Disabilities Act can be found online. For more information, consult the UCSC Disability Accommodations and Resources page.

For more information regarding University Library services, contact Sarah Troy, Director of User Services & Resource Sharing.