Penfield Library's recognizes and respects the diverse and evolving needs of our students, staff, and faculty. The library provides a number of services and resources to assist library users with disabilities.
If you don't find what you're looking for on this page, or have questions or comments, please contact our library director, Sarah Weisman.
Accessibility of physical spaces
The following information is most relevant to those who use mobility aids such as wheelchairs.
If you have a campus parking permit and a handicapped parking permit, you can park in any campus lot, regardless of your role.
The lots closest to the library are:
- Employee lot 31, which is between Penfield Library and Marano Campus Center
- Employee lot 1, which is near the lake and across the street from Penfield Library and Lanigan Hall
If you are not a current student, faculty, or staff member, you can purchase a visitor's parking pass on the SUNY Oswego Parking website.
Penfield Library has two sets of automatic doors:
- at the main entrance to the library on the front (south) side of the building
- at the west entrance to the 24-Hour Room, facing Lanigan Hall
Our elevator is located toward the back (north) side of the building, past the stairs.
To check for campus elevator outages, please visit the Facilities Services page
Accessible gender-inclusive restrooms are located:
- on the first floor, between the EOP office and the women's restrooms
Accessible women's restrooms are located:
- in the 24-Hour Room
- on the second floor
Accessible men's restrooms are located:
- in the 24-Hour Room
- on the first floor, near the computer lab
- in the basement of the library (toward the right when exiting the elevator)
A water bottle filling station is available in the 24-Hour Room space near the women's restroom. Wheelchair-accessible drinking fountains are available on the 1st floor of the library near the women's and men's restrooms. A second filling station is available near the men's restroom.
All computers located on the first floor are wheelchair accessible. Two of these computer stations can be adjusted for height. All stations have access to screen reading and screen magnification software.
There are some computer stations intended primarily to provide access to the library catalog. These stations are height-adjustable. The library catalog can also be accessed from any Internet-connected device.
Accessibility of library materials
While many of our materials are easily accessible to those with mobility aids, there are some spaces that may present challenges. The third floor, which houses most of the library's books, has narrow aisles that cannot accommodate wheelchairs.
There are a few options for retrieving items from the collection:
- If you need an item on the same day, please call or visit the Check-Out & Reserves Desk.
- You can also place a hold and have our staff retrieve the item or items for you. Items are usually ready for pick-up within 1-3 business days.
Most of the digital content that the library offers is provided through third-party vendors. We review products' accessibility features and challenges, and this factors into our decisions to purchase the product.
If you find digital content that does not meet your needs - for example, a PDF that cannot be read by your screen reading software - please contact our Electronic Resources Librarian.
The vast majority of our audiovisual materials have closed captioning available. This includes both our physical collections (DVDs & Blu-Rays) and our streaming video collections.
Our streaming video collections may have additional features. For example, the database Academic Video Online provides closed captions for all titles, and transcripts and audio descriptions for most.
The library has two flatbed scanners located on the first floor; these can be used to magnify physical materials like books or class notes.
We also have a microform machine, which has zooming functions.
If you have any other questions about library resources, please don't hesitate to reach out to our library director, Sarah Weisman.
Please visit the Office of Accessibility Resources website for information about other accommodations.
If you need help creating accessible content, please visit Oswego's Digital Accessibility website.