Accessibility Services

BGSU Libraries are committed to providing access to information for everyone who is part of the University community.

Retrieving items from Jerome Library

Patrons can request books and other items marked "Available" directly from the BGSU Libraries Catalog by using the Request button. The books will be retrieved within 72 hours and held at the circulation desk in the Jerome Library.

Alternatively, present a list of books with author, title, and call numbers to the Circulation Desk or email the list to circdesk@bgsu.edu.

To obtain a copy of an article in a print journal or a chapter from a print book, please place a request through Interlibrary Loan. Staff will scan the article or book chapter and you will receive an email with a link to download the pdf within 72 hours. Please provide the full citation for each item to be scanned. Note that copies of items held by Jerome Library will not be made for undergraduate students unless they have an accessibility need or are distance education students, so indicate on in the notes field of your request if this is your situation.

If you need assistance retrieving periodicals, please ask at the Research and Information Desk. We will endeavor to give immediate assistance whenever possible, but you may be asked to leave a list of needed items. They will be retrieved within 24 hours and held at the Research and Information Desk for pickup. Alternatively, you may email a list to libhelp@bgsu.edu.

Retrieving items from Special Collections

The BGSU Libraries Special Collections include the Curriculum Resource Center, Music Library & Bill Schurk Sound Archives, Center for Archival Collections, and the Browne Popular Culture Library.

Alternative or enhanced access to items from closed collections can be arranged based on patron needs. If you need accommodations to interact with any of our materials, please contact the appropriate collection to make those arrangements.

Research assistance

Library research assistance is available at the Research & Information Desk in Jerome Library, or at any of the service desks in our special collections.

If you are in need of assistance with research, you may schedule an appointment with a reference librarian. For graduate students or for more advanced research projects, please contact your subject librarian.

Assistance with searching the catalog, requesting books or retrieving call numbers is available at the Research and Information Desk.

Scanning and assistive technology

Jerome Library offers an ADA wheelchair accessible computer workstation, and JAWS screen-reader software on computers in the open computer lab in the library lobby. Library staff can provide basic assistance, but cannot provide technical assistance or software instruction.

Please contact the Office of Accessibility Services for assistance with equipment, and information on additional services.

Physical access to Jerome Library

  • Campus Map
  • Elevators: All floors of the Jerome Library are accessible by elevators located along the North side hallway upon entrance to the building.

Falcon Learning Your Way (FLY)

The Falcon Learning Your Way (FLY) Program at the Learning Commons was developed to assist students with specific learning disabilities (SLD) and/or ADHD. Learn more about the FLY Program.

Contact information

Linda Rich, Reference Coordinator
Phone 419-372-7902, or lrich@bgsu.edu

Research & Information Desk
Phone 419-372-6943, or libhelp@bgsu.edu

You are also encouraged to access and contact the Office of Accessibility Services.