Library for visitors with special needs

Environment

In 2011, after the implementation of the EU-funded project “Development of Study Infrastructure and Upgrading of Basic Facilities to Adapt Them to the Special Needs of Students with Severe Physical Disabilities at LKKA”, the third floor of the library was built, and a reading room, an access ramp, a lift, and a toilet were built for visitors with mobility disabilities.

In 2018, specialised workstations were installed on the first floor of the library to help improve the quality of studies for students with visual impairments. The workstations are equipped with a Braille printer with an acoustic cabinet, a Sara CE text recognition and reading device, a Topaz® PHD video magnifier, a DAISY e-book reader, and students have access to multi-functional players and other special software. The technical and software equipment was donated to the library by the State Study Fund (SSF) within the framework of the project “Increasing Access to Studies”.

In 2021, adjustable ergonomic chairs and adjustable keyboard trays for patrons with reduced mobility were purchased and transferred to the Library with the funds from the SSF project.

The reading room was also equipped with a computerised workstation for visitors with hearing impairments, ensuring the accessibility of the Lithuanian sign language interpreter service.

Resources and services

All of the library’s subscription-based electronic resources: databases, books and book collections, and scholarly journals are available on the university’s computer network and through the  EZproxy  remote access application.

The databases have special tools such as EBSCO’s text-to-speech feature.

Printing, scanning, and photocopying assistance is provided, as well as an introduction to the library’s facilities and services, assistance in accessing the appropriate facilities, and assistance in identifying and borrowing literature.

Distance library training can be organised via MS Teams.

Communication and staff

Information is shared on the library’s website and social networks.

Staff members continuously train to improve their communication skills with people with special needs through conferences, seminars, and training.

The Head of the Library has participated in the training for higher education staff (Module V) of the VSF project “Making Studies More Accessible” in 2020–2021.

21 September 2021 at the conference “Library for All. Conference+” organised by the LAB and county libraries, LSU Library, together with other Lithuanian libraries, signed the Library Accessibility Manifesto (available in Lithuanian) and pledged to create a library open to all.

Need help? Have special needs?

Please contact us at 8 690 09936, email:  gintauta.malinauskiene@lsu.lt, Lending department (Library, 1st floor).