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Accessibility Information for the Main Stacks

As of August 16, 2021, eligible patrons have access to the Main Stacks again. Please see Main Stacks Access for details on who is eligible and what type of card is required for entry.

ADA Accessibility Map

Graphical and textual maps to the Main Library.

Accessible Online Catalog Terminals

Wheelchair-accessible online catalog workstations in the Main Stacks are located on Deck 5 in the East Stacks.


Elevators in the Main Stacks are equipped with floor number panels in Braille. Floor number panels and alarm bells are positioned at a wheelchair-accessible height in the elevators in the West Stacks, as well as in the twin yellow elevators in the East Stacks.

Accessible Restrooms

Wheelchair-accessible, gender-neutral restrooms in the Main Stacks are located near the twin yellow elevators approximately halfway along the main corridor on each deck of the East Stacks.

Study Carrels

Study carrels for users with disabilities are available.

Paging of Materials

Patrons can request at the Main Library Circulation Desk to have materials retrieved from the Main Stacks for them.

Proxy Authorization

Patrons can fill out a form to authorize another library cardholder to act as a proxy and pick up items on their behalf.

Scanning and Photocopying

Online catalog workstations with scanners are available on Decks 3, 5, and 7 in the East Stacks. Staff at the Circulation Desk are also available to assist users with disabilities to scan materials.

The Main Library no longer has copiers available. See Library Copier Locations for alternatives.

Interlibrary Loan and Document Delivery offers DocExpress for users associated with the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. This service provides scans or copies of materials owned by this university’s library. It is free of charge for faculty, graduate students, and staff. The fee for undergraduate students may be waived upon request for students with disabilities; however, a verification of eligibility from Disability Resources and Educational Services may be required.

Additional Information

This guide for library users with disabilities has more information about library services that are not specific to the Main Stacks.