Accessibility Services

At UVic Libraries, we support our disabled users with accessibility facilities and services. We have services available at both the Mearns - McPherson and Law Library.

Assistive technology rooms

Visit these rooms to use assistive software and adaptable workstations. Each room has multiple workstations to share and cannot be pre-booked.

Read more about the assistive technology rooms.

Priority workspaces

These workspaces are reserved for disabled patrons. There are multiple types of priority workspaces, and they are located on every floor of both library buildings.

Read more about how to find a priority workspace.

Respite rooms

Visit these rooms to rest or lie down. They include beds, chairs, and adjustable lighting. There is one room available in each library building.

Read more about how to access the respite rooms.

Library account designate

You can choose a trusted person to access your library account. They can sign out, renew or recall items and pay library fines on your behalf. Faculty and staff can also choose a proxy to borrow library materials.

Read more about how to appoint a designate or proxy.

Alternate formats

You can ask us to provide library materials in alternate formats. This includes course reserves. Fill out the alternate format request form with the details. 

Read more about how to request alternate formats.

Book retrieval

Do you need help retrieving a library item? Contact us and we will bring it to you.

If we aren't able to retrieve it immediately, you can pick it up later at the Ask Us Desk.

Contact us for help

Mearns - McPherson Library: 250-721-8230 | 

Law Library: 250-721-8565 | 

Research help

Need research help? Ask us!

Contact your subject librarian, who can provide specialized help with your research.

Or visit the Ask Us Desk at Mearns - McPherson Library or the Law Library.

Building accessibility

McPherson Library - Mearns Centre for Learning

  • All floors are accessible by elevator
  • Washrooms in the lower level and on the third floor are wheelchair accessible
  • Washrooms in the BiblioCafé are wheelchair accessible; one is also equipped with a lift
  • Refer to our floor maps for more detail about accessibility features

Diana M Priestly Law Library

  • All floors are accessible by elevator
  • Washrooms on the first floor are wheelchair accessible
  • Refer to our floor maps for more detail about accessibility features

Other campus resources

  • The Centre for Accessible Learning (CAL) supports educational accessibility for students with disabilities and chronic health conditions. CAL works with students and instructors to provide specialized programs for various disability- and health-related needs.
  • The Society for Students with a Disability (SSD) is an advocacy group for students who self-identify as having one or more disabilities. The SSD provides support to help reduce barriers to full inclusion in student life.

How can we improve our services?

Contact , Director, Engagement and Learning