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Disability Services

Northwestern University Libraries' policy is to make all of its collections and services accessible to users with disabilities. Contact Chris Davidson, Campus & Community Engagement Librarian, at 847-491-4090 for more information on access and special services.

Services include:

Below, view detailed services by location.

University Library and Deering Library


Five designated parking spaces for people with mobility impairment are in the McCormick Tribune Center parking lot (2 spaces in the northwest corner and 3 near the southeast corner).

Entrances and mobility

Automatic doors are located at the north and south sides of the main entrance. Elevators provide access to and from the lobby area, and all levels of the University Library. The Library is a large, carpeted building that requires traveling some distance between departments. 

Elevator access to or from Level 2 and Level 3 of Deering Library is available with staff assistance. Ask staff at any service desk to page Library Security for immediate assistance.

A wheelchair, stored in the Circulation Services Department, is available for use within the University Library. Wheelchair accessible restrooms and drinking fountains for users of the University Library and of the adjacent Deering Library are located on all levels of the University Library.


An accessible public telephone with receiver volume control is located at the west end of Level 1, outside of Deering room 100/101. An accessible electronic typewriter is available in the Periodicals and Newspapers Reading Room on Level 1.

Hardware and software

Located in the Information Commons on the first floor of University Library, the Adaptive Technology Lab contains hardware and software for use by individuals with disabilities. Learn about the software available on these and other library computers.

AccessibleNU facilitates general access to assistive computer equipment as well as individual accommodations.


The Circulation Services Department pages books for users with disabilities during all of the hours the department is open. Requests for paging also may be made by telephone, 847-491-7633, or by mail. The latter requests should include the date and time the user will come in to use or check out the books.

Mudd Library


Designated parking for people with mobility impairment can be found either in the North Campus Parking Garage or the faculty/staff lot next to Lakeside Field.

Entrances and mobility

Mudd Library is accessible by elevator from the north lobby on the first floor or the east side of the building next to Cook Hall. Occupying the second floor, the library has an automatic turnstile for easy entry and exit. Bathrooms and water fountains are accessible as are second floor bridges to Cook Hall on the southeast side of the building and the Technological Institute to the west. 


The collections are self-service and wheelchair accessible, but staff are available to offer assistance. All individual workstations, classrooms and group study rooms are fully accessible and on the same floor. Call the Mudd Library information desk for additional information: 847-491-3361.

Math Library

Entrances and mobility 

A ramp at the back of Lunt Hall leads to the first floor where the Math Library is located. There is a wheelchair accessible restroom on the same floor.


Book paging is available upon request at the Circulation Desk. Call the Math Library at 847-491-7627 weekdays for additional information.

Schaffner Library


The Schaffner Library is located on the second floor of Wieboldt Hall, 339 East Chicago Avenue, on the Chicago Campus. Parking for people with mobility impairment is available at several downtown campus parking facilities. NU students can have their parking stubs validated at Wieboldt Hall for the parking garages at 275 E. Chestnut or the Erie-Ontario D-Lot, Monday-Friday from 4 pm until 10:30 pm and weekends from 7 am to 7 pm Call the Chicago Parking Office 312-503-1103 for more information about parking or call the Schaffner Library at 312-503-8422 for information about accessing the library.

Entrances and mobility

Entry to Schaffner Library can be made through automatic doors located on either the north or south side of Wieboldt Hall at 339 E. Chicago Ave. or 340 E. Superior. Wheelchair accessible restrooms and drinking fountains are on the first floor of Wieboldt Hall. The library is on the second floor, with elevator access via the Chicago Avenue elevator banks. A wheelchair accessible workstation is located in the public computer area of the library.


Book paging is available upon request at the Schaffner Library Front Desk.