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Southworth Library

Accessibility Procedures Overview

The Learning Commons works with Student Accessibility Services and in accordance with the SUNY Canton Electronic and Information Technology (EIT) Plan to ensure all users have equal access to our physical and electronic resources.

The accessibility procedures of the Learning Commons follow those of the college as well as the wider campus policies and procedures for web accessibility

Any questions about Learning Commons' accessibility or for more information about these procedures, please email the Learning Commons.


Library Accessibility Statement and Guidelines

Library Accessibility Statement and Guidelines

Southworth Library is committed to providing equitable access to resources and services in accordance with the accessibility procedures above.

  • Library Building: The Southworth Library meets most requirements for wheelchair access, with an accessible main entrance, elevator access to the basement, first, and second floors, restrooms, individual and group seating, and technology including printers, scanners, computers, and monitors.
  • Library Circulation/Reference: Library staff will retrieve and deliver items from the book stacks upon request.
  • Library Events: Library events are free and open to all users. Requests for disability-related accommodations are provided upon request.
  • Reference and Instruction: Reference and instruction services are available in person, by phone, chat, and e-mail. The reference service point is wheelchair accessible.
  • Southworth Library provides electronic resources, e-books, databases, and other research and information tools for web accessibility.
  • Southworth Library collaborates with Student Accessibility Services to provide services and support to students with accessibility needs.

Monitor compliance: Southworth Library continues to provide equitable access to library resources and services to all users.

Physical Space

Southworth Library contains two wheelchair-accessible entrances. The first entrance to the Southworth Library is accessed from the SUNY Canton plaza with door access push buttons for both sets of doors. The second entrance is located behind the building, leading into the basement. It is only accessible with an approved swipe card.  

An elevator is available to access the basement, first, and second floors. The elevator is located around the corner from the main Circulation Desk through the Tutoring Center hallway. The elevator is located directly across from the Writing Center. Access to the basement is limited to approved faculty and staff with swipe card access. The third floor/mezzanine study area is not wheelchair accessible. 

The silent study area is located on the first floor under the staircase. The silent study area doubles as a classroom and event space so it might not be available at all times for use.

The quiet study area is located on the second floor past the upstairs bathrooms. It is not completely quiet as people are allowed to talk on the second floor. Study rooms are first come, first serve and can be used as quiet study areas.

The bathrooms in Cyber Cafe and on the second floor are ADA-compliant, single-use, and gender-neutral.

In the case of an emergency, Southworth Library adheres to SUNY Canton's Emergency Evacuation Plan

Accessible Acquisitions

If an individual requires specific, accessible, physical resources, students must contact Student Accessibility Services in order to gain access to the resources they need.

Southworth Library follows SUNY Canton's Procurement Procedures when purchasing furniture.

Southworth Library follows the EIT Goods and Services Checklist for procurement procedures.

If you have questions about accessibility in Southworth Library, please contact Anna Ching-Yu Wong and Leah Fitzgerald.

Accessibility for All

The goal of Southworth Library is to ensure all resources are accessible. The partnership with Student Accessibility Services ensures that the adaptive technology obtained through their office is compatible with library resources and technology.

Southworth Library provides the following services:

  • Assistance with obtaining resources from the book stacks
  • Requesting accessible materials with Interlibrary Loan
  • Captioning and transcriptions for audio-visual materials
  • Periodic review of LibGuide content
  • Elevator access to the basement, first, and second floors