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Penfield Library supports the academic mission of SUNY Oswego. If you have any disabilities, the library will provide services and assistance that facilitate access to the library's resources.



Parking is available in a reserved area in Lot E31, east of the library. For more information about parking for persons with disabilities, go to the Campus Parking Information site or contact the Campus Parking Office at 315-312-3227.

To make special arrangements for dropping someone off near the library's entrances, contact University Police at 315-312-5555.

Automatic Doors:

Penfield has two sets of automatic doors:

  • at the main entrance to the library on the front side of the building
  • at the west entrance to the 24-Hour Room, facing Lanigan Hall


Our elevator is located at the back of the lobby.


  • Accessible women's restrooms are located:
    • in the 24-Hour Room
    • on the second floor
  • Accessible men's restrooms are located:
    • in the 24-Hour Room
    • in the first-floor lobby
    • in the basement of the library.

Drinking Fountain:

Wheelchair accessible drinking fountains are available on the first floor of the library next to the restrooms.

Library Catalog:

There are wheelchair accessible library catalog stations located on each floor of the library.


All public computers are wheelchair accessible. Two of the lobby stations can be adjusted for height. All stations have 21" screens and one lobby station has a trackball mouse. All stations have access to screen reading and screen magnification software.

Retrieving Materials:

If you need help retrieving library materials, you may request assistance at the Check-Out & Reserves Desk. Immediate help may not be available. If you anticipate needing help with retrieving and reviewing a number of items, you should bring your own research assistant.

Semester or Daily Study Carrels:

Study carrels are available for students and faculty on a daily or semester basis. These spaces can help by reducing environmental distractions. Special arrangements can be made for individuals who use wheelchairs.

Library Services

Library Liaison for Persons with Disabilities:

Chris Hebblethwaite is the library's liaison for persons with disabilities. If you need information about library services, you may contact him directly at 315-312-3060 or

Suggestion Box:

Please use the Make a Suggestion form to keep us informed about problems we need to correct or additional services we might provide.

Research Help Desk:

A librarian is available at the Research Help Desk during most hours the library is open. A portion of the Research Help Desk is wheelchair accessible. You may contact a reference librarian in person, by phone, by email, and through our chat service. See our Ask a Librarian page for details.

Appointment with a Librarian:

If you need extensive help with your research, you are encouraged to make an appointment with a librarian; see the Xtreme Research portion of our Ask a Librarian page.

Adaptive Technology

Microform Enlargement and Printing:

The library's microform reader scanner has a zoom feature that allows you to enlarge microform images for viewing. Ask about this feature at the 2nd Floor Service Desk.

At your request, the 2nd Floor Service Desk staff will make electronic copies (pdf) from our microform collections. Use the Microform copy request form to submit such a request. Articles requested through this service are normally emailed to the requestor's email address within 24 hours.

Closed Captioning:

The library's televisions for viewing videos or DVDs have closed captioning. Ask about using closed captioning at the 2nd Floor Service Desk.

Other Campus Services

Disability Services:

The Disability Services Office is located in 155 Marano Campus Center. This office is responsible for providing academic support services to students with disabilities. Personnel in this office can be contacted by calling 315-312-3358.