Pasadena City College, Home of the PCC Lancers

Services for Students with Disabilities

The staff of the Shatford Library is committed to making its collections and resources accessible to students, faculty, and staff with disabilities. The Library provides a number of services, resources, and technologies designed to assist those with special needs.

Tours of the Library

PCC's student population of all backgrounds and abilities can take advantage of the Shatford Library walking tour. Group tours can be arranged by contacting the Library Instruction Coordinator, Dorothy Potter at (626) 585-7846.

One-on-One Research Help

Librarians can provide individual help in developing research strategies for your assignments or information needs. Although we cannot provide exhaustive services such as reading materials to you, there is adaptive technology and other resources that can help you in the library. Contact the Disabled Students Program and Services (DSPS) Office for more information and tutor recommendations: (626) 585-7127, Email:, Website:

It is particularly helpful if you can call and make an appointment with the Reference Librarian, Ken Simon, (626) 585-7818. With advance notice, librarians can prepare special materials to assist you in your research. Since the Reference Desk can be busy, the librarians prefer you make appointments so they can give more time and attention to your specific needs. If you can't make an appointment ahead of time, come in and ask to speak to a Librarian at the Reference Desk.

Library Resources


Large-type books are scattered throughout the collection but you can locate them by using our Library Catalog and doing the search "su: large type books"

A small collection of Braille books are shelved on the main floor, at the end of the LC general collection.

The SS (Special Services) Collection is designed to assist students who have learning disabilities and students who read at nontraditional college reading levels. Each item provides the calculated reading level. For example, R.L. 7.5 refers to 7th grade, 5th month; Interest level is also noted in a similar fashion.


Adjustable tables: On the main floor, there is one height-adjustable public patron computer station (southwest corner by room 214), and one height-adjustable table with library carrel with CCTV (northeast corner by room 204). On the bottom floor, there are two height-adjustable computer stations in the main computer lab, and one in wach of the smaller computer labs. There is also one height-adjustable computer station on the third floor (southwest corner by room 315).

Two CCTVs (Print Enlargers): One with a black and white display (located on the main floor by room 204) and one with a color display and text-to-speech function in room 214.

Enlarging Photocopiers: Photocopies can be enlarged up to 141% on all Library photocopier machines. Copies are 10 cents per page.

Magnifiers: Hand-held magnifiers are available for use in the library (ask at the Circulation or Reference Desks).

Adaptive Equipment Room (LL214):

The DSPS Assistive Technology Center trains students in the use of the assistive computer technology and adaptive equipment housed in this room. In order to use this room, students must bring their current semester student educational contract (SEC) and PCC LancerCard ID to the Library Circulation Desk. Circulation staff will then check out a two-hour card pass and unlock the door to the room for the student. Students can renew their two-hour card pass if the room has not reached capacity.

For computer and equipment help or training, please contact Alex Marositz, Assistive Technology Specialist: Phone (626) 585-7242, Email:, Office: D209

Computers & Hardware in LL214:

  • Two Windows computers and one Mac computers, all with network and Internet access
  • Two flatbed scanners
  • Sorenson IP Videophone Relay
  • Multicolor CCTV with text-to-speech

Software available in LL214:

  • Jaws 11.0
  • Kurzweil 1000 ver. 11
  • Kurzweil 3000 ver. 12
  • Zoomtext 10.1
  • OmniPage Professional 17
  • Dragon Naturally Speaking ver. 10.1
  • Microsoft Office Suite 2013 (including Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Outlook)

For more information on services, please feel free to contact the Access Services Librarian, Walter Butler (626) 585-7830.