Information for readers with disabilities

Services to improve accessibility for all readers.

The Library offers services to readers with disabilities.Library staff is available to:

  • assist readers with disabilities in reading rooms and at different information desks
  • inform you about services at your disposal
  • request closed-stacks material, collect direct access items and check-out materials for you
  • make photocopies or prints of library materials
  • digitize your items on a scanner equipped with character recognition software to make them accessible 

A personal assistance can also be arranged. To make an appointment :

Readers with disabilities are granted extended borrowing privileges as well as delivery service : material delivery in lockers at the 13 rue de l'Université cafeteria. Library access is free for readers with disabilities and their attendants, under certain conditions.

Building access

Automatic doors are installed at the entrance of the 27 and 30 rue Saint-Guillaume buildings.

Adapted furniture

  • Adjustable tables are placed at 30 rue Saint-Guillaume Library (lower level reading room) and 27 rue Saint-Guillaume Library (ground floor).
  • Hearing induction loops are available at all reference desks for hearing-impaired readers. 
  • Self-service checkout machine is accessible in each building 

Reserved spaces

Specific areas were set up for readers with disabilities. 

Two soundproof rooms in lower level reading room at 30 rue Saint-Guillaume are bookable online.

Group study rooms A and B, 1st floor, 27 rue Saint-Guillaume are accessible and bookable online.

In case of any problem for booking rooms, please contact

Equipments and softwares 

  • Jaws : voice synthesis software for Windows and documents
  • Zoom Text : screen magnifier
  • Adobe Digital Edition (for reading e-books)
  • 4 PCs with braille keyboards connected to local and network printers as well as a braille embosser (room A) 
  • 2 image magnifiers connected to PC screens
  • 2 scanners for digitizing documents, fitted with Omnipage 17 software (optical character recognition)
  • 2 reading machines with integrated MP3 players for listening scanned documents 
  • 1 magnifying lamp (room A)
  • 2 digital dictation software Dragon (PC 6601 room A et PC 5991 room B)
  • 1 public phone (room A) to contact the Library accessibility assistant and the IT helpdesk at 01 45 49 77 99 (e-mail

Equipment loan

On all Sciences Po campuses, employees and students can borrow adapted equipments :

  • amplifiers sound
  • portable video magnifier ( weight 300g )

Collections accessibility

Electronic databases with integrated voice synthesis, in particular :


Audiovisual collections: 

  • DVDs , french fictions and documentaries ( some of them with subtitles for the hearing impaired) and foreign fictions and documentaries (mostly in subtitled original version)
  • “Read books” audio CDs, classic texts recordings.


Updated on 13/11/2020

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