Disability Support Services

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Morris Library offers a number of services to disabled patrons.

Retrieval and help with photocopying of materials in the library

Contact the first floor Information Desk to use this service.

Research assistance

Contact the first floor Information Desk to use this service.

Assistive technology in the DSS Room

The DSS Room on the first floor of Morris Library behind the Information Desk is open the same hours as the Information Desk (View the hours). The room offers the following equipment:


  • Two Pentium computers
  • Two 22-inch monitors
  • Two sound cards with speakers
  • Two 100mb zip drives
  • One laser printer
  • One Braille printer
  • One flat bed scanner
  • One Read-Scanner
  • One Brailler
  • One headset microphone (check out from the Reserve Desk)
  • One cassette player
  • One CCTV

First computer, specialty software

  • IBM Via Voice TTS Runtime – US & UK English
    • A module that allows OpenBook to read documents that are scanned onto the computer
  • JAWS
    • Recognizes information/text on the screen and reads it aloud to the computer user
  • Dragon Naturally Speaking
    • Voice recognition software that receives input from a microphone and translates it into text; when you say "hello," it types "h-e-l-l-o"
  • ZoomText
  • FS Reader

Second computer, specialty software

  • WinBraille
    • A driver that allows printing to a Braille printer

For help with disability support issues in Morris Library please contact Matt Borowicz (phone: 618/453-2818; mborowic@lib.siu.edu).

Patrons who need in-depth training in using the software should contact the SIU DSS office (phone: 618/453-5738).