Patrons are encouraged to bring a person with them to help with photocopying. If this is not possible, patrons with disabilities should contact the Accessibility & Learning Technologies group at

Staff are available to assist patrons with disabilities in retrieving materials that are on reserve.


Butler Assistive Technologies Room

Butler Assistive Technology Room

This room (G 101.11) is located in the Goldstein Undergraduate Center near the bank of elevators. It is restricted to Penn Card holders and is always locked.

Available Hardware and Software:

We have technology for all kinds of needs and our aim is to make accommodation to support student learning. In order to get the best and latest equipment for our users we often wait for a potential user to request the type of equipment needed rather than purchasing equipment that no current student wants. Please contact Student Disabilities Services with your equipment needs (voice: 215-573-9235 | TDD: 215-746-6320).

Butler Assistive Technology Room


Books by mail

For a summary of this service, please see the Books by Mail page. Please contact Susan Shapiro in the Office of Student Disabilities Services to inquire about eligibility.

Alternative format materials requests

If you need any library materials converted into an accessible format, please send an email request to and include the item information and type of remediation needed (i.e. accessible pdf, captions, transcription, image description, etc.).

Sensus access

SensusAccess is an easy-to-use OCR tool that allows users to transform documents into many formats, including MP3, DAISY, EPUB, and digital Braille. Penn now has a subscription for all university students, faculty, and staff:



All patrons are responsible for returning library materials on time. For assistance with problems concerning overdue books, please use the staff contacts on this page.