Miller Nichols Library

Research & Material Accessibility | Adaptive Technology

Research & Material Accessibility

Book Retrieval

While library stacks have been configured to be accessible, library personnel can retrieve materials upon request. If requesting many items, advanced notice is preferable. Books from UMKC requested directly through the MERLIN library catalog are usually ready for pick up by the next afternoon (excluding weekends). During COVID-19, the Libraries will arrange to provide outside pickup of library materials if needed. Email to arrange this addendum to your library account to allow outside pickup. Once your account is set up, request your materials directly via the library catalog. Allow 3 days to set up the account and 24 hours to process each materials request.

Assistance in Obtaining Your Borrowed Materials

A Proxy Account will allow you to grant any other person temporary access to your library account on your behalf:

  1. Contact Scott Laurent to register with UMKC Disability Services.
  2. Complete the Proxy Borrowing Form to establish your Proxy Account.

Consult the Proxy Account Policy for further details on this service.

Scanning & Printing

Students can scan materials using the scanners on the ground, first, and second floors of Miller Nichols Library. Scans can be saved to flash drives, or emailed to any valid email account. Scanners are accessible, but may not meet all needs. If students wish to copy print materials, they must first scan and save or email them. Students may print from library computers using their student print quota. For more complete information, please visit the Printing and Scanning Guide.

Silent Study

The fourth floor of the library is reserved for silent study. Consult our Spaces page for information on noise levels, study locations, technology and services by floor.

Study Areas

The Miller Nichols Library has several study rooms on the first floor which can be reserved by UMKC students. In addition, study tables, carrels, and lounge areas are available on all floors of the library.

Research Assistance

You can get help using the library from the Circulation Service Desk in person, or via phone or email. Reference staff can assist patrons in using the MERLIN Library Catalog, online databases, the Internet, and other research materials. Basic reference assistance is available whenever the library is open; however, in-depth research questions may require a longer consultation that will be provided by appointment.

Online Databases and Catalog

The University Libraries' databases and catalog, like some websites, do not always work well with screen readers and adaptive technology. If you are unable to or unsure of how to use the databases or catalog, we can assist you in your research with:

  • Instruction in how to use a database or catalog.
  • A research consultation in which we facilitate your use of the database.
  • Librarians searching the databases and providing results and articles for your review.
  • Training in which we describe the database/catalog interface and how a screen reader interacts with it.

Need to listen to a PDF?

Watch this video to learn how to use Adobe Reader's Read Out Loud feature on your computer. We also recommend NaturalReader, which can be installed on your computer or downloaded as an app to your mobile device.

Large Print Materials

The Miller Nichols Library has a collection of large print reference books located in the Information Commons. This collection includes three standard dictionaries, a medical dictionary, a thesaurus, and the MLA Handbook.

Library Instruction Sessions

In addition to individual instruction and research consultations, the Library offers instruction sessions to entire classes. Miller Nichols Library's main classroom Room 121, has a workstation with an adjustable table to accomodate students who use wheelchairs. If you are coming to the library with your class and have specific needs, please feel free to contact the library or ask your instructor to contact the librarian teaching your class.

Adaptive Technology

The Miller Nichols Library has two workstations located on the first floor that are reserved for priority use by students, faculty, or staff with disabilities.


Universal Access Workstations on the First Floor of Miller Nichols Library are equipped with:

  • JAWS screen reader
  • Window Eyes screen reader
  • ZoomText screen magnifier
  • Duxbury Braille Translation (DBT) text-to-braille translater for brailler embossing
  • HP PrecisionScan Pro scanning software
  • OmniPage Pro OCR converts scanned text into computer-editable text.


  • 22 inch widescreen monitors
  • ScanJet ADF Scanners automatic document feeder 
  • Juliet Pro Braille Embossors The Library's equipment has limited image embossing capabilities. Those needing a tactile version of an image, table, map, or other non-text information should contact the OSSD which can arrange access to a Tactile Graphics Embosser.
  • Height adjustable table
  • Handling phone calls for deaf or hearing-impaired patrons The Library accepts call through the National Relay Service (711) and the Missouri Relay Service at 800-735-2966

For training on the use of any of this equipment, please contact the Office of Student Disability Services.