Information & services for people with special needs

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Your contact persons for inclusion in the library

Duisburg campus

Essen campus

Stephanie Abtmeyer

Humanities and Social Sciences Library
R09 T00 M95

Services at UA Ruhr libraries

UL Dortmund

Sehkon -
Katalog Online

Sehkon is a special catalogue for the visually impaired. It lists media in German language which has already been transfered to a quotable form and contains about 14.000 documents at the moment. Planned implementations are also recorded so that duplicate productions can be avoided.

Go to Sehkon

Especially for students ...

... with visual impairment

Staff members from our Department for Digital Services are working on converting teaching materials from a pdf format to a reader-friendly EPUB format, Word format or any other needed format.

We are providing advice and will respond to your personal needs as far as possible. In addition, we take care of legal and technical issues and cooperate with colleagues from the UAR libraries.

Please use our service and contact our colleague in charge:
Katrin Falkenstein-Feldhoff
+49 (0) 203 379 1504
Digital Library Services
LK Library (Duisburg)

... with reduced hearing ability

In all branch libraries, a portable audio induction loop system (LoopHear) is available for people with reduced hearing ability to receive audio signals without any interference through their hearing aid.

An induction loop transmits audio signals clearly and free of other distracting noise in the environment the hearing-impaired listener. For library users, who don't have a hearing aid or a "T" (telecoil) button at their device, earphones are available.

Please contact information services in the respective branch library.

Barrier-free access to the branch libraries, lifts

Duisburg campus LK Library

  • Lotharstr. 65
  • main entrance with automatic sliding doors
  • all floors accessible by lift
  • library offices not accessible to wheelchair users (fire doors without automatic door openers)
  • lift from level 3.5 to level 3
  • some emergency exits only accessible via 3 steps upwards and one step downstairs

Duisburg campus MC Library

  • Lotharstr. 1
  • wheelchair accessible
  • the library is situated on the 2nd floor
  • a lift is available
  • limited access to the library areas
  • adjustable turnstile, can be opened to pass through

Duisburg campus BA Library

  • Bismarckstr. 81
  • wheelchair accessible automatic door near the main entrance and on the back of the building
  • the library is situated on the 1st floor
  • a lift is available
  • automatic door opener at library entrance door

Essen campus Humanities and Social Sciences Library

  • Universitätsstr. 9 - 11
  • broader entrance via ramp with 10% incline from the campus / courtyard [between R09 and R11]
  • 1st and 2nd floor are accessible via lifts
  • the new library hall is accessible for disabled people

Essen campus MNT Library

  • Universitätsstr. 15 (entrance V15 from the campus / courtyard)
  • automatic door opener at the building entrance V15
  • the library is situated on the 1st floor (S01 C19)
  • a lift is available
  • automatic door opener at library entrance door

Medical Library

  • Hufelandstr. 55 [University Hospital, Holsterhausen]
  • wheelchair accessible
  • a lift and ramps are available within the building


If no wheelchar accessible toilet is available within a branch library, the nearest barrier-free toilets are listed here.

Duisburg campus LK Library

  • on the ground floor

Duisburg campus BA Library

  • on the ground floor in the BA building (BA047, near the main entrance)
  •  on the ground floor in the BB and BC buildings

Duisburg campus MC Library

  • on the ground floor in the MC building (MC006)
  • on the ground floor in the MG building (MC004)

Essen campus Humanities and Social Sciences Library

  • in the R12 building (close to the Café Rosso entrance),
  • in R11 R01 (at the entrance beneath the underpass between R12 and R11)
  • in the S07 building (ground floor) or
  • in the V15 building (for example in hallway R on the ground floor)

Campus Essen Fachbibliothek MNT

  • in building V15, level 0, towards V17, in aisle G

Medical Library

  • on the ground floor

PC workstations for students with visual impairment

Both the LK (Duisburg) and GW / GSW (Essen)  branch libraries each have a PC for the visually impaired which is equipped with the JAWS and ZOOM programs.

The screen reader program JAWS (Job Access With Speech) uses voice output via the sound card of the PC to display the current screen content (web pages, documents from a word processor). 

The ZOOMText program is a magnification software  In addition to the possibility of enlarging, the color display and contrast setting can also be varied.

The workplaces are located on the ground floor close to the information desks. Registration is required to use the PC. Please make an appointment by e-mail via or by phone using 0203-379-2010 (Duisburg, branch library LK) or 0201-183-3727 (Essen, branch library GW / GSW)."

Special support

People with significant disabilities may apply for a library card that includes extended loan periods.

In addition, lockers are available at special conditions (easy access, extended loan periods). Please contact the library staff at the lending desks.

Do you have more questions?
Are you looking for literature?
Do you need assistance?

Our staff at the information desks in our branch libraries and the contact persons will be happy to help you. Please contact us or use our web form to write us.

If necessary, you can leave your book lists with the staff. We will collect them and place them for you at the lending desk. Individual items can also be fetched right away for you.