Services for people with special needs


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
Digital Library Services
Duisburg campus, LK 130
+49 (0) 203 379 1504


Especially for students with reduced hearing ability

In the Humanities and Social Sciences Library, a portable audio induction loop system 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, headphones are available.

Please make use of this service and contact information services in the Humanities and Social Sciences Library.

If you like, you can also make an appointment:
0201 / 183-3727


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
  • access to the library areas through automatic doors
  • adjustable turnstile, can be opened to pass through
Duisburg campus, BA Library:
  • Bismarckstr. 81
  • accessible to wheelchair users by elevator from the back of the building
  • limited access to the library areas (fire 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
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



Please note!

Currently no wheelchair accessible toilets available in the Humanities and Social Sciences Library

Restoration in the R11 building on the Essen campus

Comprehensive restoration works in the building R11 on the Essen campus are expected to last until spring of 2018.

Due to this, no wheelchair accessible toilet is available in the Humanities and Social Sciences Library. Please use these toilets instead:

  • in the R12 building (close the Café Rosso entrance),
  • in the S07 building (ground floor) or
  • in the V15 building (for example in hallway R on the ground floor).
Essen campus:
  • unfortunately no wheelchair accessible toilet in the MNT Library -
    one toilet is located in the same building (V15), level 0, towards V17, in aisle G
  • one wheelchair accessible toilet on the ground floor of the Medical Libary


PC workstation

The university library provides two workstations for the visually impaired:

In the LK Library (Duisburg) and the Humanities and Social Sciences Library (Essen), there are computers that are equipped with a Microsoft Office TM-software, a 24"-monitor and a keyboard with extra large keys.

The software "ZoomText" is installed on both computers. It can enlarge all screen contents or read them out. Headphones and an additional camera to enlarge text even further are available at the information desk.

Extensive user manuals for both the camera and the ZoomText-software (Version 9.1) are available at the computer. For a short introduction please click Nutzung der Lesehilfen (in German language).

For general support or information on your software please contact the staff at the CIM.


Special support

In some cases people with special needs 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 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.