The Waidner-Spahr library is committed to providing accommodations for patrons with disabilities. In keeping with this commitment, the library provides access to a number of resources, which are designed to aid patrons with disabilities with their academic and professional endeavors. Below is a list of equipment and software accessible to library patrons. For additional information or for support in using these services, please visit the circulation desk on the main level of the library.

  • Adobe Acrobat Reader 10
  • Clearview+ Magnifying System
  • Kurzweil 3000
  • Microsoft Windows 7 Ease of Access Center
  • Ghost Reader
  • Premier To Go

Adobe Acrobat Reader 10

All computers in the library are equipped with Adobe Acrobat Reader 10, which includes a built-in read out loud feature. To have a document read aloud, select the "Read out Loud" option from the view menu. Note: the Adobe read out loud feature is not compatible with PDFs of scanned documents.

Clearview+ Magnifying System

The library’s 19” full-screen magnifying system allows patrons to more easily view small print materials by providing 2.8x-56x magnification. The Clearview+ also incorporates Always-In-Focus technology, an adjustable monitor, and an easy glide reading platform, which facilitates ease of use.

The Clearview+ Magnifying System is located on the upper level of the library.

For more information and video instructions, refer to the manufacturer's website.

Kurzweil 3000

The Kurzweil 3000 is a sophisticated multi-lingual screen reader that incorporates audio and references tools to enhance the learning process. Users of the Kurzweil 3000 may create new documents to be read aloud, or import existing Word files, PDFs or text files. Users also have the option of scanning printed books and documents into the system. Any document with printed text can be read aloud by the Kurzweil, with each word emphasized as it is read. Users can enhance their learning through highlighting, adding notes, and looking up selected words using the Kurzweil 3000’s built-in dictionaries, thesauri and foreign language translators.

Note: Kurzweil 3000 is only accessible to members of the Dickinson College community. To use the Kurzweil software, you must first obtain a username and password from Disability Services, in the Academic Advising Office in Biddle House. See the Disability Services web page for more information about their services, or contact the office via e-mail at disabilityservices@dickinson.edu, or by phone at 717-245-1734.

The Kurzweil 3000 software is located on one Microsoft Windows based PC in the reference area of the library on the main level, behind the Biblio. Earphones can be checked out at the circulation desk. Preference for use of this computer is given to patrons using Kurzweil 3000.

For comprehensive information on how to use the many tools Kurzweil 3000 has to offer, there are instructional videos on the Kurzweil website. If you have any further questions, contact Marni Jones, Assistant Director of Advising, Coordinator of Disability Services, at jonesmar@dickinson.edu.

Microsoft Windows 7 Ease of Access Center

Microsoft Windows 7 is the current operating system installed on PCs in the library. Windows 7 includes several built-in Ease of Access features designed for patrons with disabilities. These features include: screen magnification, an on-screen mouse operated keyboard and a system narrator, which reads aloud any text on the screen.

To access the Ease of Access features in Windows 7, open the control panel and select Ease of Access. Then, open the Ease of Access Center and enable any useful features.

Ghost Reader

Ghost Reader is a screen reading software, which functions with Mac computers and will digitally read aloud PDFs, text files and Microsoft Word documents, highlighting each word as it reads it in one of several voice options. Ghost Reader also enables the user to export text documents to one of several audio files, including iTunes compatible .mp3 files for listening on portable devices or other computers.

Ghost Reader software is available on the two Mac computers located closest to the back wall in the Alden room on the lower level of the library. Note: Ghost Reader software is available only to members of the Dickinson College community.

Premier To Go

Premier To Go provides text-to-speech software on a flash drive that can be checked out from the Circulation Desk by Dickinson College students for use anywhere in the library—either on a library computer or on a personal laptop. Using the screen reader tools on Premier To Go, documents, websites, and emails can be read aloud, translated, summarized, and converted into mp3 audio files. It will read documents in English, Spanish, and French, and can convert PDF files to accessible formats. There are also several programs within Premier To Go that can help users with writing, and studying. The ten tools included in the Premier To Go software, are can be found on the product features page of the Reading Made EZ website, An easy-to-follow guide to its use and features is provided to those who check out Premier To Go. The loan period is 2 hours.

Additional Information

For more information regarding Disability Services at Dickinson College, visit the Disability Services website or contact Marni Jones, Assistant Director of Advising, Coordinator of Disability Services, at jonesmar@dickinson.edu.