Accessibility at the Wyndham Robertson Library at Hollins University

The Wyndham Robertson Library strives to create accessible spaces and to provide equitable services and research assistance to the Hollins community. We encourage users who identify as having a disability to contact the library staff at library@hollins.edu for more information about the resources detailed below.

The Building

Parking is available in the visitor lot located along the campus loop, located to the northeast of the library. The parking lot includes two handicap spots and is wheelchair accessible.

An accessible entrance with a push-button entry is located on the ground floor of the library, next to the book-drop box, and it leads to an elevator with access to all floors. The elevator includes braille blocks to help visually impaired users select the appropriate floor.

There are ADA accessible single-stall restrooms available on each floor of the library.

Wheelchair accessible water fountains are available on every floor of the building.

The third floor of the library is a quiet floor beginning at 6 pm.

Assistive Technology

Narrator is a text-to-speech app that is available on all desktop computers in the library.

Book Retrieval

We are happy to pull print material for users with disabilities. For immediate retrieval of materials at the Wyndham Robertson Library, users should ask for assistance at the first floor Check Out Desk.

Users with disabilities can also have privileges added to their library account so that they can request material from the Wyndham Robertson Library online through OneSearch.* Requested items will be pulled within 24 hours and users will receive an email in their Hollins account when the items are available to pick up at the Check Out Desk. Please contact Karen Ryan, Circulation Coordinator (ryankj@hollins.edu or 540-362-6090), or Rebecca Seipp, Assistant University Librarian (seipprl@hollins.edu or 540-362-6328), to set-up your account.

*Note that all Hollins users can use the “request” feature in OneSearch to have material from Roanoke College, the HU Library Annex, and the Hollins Music Library pulled and delivered to our main library.

Online Resources

In addition to the screen reading software available on our desktop computers, many of our databases include assistive technology. Examples include:

  • Text to speech for EBSCO articles with HTML.
  • Closed captioning is available through our streaming films databases (Kanopy & Films on Demand).
  • Most databases provide the ability to download articles as PDFs that are readable by text-to-speech programs.

The library also works to keep our website accessible through periodical audits, where we ensure alt-text is provided for images and use online tools to check for color contrast, broken links, and overall compliance with ADA recommendations.

For assistance with online resources, please contact James Miller, Discovery Librarian, at millerjc@hollins.edu or 540-362-6653.

Help From a Librarian

For in-depth assistance, we encourage you to schedule an appointment with a librarian. These appointments can help users learn about the library and our services, provide research assistance, or a combination of both. If you are unable to access the online scheduler, please email library@hollins.edu or ask someone at the Check Out Desk to help you make an appointment.