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Assistive technologies

Vilnius University Library is supplied with assistive technologies. Its premises are adjusted to the special needs of users.

Scholarly Communication and Information Centre (SCIC)

The Centre is located in the newly erected (2013) building and its premises are designed to meet the needs of all uses:

The spaces between the shelves and desks, entrance doors to toilets, rooms for group work, seminar rooms are wider than 80 centimetres. The floor of the entire building is on one level, part of the floor is made of concrete (atrium), reading room floors are covered with carpet.

Both Leisure and Law reading rooms have height-adjustable tables. Self-service facilities as well as information terminals are height-adjustable.

Each floor has toilets for users with special needs. They can reach every floor with the help of the lift.

Braille's Room has a computer with 40 square electronic Braille device supplied with integrated keyboard Esys 40, Braille printer Braille Ebosser Everest-D V4 with acoustic booth and scanner. The computer is supplied with software:

  • Screen magnifier SuperNova Magnifier
  • Digital talking book player EasyReader
  • Software for file conversion EasyConverter
  • Converter into Braille
  • Screen reading programmes JAWS 14 and NVDA (Non Visual Desktop Access)
  • Liepa (RoboBraille services controlled by Lithuanian voice)
  • text-to-MP3 converter Balabolka
  • Microsoft Office 2003 with compatibility package
  • WintalkerVoice v. 1.6 reading all screen information for user in Lithuanian.

Portable video magnifier Aumed AUMAX-LCD-19 is available at Leisure Reading Room. Electronic magnifier can be temporary transported to any other place of the Scholarly Communication and Information Centre, that is to the other reading, seminar or group work room and conference hall.

Users with special needs are provided with:

  • Special computer mouse Traxsys Roller Joystick II designed for people with motoric impairment
  • Special computer mouse Traxsys RollerII, which operates the same way as an electronic wheelchair
  • Keyboard for visually impaired High Contrast Keyboard
  • Crick USB Switch Box for connecting several assistive devices to the computer.
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Braille's Room can be booked in advance through Information Guide or in person at the Information Desk.

Central Library:

The Central Library is situated in the unique architectural ensemble of the 16th century, therefore its premises have many stairs, narrow passages and doors. We hope that friendly help and technological solutions will compensate for these deficiencies:

The Central Library is supplied with a stair lift. The Central Library can be reached through the main entrance to Vilnius University, which at present hasn’t got a stair lift. Users with special needs are provided with a mobile stair climber, which is supplied with additional battery Yack N912 required when transporting user with a wheelchair. If you need to use the stair climber, please contact us by phone (8 5) 268 7007 or (8 5) 268 7147.

Both Philology and Lithuanian Studies reading rooms have height-adjustable tables and ergonomic chairs BIZZI R15K steel 36 chrome.

Self-service facilities as well as information terminals are height-adjustable.

Copy/Print rooms has a computer connected with Braille printer Braille Ebosser Everest-D V4 with acoustic booth and a keyboard for visually impaired High Contrast Keyboard. The computer is supplied with the following software:

  • Screen reading programmes JAWS 14 and NVDA (Non Visual Desktop Access)
  • Liepa (RoboBraille services controlled by Lithuanian voice)
  • text-to-MP3 converter Balabolka
  • Microsoft Office 2003 with compatibility package
  • WintalkerVoice v. 1.6 reading all screen information for user in Lithuanian.

Stationary screen or text magnifiers TOPAZ XL XD 24 are situated in Copy/Print Room and Manuscript Reading Room.
 

Other useful information

Visually impaired users are provided with an access to e-books databases.

Users can also use a free text-to-voice service RoboBraille, which allows the user to upload a text document and receive it voiced.
The users who wish to use this service do not need to register additionally. All they need to do is send a Lithuanian-language text document (either in DOCX or PDF formats) via any of the following emails – regina@robobraille.org; edvardas@robobraille.org; aiste@robobraille.org; vladas@robobraille.org – and they will receive a link to the synthesized audio file to their indicated e-mail address.

For printed or electronic resources on a specific subject or theme please contact your subject librarian.