Disability Services at the Law Library

The Law Library is committed to principles of equal access to those with disabilities, including research assistance, services for those with physical disabilities, and services for those with print disabilities.

UCI Disability Services Center (DSC)

If I'm a law student, do I have to register with DSC?

Maybe. Some Law Library services for students with disabilities—such as scanning services and extended loan periods—require registration with DSC (Disability Services Center) so that disabilities can be documented.

DSC offers a wide range of services for UC Irvine students with disabilities that are individually tailored to the needs of each student. Contact DSC at (949) 824-7494, TDD: (949) 824-6272, disability.uci.edu.

General Questions

Who can I contact with questions about disability services at the Law Library?
  • Jeff Latta, the Access Services Manager, is the Law Library's disability services liaison. 
  • If you need help with library material, you should email the disability services liaison to set up an appointment.
  • Drop-in requests are welcome and every effort will be made to assist students who request assistance during operating hours. But advance notice guarantees staff availability for larger requests.
What kind of help does the Law Library provide for students with disabilities?
  • We help get books from shelves, and can help with getting around the Law Library. Please contact Access Services Manager Jeff Latta, our disability services liaison, if you need significant or ongoing assistance.
  • We provide longer check-out periods for reserves. You need to register with DSC to use this service.
  • We can scan portions of books. You need to register with DSC to use this service.
  • We can reserve a study room for working with readers, as long as we are given the exact time. Study rooms are not guaranteed without advance notice. 
  • We provide research help. See the section on "Research Services," below.
How does the adaptive technology in the Law Library work?
  • The Law Library has a variety of adaptive technologies. These include hardware such as larger screens, and software such as document-reading programs.
  • Law Library staff receive general training on the adaptive technology, such as turning equipment on and off and providing basic troubleshooting. But DSC takes care of questions about equipment and software that go beyond the basics. 
  • If you need to use adaptive technology, Library staff can make sure that you're given priority for adaptive workstations.
How does the scanning service work?

Self-scan option. If you prefer to scan yourself, scanners are available in the Law Library. You can also check out books that circulate, and bring them to DSC for scanning.

If you want to use the Law Library scanning service, here's how it works:

  • You tell us what you need. Help us easily identify what you need by including:
    • Full citation (including author, title, journal, edition, year of publication, etc.)
    • Call number
    • Exact pages to be copied
    • Deadline
  • We get it and scan it. Law Library staff retrieve items from any UCI library, and scan the pages you specify. We also scan pages from ILL books. (ILL restrictions apply.)
    • We do not scan entire books. But students with print disabilities can check out Law Library reserves for an extended period. If you're late, standard fees still apply.
  • Eligible items. Items can't also be available in an accessible electronic format.
  • Turnaround. Most retrieving and scanning will be done in a week, but larger requests can take longer. Scanning requests are handled in the order they are received.
  • Format. We provide a pdf copy of scanned pages. If you need to convert the pdf to a different format, DSC can help.
Are all online Law Library resources accessible?

No. The Law Library seeks to make all of the content that we control accessible. However, most aspects of the Law Library’s online catalogs and online research databases are operated by businesses that the Library does not control. If you encounter problems when using the Library’s online resources that are due to incompatibility with assistive technology, please report your experience to Ellen Augustiniak, the Research Law Librarian for Web Services


How do reserves (course reserves, general reserves, sample exams, etc.) work?
  • Students with documented print disabilities have extended loan periods for reserve materials. Standard late fees still apply if the extended loan period is exceeded
  • Students can ask us to scan portions of reserve material by contacting the disability services liaison.
  • Accessible versions of sample exams are provided by faculty assistants.
How do I get an accessible version of a required reading?
DSC can provide accessible versions of required reading, such as case books. DSC requires a receipt for this service. 
    How do I get an accessible version of a supplemental reading?
    We can provide an extended loan period for Law Library books, and we can also scan specific pages upon request.

      Research Services

      Who can I contact with questions about a research project?
      • In-depth research help. If you need research assistance on long-term or in-depth research projects, you can email refdesk@law.uci.edu to request a meeting with a research librarian.
      • Quick research help. If you need quick reference assistance, you can come to the reference desk during normal reference hours, or make an appointment with a research librarian in advance. 
      • Students with visual impairments can work with Ellen Augustiniak, the Research Law Librarian for Web Services
      What kind of help is available for research projects?
      Research librarians can:
      • help students develop a research strategy, identify relevant sources, generate search terms, and help with general problem solving. Students do independent research after receiving instruction.  This includes reviewing results and identifying necessary resources.
      • make recommendations about specific resources and materials, but will not make decisions on the exact articles, books, and other sources to use. 
      • read over basic tools, such as indexes and tables of contents.
      • help you work with our Access Services staff to reserve a study room for working with readers, as long as we are given the exact time. Study rooms are not guaranteed without advance notice.