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About the Evans Library

About the Evans Library

Personal Services

Personal Services/Library Instruction

Patrons with disabilities are encouraged to contact a librarian with questions regarding using the Evans Library or coordinating a research strategy. Librarians can provide one-on-one assistance in a convenient manner and location. 

Faculty requesting formalized library instruction or information literacy classes in which accommodations need to be provided for students with disabilities should contact the Library Director Daniel Towne (; 518-736-3622 x8050) prior to the session.

Copying, Scanning, and Printing

Staff at library Circulation Desk will assist library users with disabilities making copies or scanning documents on public copiers/scanners in their area.

Request Alternate Format

The Evans Library will provide alternate formats to qualifying individuals of library owned or licensed materials or InterLibrary Loan materials. Please see staff at the Circulation Desk for more information.


Captioned resources or transcripts for media recording are available for all library resources as is indicated in the products VPAT. If not, the materials will be borrowed via Resource Sharing services.  If not available from another library, the library staff will work with the vendor/publisher and campus accessibility staff to provide captioned materials or transcripts upon request.

Accessibility Policy & Contact Information

The Evans Library is dedicated to offering accommodations and access to resources for patrons with disabilities. Patrons seeking assistance are encouraged to learn about our services in the sections below.

For further assistance or questions regarding library accessibility, please contact Library Director Daniel Towne (, 518-736-3622 x8051).

For information about campus-wide accessibility, please contact the Coordinator of Accessibility Services Robin DeVito ( 518-736-3622 x4760) to understand how we can best serve your specific needs. Additional information is also available on the campus page Students with Disabilities.

Accessibility Services at the Evans Library

Physical Accessibility

 Access to the Evans Library begins in campus parking lot 5.                 FM Parking Lot 5

Access to Evans Library from Parking Lot 5

A ramp out of that parking lot
provides entry into the
Evans Library lobby.

Once inside the Evans Library, an elevator provides access
to both floors.

Evans Library Elevator
Evans Library Electronic Door Opener

Entrance into the Evans Library can be obtained using the
electronic door opener.

Accessible counter at the Circulation Desk  



Library services are located exclusively on the second floor

Adjustable desks, powered laptop workstations and computers stations designed for wheelchair accessibility can be found throughout the library.

An area of emergency evacuation assistance is available on the second floor, along with a Garaventa Evacu-chair.

 Assistive Technology  - is available in the Library and includes but is not limited to:

 - text-to-speech readers in databases (all PCs)

  *Also available upon request and with advance notice: Daisy players, JAWS, DragonSpeak, Ubi Duo, Kurzweil, and a reading pen. Additional service requests (i.e. Sign Language interpreters) can be directed to Robin DeVito (  518-736-FMCC (3622) x4760).

VPATs - Database accessibility documentation

The Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT) is a document which evaluates how accessible a particular product is according to the Section 508 Standards*. It is a self-disclosing document produced by the vendor which details each aspect of the Section 508 requirements and how the product supports each criteria.

The following list contains VPATs containing accessibility information for the Evans Library databases. When you click a link, a pdf (or docx file) will be downloaded to your computer/device.

If you have any questions about these items, are having difficulty accessing the VPATs, or have any questions about library accessibility, please contact the library ( or call 51.8736.3622 x8058.

*Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act (29 U.S.C. § 794d), as amended by the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 (P.L. 105-220) requires federal agencies to develop, procure, maintain and use information and communications technology (ICT) that is accessible to people with disabilities - regardless of whether or not they work for the federal government

      Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy  - VPAT pending