Assistive Technology in the Library

The DPRC collaborates with the J. Paul Leonard Library to ensure Assistive Technology is widely available to the campus community at all computer labs in the building. 

Assistive Technology for students


Kurzweil, ZoomText, Fusion, and JAWS are currently available on all PCs in the Research CommonsStudy Commons and the Digital Media Studio/MakerSpace. The Mac OS computers in these locations have built-in Assistive Software and you can learn more on Apple's Mac accessibility page. You may log in to these computers using your SF State ID and password. For assistance, please visit the corresponding Help Desks in each lab. 

Enhanced accessible workstations

In addition to the general lab workstations, there are three enhanced accessible workstations at both the Research and Study Commons. These computers are marked with signage and priority is given to students with disabilities. In addition to the assistive software listed below, these workstations have accessible furniture, headsets, and scanners. Please contact the DPRC for the password to these machines.

 Research Commons (2 PCs, 1 Mac)

  • Dragon Naturally Speaking (PC only)
  • Kurzweil 3000 (both PC and Mac)
  • ZoomText (PC only)
  • Fusion (PC only)
  • JAWS (PC only)
  • VoiceOver (Mac only)
  • Zoom (Mac only)
  • Voice Control (Mac only)

Study Commons (3 PCs)

  • Dragon Naturally Speaking
  • Kurzweil 3000 
  • ZoomText
  • Fusion
  • JAWS

Assistive Technology available for student checkout

Laptops with Assistive software 

The Library has assistive software PC laptops available for short-term checkout (4 hour limit). Please make sure you ask for a laptop with assistive software when checking them out at the Research Commons desk. The following assistive software is installed on these laptops:

  • Dragon Naturally Speaking
  • Kurzweil 3000
  • ZoomText
  • Fusion
  • JAWS

For more information on laptop checkout, visit the Library Laptop Checkout page

Noise-canceling headphones

Noise -canceling headphones are available for checkout in limited quantities in both the Research Commons and Study Commons at the corresponding Help Desks in each lab. 

Refreshable Braille Display

A refreshable braille display is available for short-term checkout (4 hours) at the Research Commons front desk. It is a Focus 40 Blue braille display that works over Bluetooth or USB. Instructions for use are available on the Freedom Scientific website.

Assistive Technology for Guest users

Members of the general public can get access to Library computers by signing up for a Guest ID in the Research Commons. Guest computers are located in the Research Commons of the Library. Use is limited to 2 hours per day, per person. These computers have the following assistive software: Kurzweil 3000, ZoomText, Fusion, and JAWS.