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Introduction

Raynor Memorial Libraries is committed to making its resources, services, and facilities accessible to everyone in the Marquette community. If you require a type of assistance that is not listed below or have any questions, please stop by any service desk or contact Joan Sommer, Head of Access Services, at (414) 288-1997 or joan.sommer@marquette.edu.

Before You Visit

If you plan to visit Raynor Memorial Libraries and have special needs, we recommend getting in touch in advance. This will allow us to prepare any needed equipment and assure staff availability. While we often can provide assisted services on demand, there are times during open hours when staffing is at a minimum and we may be unable to provide assistance.

If you are a student, we recommend first contacting the university’s Office of Disability Services (707 Building, 707 N. 11th St., room 503; (414) 288-1645 voice/TDD). Staff there will direct you to the appropriate librarians who will help you make the most of library services and resources throughout your stay at Marquette.

If you are not a Marquette student, please contact the Libraries directly:

Joan Sommer
Head of Access Services
(414) 288-1997
joan.sommer@marquette.edu

Accessing Raynor Memorial Libraries

Parking

Handicap parking in university lots can be arranged; inquire with Parking Services directly.

 

Entrance

  • Entry to the building is through Raynor Library. The doors have automatic wheelchair access.
  • Security turnstiles inside the lobby have an accessible auxiliary gate.

 

Elevators

  • Raynor Library: Elevators serve all floors of Raynor Library. Initial access is on the first floor. After entering the security gate turn to the right to reach the elevator bank.
  • Memorial Library: All floors of Memorial Library are accessible by elevator. Elevators are located on the east and west sides of the building.
    • East elevator: Access this elevator from near the circulation desk on the second floor of Memorial Library, just past the bridge between Raynor and Memorial.
    • West elevator: Located at the west end of the second floor of Memorial Library. This elevator does not serve the first floor.
    • Exceptions: Memorial’s fourth-floor lower level (JX 1000 – PQ 6611) is accessible via the east elevator only. Be sure to select the “4L” button to access the lower level of fourth floor.

 

Restrooms

  • Raynor Library: Both women’s and men’s restrooms are to the left of the elevators (as you face them), on all floors. All are wheelchair accessible.
  • Memorial Library: On the second floor, women’s and men’s restrooms are located adjacent to the circulation desk. On the remaining floors of Memorial, they are located on either side of the west elevator. Wheelchair access is available in the second-floor, first floor (east side), and basement-level restrooms.

Finding and Obtaining Resources

Finding Resources

  • The Libraries have a number of ways to search online for the print and electronic resources it makes available, including the catalog, MARQCAT, article databases, and research guides. Assistance with both print and electronic sources is available at the information desk on the first floor of Raynor Library. To ensure staff availability, please make arrangements prior to your visit. Information about obtaining special materials follows below.
    • Closed-captioned videos: View a quick how-to for finding closed-captioned videos in the MarqcatPlus catalog.
    • Large-print materials: If you are Marquette faculty, staff or student, and require large-print materials that are not owned by the Libraries, you may request them using our online interlibrary loan system or by contacting the interlibrary loan office, (414) 288-7257. If available via interlibrary loan, we will attempt to obtain them. 

 

Shelf Access

 

  • Wheelchairs cannot be accommodated in many shelving aisles. If physical challenges prevent you from retrieving needed materials, please ask at the Raynor first-floor Circulation Desk. Alternatively, individuals with a Marquette ID can use the online catalog to place holds on desired items; items requested in this way will be available for pickup at the Raynor first-floor Circulation desk.  Limited to five items. 

Accessing Equipment

  • Computer stations: Many PC and Mac computer stations are located throughout the Libraries. Most are low-height accessible.
  • Copiers/scanners/printers: If you require assistance with the Libraries’ copier/scanner/printer machines, please see the staff at the Raynor information desk.
  • Microform readers/printers: Please see our staff at the Class Reserves/Media Services Desk on the lower level of Raynor if you need assistance with a microform reader/printer.

Study Areas

Raynor Memorial Libraries offer a variety of places to study

Many quiet study spaces are available around both Raynor and Memorial Libraries.

Emergency Evacuation

Fire alarms in both Raynor and Memorial are equipped with strobe lights for hearing-impaired patrons.

Any user with restricted mobility is urged to register at the Circulation Desk upon entering either library. In the event of an emergency, trained staff from the Marquette University Police Department will then be able to assist such users from the building in a timely manner.


In any emergency, DO NOT USE THE ELEVATORS.