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Web Accessibility

The Claremont Colleges Library is committed to ensuring digital accessibility for people with disabilities. We continue to make changes to improve the user experience for everyone and apply the relevant accessibility standards.

The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) defines requirements for designers and developers to improve accessibility for people with disabilities. It defines three levels of conformance: Level A, Level AA, and Level AAA.

Wherever possible, the Claremont Colleges Library will aim to adhere to level AA of the WCAG 2.0 guidelines, which states that sites should be:

  • Perceivable – Information and user interface components must be presentable to users in ways they can perceive.
  • Operable – User interface components and navigation must be operable.
  • Understandable – Information and the operation of user interface must be understandable.
  • Robust – Content must be robust enough that it can be interpreted reliably by a wide variety of user agents, including assistive technologies.

As part of our efforts to achieve WCAG 2.0 AA compliance, we use Monsido as an ongoing monitoring service.

Report a Barrier

We welcome your feedback on the accessibility of the Claremont Colleges Library website. If you have experienced any accessibility barriers while using any part of library.claremont.edu, please let us know:

Email: librarywebmaster@claremont.edu

Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

Learn more about the library’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and the actions we take to put that commitment into practice.

Accessing Physical Collections

Any library patron who needs assistance retrieving any materials from the shelves may request it from a staff member at the Main Services Desk. 

All Gender Restrooms

The Claremont Colleges Library has a single occupant all-gender restroom available on Honnold floor 4. The single occupant restroom includes a urinal and a handicap stall.  

Requests for Materials in Alternative Formats

We strive to make our collections as accessible as possible including purchasing both print and electronic materials. If you encounter a resource in a format that isn’t accessible to you, please reach out to the appropriate subject librarian who will attempt to find the resource in a format that works better for you.

Access for Service Animals

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, service animals accompanying their handler are permitted inside The Claremont Colleges Library building. Emotional support animals are not permitted inside the Library. If you bring an animal into the Library, Library staff may ask you the two following questions as permitted by the Department of Justice:

  1. Is the service animal required because of a disability?
  2. What work or task has the service animal been trained to perform? 

Staff are not allowed to request any documentation for the service animal, require that the service animal demonstrate its task, or inquire about the nature of the person’s disability. 

If you are approached by other library users regarding your approved service animal, please ask for assistance at the Main Services Desk. 

Event Accommodations

The Libraries will provide accommodations, such as American Sign Language interpreters and/or live captioning, for library-sponsored events upon request. Contact our User Experience Manager, David Bolinger for more information or to request an accommodation.

Student Disability Resource Center

The Student Disability Resource Center supports the academic pursuits of students with disabilities across The Claremont College community, including accessible hardware and software and academic accommodations. If you use or are eligible for accommodations, please reach out to the SDRC.