The Mervyn H. Sterne Library at the University of Alabama
at Birmingham welcomes all patrons and is committed to
providing everyone accessibility to Library materials, programs,
The Sterne Library makes every effort to accommodate requests
from persons with disabilities. If your disability is not apparent,
please identify yourself when you seek assistance.
If you are a UAB student, you may wish to register with
Disability Support Services
at (205) 934 - 4205.
The Mervyn H. Sterne Library may be reached by a ramp
located at the Thirteenth Street South entrance, from
the Fourteenth Street sidewalk, or by an elevator
located in the Education Building.
Both Library entrances have
Inside the Library, all three floors
may be reached by an elevator in the center of the building.
Library hours are posted on our
The Sterne Library has two
adaptive workstations, equipped
with several technologies, on the
first floor. Instructions for using
the technologies are next to the
workstations or can be requested
at the Information/Reference Desk.
Headsets are located at the Reference Desk.
Dragon Speech Recognition
Dragon enables students to talk
to their computers and watch their
spoken words appear with up to 99% accuracy.
JAWS (Job Access with Speech) for Windows
A complete screen-reading program allowing
efficient access to the Windows desktop and
to all standard applications, including the Internet.
Kurzweil Speech to Text
A text-to-speech reading software program
to support students across disciplines in
reading, writing, and test-taking accommodations.
An Optical Character Recognition (OCR) program
that enables access to printed materials.
It works in conjunction with the scanner
and reads back scanned materials.
A sophisticated, yet simple, screen
magnification product with some speech
output, if desired.
Sterne Library has two adaptive workstations.
Computers and Printers
Most computers in Sterne Library are of
ADA-compliant height and require users to
log in with a BlazerID and password.
Wireless for all users is available through the UABStartHere network. UAB students, faculty, and staff should use the UABSecure network.
If you require assistance using the
printers, someone from the Reference Desk will help you.
If needed, you may pick up your printouts at a later time.
Wheelchair-accessible carrels are available on the second
and third floors for short- or long-term checkout. Carrels
can be checked out for three-hour periods at the Circulation Desk
with a valid BlazerID.
To apply for a long-term carrel, you will
need to complete an application
and take it to the Circulation Desk.
If the Library stacks are inaccessible,
please contact Circulation (934-4338) for assistance from Library staff.
If needed, you may pick up your materials at a later time.
The Mervyn H. Sterne Library's web site provides many
services from your computer.
- Ask Us
If you need help, use the "Ask Us" link
from any page on our web site. You can call,
chat (IM), or e-mail a librarian.
- Material Renewal
You can renew your materials over the phone or online.
The phone number of the Circulation Department is
(205) 934 - 4338. Online, you can renew your materials
through the "My Account" link from any
page on our web site.
- Interlibrary Loan
If Sterne Library does not have the material you
need, you can request it through Interlibrary Loan.
As long as you are a UAB faculty, staff, or student,
we will attempt to get the material for you.
More information about Interllibrary Loan.
Other services at the Mervyn H. Sterne Library for
faculty, staff, and undergraduate
students can be found on our website.
are on all three floors
to the right and the left of the central elevators.
In case of fire, staff will offer to assist disabled patrons.
If it is impossible for a patron to leave or be assisted out
of the building, that patron should move to the emergency
stairwells in the north wing of the building.
The emergency stairwells are fire safe up to ninety minutes.
The situation will be reported to the Director and to a member
of the fire or police department.
Disability Support Services
Disability Support Services is the
central campus resource for students
with disabilities. They will work with you
to ensure that you receive accommodations
that are appropriate for you.
Handicap public and student parking spaces are available
near the Mervyn H. Sterne Library. Student parking requires
a permit. More information on registering for a UAB handicap
space is on the
Parking and Transportation Website.