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Equity of Access
Rocks in the Whirlpool
written by Kathleen de la Peña McCook, distinguished university professor at University of South Florida, May 2002
Equity of Access - Key Action Area
The Association advocates funding and policies that support libraries as great democratic institutions, serving people of every age, income level, location, ethnicity, or physical ability, and providing the full range of information resources needed to live, learn, govern, and work.
A compilation of a brief history, resources, ADA compliance information.
ADA and Libraries
The minimum required space between the stacks for wheelchair access is 36 inches (see illustration in ADAAG). The space that is preferred – and this word makes the difference -- is 42 inches. The guidelines are somewhat awkwardly worded in this regard, and so the illustration and the text are both needed to make it clear. See the ADA Accessibility Guidelines (ADAAG). Shelf height in stack areas is unrestricted.
You can contact the U.S. Access Board with any questions -- http://www.access-board.gov/contact-us