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Library Resources for Penn Staff: Accessibility

An guide to library resources and services of general interest to staff at Penn.

Need a better way to study?

Photograph of computer stations in the Butler Assistive Technology Room. 

Welcome to the Butler Room!

  • Like audiobooks? Why not have your Canvas readings read to you?
  • Have writer's block?  Try dictating your thoughts out loud!
  • Need a break? Mark's Cafe is conveniently located just around the corner.
  • Too much distraction? Enjoy a quiet private space to enhance focus. 


Interested in learning more or have questions? Read more at or contact ALT.


Located on the ground floor of the Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center and a collaborative effort between the Weigle Information Commons and the Weingarten Learning Resources Center (VPUL), the Butler Room is reservable online. After confirming your reservation, you can pick up the room key at the Van Pelt Circulation desk.We'll also consider special requests for recurrent bookings.

Equipment and Software

The Butler Room includes an iMac and a PC desktop, a scanner, assistive software and a video magnifier. 

Software includes:

  • Speech-to-Text: Dictate and transcribe your writing to both iMac and PC computers using Dragon software.
  • Text-to-Speech: JAWS is a powerful screen reader that works for most PC computer applications.
  • Convert and edit your documents without retyping using OCR software using Adobe software.
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