Physical Access to Parks Library Building and Collections

For assistance with physical access needs, please call the Space and Stacks Management Unit at 515 294-0444 or inquire at the Circulation Desk, located to your immediate left as you enter the Library's main entrance.

  • Note: During Summer 2019 there will be extensive redesign of the Parks Library Lobby. There will also be construction on most floors during this time as we renovate the men's restrooms, making them fully ADA-complliant. Thus, there will be construction much of the summer. Please consult with staff if you need assistance.

Entering Parks Library

  • Parking available on west side of building (requires permit)
  • Access ramps are located at the Library's main entrance
  • Automatic, electronic eye-activated entry/exit at the Library's main entrance

Elevators

  • Main elevators are located in the Main Lobby, along the west wall of the Lobby.  
    • These elevators lead to the five floors (Lower Level, and Floors 1 through 4) of the newer part of the Library.
  • The elevator for access to the Tiers is located in the Learning Connections Center (First floor, along northeast wall near classroom 134).  
    • This elevator leads to the seven tiers (floors) in the older part of the Library, and also to the five floors of the newer part of the Library.
  • All elevators are labeled with Braille.

Restrooms

ADA-compliant Gender-inclusive single-user restrooms: Parks Library has five new ADA-compliant, gender-inclusive, single-user restrooms on the Lower Level, and Floors 1 (street level), 2, 3, and 4. These restrooms are located immediately north of the central staircase on each of these floors, which means they are very conveniently located. If you have a service animal, use a wheelchair, scooter, walker, need assistance from an aide, or just need or want more space, you'll find there is plenty of room to navigate in these new spacious and comfortable restrooms.

ADA-compliant Women's restrooms: In addition, Parks Library also has four new ADA-compliant Women's multiple-user restrooms on the Lower Level, and Floors 1, 2, 3, and 4.  These are located immediately north of the new ADA-compliant singler user restrooms.  Each of these Women's restrooms includes a larger stall for accommodation purposes, with plenty of room to accommodate wheelchairs, scooters, walkers, an assistant or family member, or service animal. 

ADA-compliant Men's Restrooms: Coming soon! During Summer 2019 there will be construction on most floors during this time as we renovate the men's north restrooms, making them fully ADA-compliant. Thus, there will be construction much of the summer. Please use the Gender-inclusive restrooms during this time.

No restrooms are located in the Tiers or the older parts of the Library building, which are on the extreme east side of the Library building. 

Specific locations of accessible restrooms:

  • Floor 1:  New ADA-compliant and gender inclusive single-user restroom, immediately north of central staircase; New ADA-compliant Women's multiple user restroom, immediately north of the single-user restroom.
    • In addition: Until renovation begins Summer 2019: North men's and women's restrooms are wheelchair accessible, and include 1 stall equipped with grab bars. Note that these older restrooms may be a bit difficult to navigate. When renovations begin, these restrooms may be out of service. Those needing men's restrooms should use the Gender-inclusive restrooms during this time.
  • Floor 2:  New ADA-compliant and gender inclusive single-user restroom, immediately north of central staircase; New ADA-compliant Women's multiple-user restroom, immediately north of the single-user restroom 
    • In addition: South men's and women's restrooms are wheelchair accessible, and include 1 stall equipped with grab bars. Note that these older restrooms may be a bit difficult to navigate.
  • Floor 3:  New ADA-compliant and gender inclusive single-user restroom, immediately north of central staircase; New ADA-compliant Women's multiple-user restroom, immediately north of the single-user restroom 
    • In addition: South men's and women's restrooms are wheelchair accessible, and include 1 stall equipped with grab bars. Note that these older restrooms may be a bit difficult to navigate.
  • Floor 4:  New ADA-compliant and gender inclusive single-user restroom, immediately north of central staircase; New ADA-compliant Women's multiple-user restroom, immediately north of the single-user restroom 
    • In addition: South men's and women's restrooms are wheelchair accessible, and include 1 stall equipped with grab bars. Note that these older restrooms may be a bit difficult to navigate.
  • Elevator access to restrooms:  From the main elevators, you will find the new ADA-compliant single-user and Women's multiple-user restrooms located along the east wall and immediately north of the central staircase.The older accessible restrooms on Floors 2, 3, and 4 are all located within close proximity of the Library's main elevators located along the west wall.

Note that restrooms on Floor 1 are the busiest in the Library and tend to be very crowded repeatedly throughout the day. ADA-compliant and accessible restrooms on Floors 2, 3, and 4 may be better choices for this reason.

Renovating the Men's older restrooms in Parks Library and making them fully ADA-compliant will begin in Summer 2019! Until then, please do use the single-user gender inclusive restrooms in the building. Enjoy!

Water Fountains & Bottle Filling Stations

  • Accessible drinking fountains and bottle filling stations are located on Floors 1, 2, 3, and 4 within close proximity of the Library's main elevators located along the west wall.

Wheelchair Accommodations

  • Restrooms accommodating wheelchairs are located on all floors except Lower Level
  • Wheelchair available at Circulation Desk
  • Free campus-use phone at wheelchair height located on Lower Level near central staircase
  • Library workstations at wheelchair height
    • Located in Main Lobby along glass wall, north
    • and the Media Center (located on Lower Level)

Evacuation Procedures

If you are unable to evacuate the Library via the stairs or are with someone who is unable to use the stairs, go to the nearest enclosed stairwell.  Tell anyone where you are and give them the stairwell and floor location on which you are located.  If you were given information about a location of a person who is unable to use the stairs, immediately report this information to library staff at the command center near the east door of Atanasoff. Library staff then will notify emergency personnel (DPS, Fire, and/or Medical) of the location and arrange for the person's departure from the building.