Library Building Accessibility Assessment

October 11, 2023, 2pm PDT

Recording in YouTube
Presentation slides (Google slides)


How can you determine if your physical spaces are accessible to users with disabilities? Do you feel overwhelmed when considering how to begin assessing accessibility in buildings? In this presentation, we will review several areas to inspect for common accessibility barriers, as well as some straightforward solutions. For barriers that require planning or significant expense, we will also discuss how to compose an accessibility assessment report to document your findings and assist in long-term planning.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this presentation, learners will be able to: 

  • Conduct a basic accessibility walkthrough of their facilities
  • Identify common accessibility barriers
  • Prepare an accessibility assessment report to document and share their findings.


Andy Andrews serves as the Assistant Director of Academic Services for the Disability Resources for Students office at the University of Washington, where he is responsible for managing the integration of classroom accommodations and enhancing the accessibility of course materials through dynamic remediation processes. In his previous role, he held the position of Accessibility Coordinator at the UW Libraries and also co-chaired the UW Libraries Accessibility Working Group.

Hana Levay is the Collection Assessment Librarian at the University of Washington. She has also been a member of the UW Libraries Accessibility Working Group since 2018, and has co-chaired the group for several of those years. She focuses on web accessibility assessment as well as general library collection assessment.