Some advice from the campuses of Goethe University
Since the individual institutions and departments of the university are located on different, distant campuses, it is likely that you will have to change campuses during your day at university. Please consider the time it will take you to get from one location to another other when planning your schedule, especially if a change in location is a time-consuming challenge for you, e.g. due to a mobility impairment. The counsellors for students with chronic health impairments and disabilities will assist you with any questions and help you find viable solutions.
Laboratory work is an essential part of the curriculum for many subjects, especially the natural sciences. This may pose additional difficulties for persons with health impairments. At present, most of Goethe University's laboratories do not yet comply with accessibility standards: in particular, users with mobility impairments are likely to encounter barriers. This state of affairs is admittedly far from the standards we aspire to.
If you have any accessibility requirements of this kind, please contact the counsellors for students with chronic health impairments and disabilities or the person in charge of your course of studies as soon as possible. The university will try to arrange matters for you within the scope of its powers and practical possibilities.
In the past, a range of individual solutions has been found in close cooperation with the students concerned, allowing them to work in the laboratories regardless of their impairments.
Working-Space for Students with (Visual) Impairments
Goethe University provides designated working spaces for people with assistance needs, especially staff and students with visual or mobility impairments. One working space (“Arbeitsraum") is located in the Library for Social Sciences and Psychology (BSP, Psychologie und Sozialwissenschaften), in the PEG Building. A further room is to be found in the Library for Natural Sciences (BNat, Naturwissenschaften), 1st floor (1.OG), Otto-Stern-Centre (Otto-Stern-Zentrum).
These working spaces provide height-adjustable tables, as well as equipment specifically intended for visually impaired users: this includes a desktop computer equipped with special soft- and hardware (“Blinden-PC") ,according to current German Standards (Last updates: 2019 for BSP and 2021 for BNat), and a magnifying device (in BSP).
As a rule, the rooms may be used by persons with impairments and disabilities and their assistants without prior notice. To get access, please contact the lending or information counters of the library you wish to use. For further details or to request information on booking the working spaces in advance, please contact the libraries.
Arbeitsraum für Studierende mit Behinderung BSP
Bibliothek Sozialwissenschaften und Psychologie (BSP)
60323 Frankfurt am Main
Tel.: 069 798 35122
Service Hours: Mondays till Fridays 8 to 22 h, Saturdays 10 to 18 h.
Arbeitsraum für Studierende mit Behinderung BNat
Bibliothek Naturwissenschaften (BNat)
60438 Frankfurt am Main
Tel.: 069 798 49105
Service Hours: Mondays till Fridays 8 to 20 h, Saturdays 10 bis 16 h.