CATS Campus Location
We are located at L212 on the second floor of Mills Library near to elevator two, left of the LAS office through the keycard-accessible door.
Accessibility and Accommodation
- A quiet conversation area near the entry area, silent study in the back
- An aquarium
- Many private study booths, including automated height-adjustable tables.
- Through our service desk, we can offer library book renewal
- Sound-dampening couches for partial isolation
- Games, puzzles, knitting kits, and other de-stressors (If you knit, you can also contribute to our volunteer knitting/crocheting project with the Warm Hope Squares Program).
Also, from our service desk within CATS, we loan the following items:
- NEW: Borrow our Microsoft's Adaptive Mouse system. Dozens of configurations available with components we own, or we are happy to 3D print any components to make your interface as comfortable as possible.
- Access to a desk scanner (users can scan documents and make them accessible with Adobe Pro)
- A BOOX Concussion monitor/tablet (low contrast, no-flicker viewing surface for those with migraines, ADHD, concussions, etc.) - similar screen to an ebook
- A MAC laptop preloaded with Read & Write, Adobe Pro, JAWS, and Dragon Dictate
- A PC laptop preloaded with Kurzweil 3000, ZoomText 11, Adobe Pro, and JAWS 18, as well as the standard complement of PC software found on Library Computers
- CCTV: used to magnify print documents which are displayed on a screen. The colour of the letters and the background can be adjusted to the user’s preference.
- Motorized Height-Adjustable tables with programmable height settings, all with HDMI-cabled monitors.
- Headset with microphone
- Livescribe EchoPen
- Magnifying glasses, sheets, and bars
- Various computer adaptors and accessories
We ask that CATS patrons be mindful of other users' auditory or isolation needs by observing the following restrictions:
- As a quiet study space, we require that sound levels be kept to a minimum while you enjoy our area
- Please be considerate and take part in phone or video calls outside of CATS.
- Non-registered guests are not permitted into CATS as we have limited space and want to ensure everyone's privacy.
- While consuming beverages is permitted, the consumption of food is not while in the space because of food allergies.
- If you move furniture, please return it to its original position.
- To provide a safe space for all patrons, everyone is encouraged but not required to wear a mask to protect those who are immunocompromised or medically fragile.
How to Register
Our CATS space is only available to students who have formally registered with SAS. Registered users of SAS may stop by the LAS office, L212/C, to register for their own keycard or fill out this form to request access (or use the tab on the side of this page). Otherwise, you may contact the Coordinator for LAS, Nancy Waite or phone to make an appointment at
In the fall of 2018, Mills Library opened the doors to our new Assistive Technology Lab and was named our Campus Accessible Tech Space (or CATS) shortly after that through a student naming contest. We seek to provide equitable resources, facilities, and services to foster dignity and independence for members of McMaster University.