acessing files outside document root
I am developing an application using tomcat server and most of coding is done using jsp. Now my problem is that I need to access some files that are located outside the "document root".
Suppose i need to access the file /home/usr/img.jpg and if I provide the absolute path in my application to access this file, the program always searches the path inside the document root. So i was wondering is there a way around it that allows access to files outside document root.