Library Accessibility Services

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Library Accessibility Services (LAS) provides adaptive software, technology access and instruction, study space, and other services designed to help students who are registered with the Centre for Students with Disabilties (CSD) with reading, writing, note-taking and studying.

The Access Lab

The LAS computer lab has workstations on height-adjustable tables, plus additional carrels and tables for quiet study. 

The Access Lab has specialized equipment including: 

  • 8 computers on height-adjustable worktables, equipped with scanners and a full range of conventional and adaptive software
  • A high-speed scanner
  • A printing station
  • A colour CCTV
  • A Braille embosser that can create tactile images
  • A desk-mounted illuminated magnifying glass

Quiet Study Space

Sign out private 6th floor study rooms at the Circulation desk using your CSD card.

*NOTE:  These rooms are for individual use only. They are not to be used for group work.

Alternate Format Material Ordering

LAS staff will search for or create textbooks in alternative format (e.g. audio books, Braille and tactile images, large print, or electronic files).

Reference Help

Receive instruction in using the Library catalogue, the journal databases, or other electronic reference tools by appointment or on a drop-in basis.

Adaptive Software and Technology Instruction

Receive one-on-one training in the use of adaptive software, mobile apps, and equipment by appointment or on a drop-in basis.

The following adaptive software programs are installed on the Access Labs' computers:

  • Kurzweil 1000 and 3000

    Programs that scan and read text for people with visual impairments or other perceptual disabilities.

  • Dragon Naturally Speaking, Preferred

    A program which enables you to create written documents and operate your computer hands-free using speech.

  • WordQ

    A writing support program with read-back, spell-check, and homophone identification tools.

  • Inspiration

    A visual thinking program that enables you to brainstorm, and organize your written work.

  • Zoomtext Extra!

    A screen magnifying and reading program.

  • Jaws

    A screen reading program that operates in all Windows applications.

Digital Recorder, Smart Pen, and Tablet Loans

The LAS has digital recorders, smart pens, and tablets available for CSD-registered students to try for 7-day loans.

Book and Article Retrieval from the Library's Stacks

If you are unable to access the Library's book and journal stacks or use the Library Reserve area, arrange with LAS staff to have material retrieved.

Please provide us with a list of the books and articles you need and give us 24 hours to respond.

*NOTE:  We do not offer this service on weekends and holidays.

Lockers

Apply for a locker at the beginning of each semester. Priority will be given to students with a physical condition that makes it difficult to carry their texts etc. when on campus.