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 Student Accessibility Services (SAS) with reading, writing, note-taking and studying.
Learn more about how the Library supports accessibility for all users with disabilities.
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:
Students should book online. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to book a room.
*NOTE: These rooms are for individual use only. They are not to be used for group work.
LAS staff will search for or create textbooks in alternative format (e.g. audio books, Braille and tactile images, large print, or electronic files).
Receive instruction in using the Library catalogue, the journal databases, or other electronic reference tools by appointment or on a drop-in basis.
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:
Programs that scan and read text for people with visual impairments or other perceptual disabilities. Students have free access to Kurzweil 3000 scanning/reading software while attending the University of Guelph.
A program which enables you to create written documents and operate your computer hands-free using speech.
A writing support program with read-back, spell-check, and homophone identification tools.
A visual thinking program that enables you to brainstorm, and organize your written work.
A screen magnifying and reading program.
A screen reading program that operates in all Windows applications.
The LAS has digital recorders, smart pens, and tablets available for SAS-registered students to try for 7-day loans.
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.
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.