Library Accessibility Services

Today's Hours: 8am - 10pm - All service hours

Library Accessibility Services (LAS) provides adaptive software and technology supports 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.

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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.

Adaptive software and technology instruction

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

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

  • Kurzweil 3000

    Read scanned and digital documents using text-to-speech with simultaneous highlighting. The software also includes advanced annotation and brainstorming tools. All students have free access to Kurzweil 3000 while attending the University of Guelph.   

  • Dragon Naturally Speaking, Professional

    Use speech to create written documents and operate your computer hands-free.

  • Jaws

    A powerful screen reading program that operates in all Windows applications.

  • Mindomo

    A visual thinking program that enables you to brainstorm and organize assignments, work in groups, assign tasks, set due dates and create visual presentations.

  • Sonocent Audio Notetaker

  • ​A note-taking program that enables users to capture and annotate lecture audio using a range of tools, add lecture slides and review notes with text-to-speech.

  • Zoomtext Extra!

            A highly customizable screen magnification and read-back program for the Windows operating system.

Digital recorders, smart pens, and tablet loans

Registered SAS students can borrow digital recorders, smart pens, and tablets for 1-2 week loans. Contact LAS staff for more information. 

The library is committed to ensuring that members of our user community with disabilities have equal access to our services and resources and that their dignity and independence is always respected. If you encounter a barrier and/or need an alternate format, please fill out our Library Print and Multimedia Alternate-Format Request Form. Contact us if you’d like to provide feedback: