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Library Accessibility Services

Working in co-operation with Accessibility Services, the Library provides research and library services to students with disabilities. If you have any questions about the accessibility or use of the Library, including its services and resources, please contact Desmond Maley, the liaison librarian for Accessibility Services.

Accessible Formats

Requests for textbooks or media in accessible formats are filled by Accessibility Services. Requests for accessible versions of printed materials from the Library's collection (books, journals, newspapers, and magazines) should be directed to Desmond Maley. An excellent option for obtaining library books in accessible formats is the Accessible Content E-Portal (ACE), a service from Scholars Portal, which provides online access to library books at Ontario universities in five different accessible formats. Information about the service is given in the ACE guide for students. Contact Accessibility Services or Desmond Maley on how to access the ACE collection. 

Low Distraction Study Space

Three private study rooms (for one person) are available at the library for daily use by students registered with Accessibility Services. The first time only, students will be asked to present at the Library Assistance desk their Accommodations document from Accessibility Services. The information about the accommodation will then be noted in the student's library user record.

Dedicated PC
There is a dedicated desktop PC with programs including Read & Write 9, Kurzweil, and Inspiration 7.5 (English and French versions). The PC is located just outside Room J-255 at the Centre for Academic Excellence.

Library and Research Assistance

Tours of the Library are available by appointment for students who wish to familiarize themselves with the library and its services. The Accessibility Services Librarian is available by appointment for consultations such as developing research strategies and accessing the library's resources. Please contact Desmond Maley for further information.

Retrieval of Material

Library Staff can arrange the retrieval of material from the Library's stacks. If possible, please provide a list of the books or items required in advance by emailing Desmond Maley.


Assistance in photocopying or scanning is available. Please ask at the Library User Assistance desk.

Assignment Calculator

The Assignment Calculator is a time management tool that breaks down research assignments into a series of steps, while providing expert tips. Enter the assignment start date and due date to get planning, We recommend the calculators at the University of Toronto and Queen's University.