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Library Accessibility Services

The Library provides research and library services to students registered with the University's Accessibility Services office. The liaison librarian for Accessibility Services is Dan Scott.

Accessible Formats

Requests for textbooks or media in accessible formats are filled by Accessibility Services.

Library books in accessible formats may be downloaded from the Accessible Content E-Portal (ACE). ACE is a service of the Ontario university libraries' Scholars Portal that provides library books in the following formats:

Format Description
Colour PDF Downloads in this format are provided both for individual chapters (where possible) as well as for the entire book.
Black & white PDF Black & white PDFs are provided at a lower resolution than our colour PDFs, generating a file that is smaller in size. This option may work better for any software that has difficulty handling large file sizes.
DAISY DAISY file downloads are provided in a ZIP format.
Plain text file (TXT) Downloads in this format provide a plain, unstructured text file in the standard TXT format.
ePub This format is a lower resolution XML standard for digital publications and documents. ePubs can be read on your desktop or mobile phone using free e-reader software like FBReaderAldiko (for Android) or Adobe Digital Editions. It is also supported by most popular e-book reading devices including the Sony Reader, BeBook, IREX Reader, iPhone, and the Nook from Barnes & Noble’s.

Further information about ACE is available in their FAQ. To access ACE, have an Accessibility Services advisor contact Dan Scott on your behalf.

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.

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 Dan Scott for further information.

Retrieving Items

Library staff will retrieve items from the Library's shelves for you. Log into Omni, find the item you want, and click Request (next day pickup). You will receive an email when the item is ready to pick up.


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

Assignment Planner

The University of Toronto's Assignment Planner 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 start planning.