Requests for Accommodation
Library staff can provide accommodation in the following ways:
Extending a Loan Period
Assistance with Scanning
How do I request accessible services at the AC Library?
For Immediate Requests
Ask at the Library Front Desk for immediate requests such as the following:
Retrieving items from the shelf when you are in the Library.
Extending the loan period of an item if it is not in high demand.
Assisting with a limited amount of photocopying.
Note you may also place a hold on an item 24 hours in advance and then the item will be at the Front Desk.
For More Complex Requests
Send an email for more complex requests, such as the following:
Retrieving a large number of items to be ready for you. (Please include the titles and Call numbers of the items required.)
Requesting an extended loan period for your material.
Obtaining assistance with a large amount of photocopying.
Send an email to:
Available on Reserve for Use in the Library:
MATIAS Half keyboard
OPTELEC Compact mini pocket size video magnifier
Maxwell Mac Link large print keyboard
Sound cancelling headphones
Spirit Book2net scanner (scan/enlarge and save to your own data key in OCR format)
Available Online for Use College-Wide:
Read and Write Gold : https://www.algonquincollege.com/byod/readwritegold/
Read & Write Gold is a a text reading and writing program designed to assist students and staff with reading and writing disabilities. It features text support, voice dictation and more
Centre for Accessible Learning (CAL):
The Centre for Accessible Learning has a range of services and supports to ensure our students have equal access at Algonquin College.
At Algonquin College, accessibility is fundamental to our core values of caring, learning, integrity and respect. On this website you will find:
Other Accessibility Services
Transcription and Alternative to Print Services: The Accessible Print-Based Service (APBS)
APBS helps you acquire print-based course materials and textbooks in the format you need, such as accessible digital text (works with software to read aloud), large print, Braille, etc. If you need APBS, contact the CAL as early as possible, as this service takes time.
Alternate format textbooks, accessible media for the classroom, and educational resources such as notes and test requests may be made through the Centre for Accessible Learning (CAL).
The Centre for Equitable Library Access (CELA): https://celalibrary.ca/
CELA is a public library service for people who cannot read print due to a disability. Of interest to our faculty would be the Educator Access Program which gives teachers and access to CELA’s full collection and services on behalf of their students who have difficulty reading print due to a print disability. CELA Educator Access includes a free organizational membership for your school to Bookshare, the world’s largest online library of accessible books.
Accessibility and Usability in Cengage Educational Materials
Films on Demand (Streaming Video): Many of FODs videos support closed captioning. If it’s available for the specific title that you are viewing, you’ll see a “Turn CC On” button in the upper right hand of the video player. Click on this button to toggle captions on/off.