Accessible Resources, Spaces and Services

The University of Alberta Libraries is committed to providing a positive library experience to patrons with disabilities, in collaboration with the University’s Accessibility Resources office. Alternate formats of course-related materials may be provided by Accessibility Resources for individuals who are registered with their office.

Accessing Libraries and Library Materials

  • hold button exampleThe UofA Libraries include multiple locations, and individual Library Location pages provide location and contact information.
  • You can place a request for books and other physical materials to be retrieved for you using the ‘Place Hold’ function in the library catalogue, or you can Ask Us for assistance.

Accessibility Software

  • The University of Alberta Libraries has an e-preferred collection policy, and a large proportion of library resources, including books and journals, are available only in online formats.
  • All library locations provide access to Windows workstations with the following software installed:
    • ZoomText: screen magnification software with text-to-speechJaw software logo
    • Kurzweil 3000: text-to-speech software
    • JAWS: text-to-speech software
  • JAWS is also installed on the Windows laptops that are available for borrowing from our libraries.
  • The Mac workstations available in some of our libraries are equipped with proprietary accessibility features.

HathiTrust Digital Library

  • HathiTrust is a partnership of academic and research institutions offering a collection of millions of titles digitized from libraries around the world.
  • UofA students who have a print disability and are registered with Accessibility Resources can receive special access to full-text, digital copies of in-copyright materials found in the HathiTrust Digital Library.
  • Students can use this form to request material, or contact Accessibility Resources to have the material ordered on their behalf.

Additional Services for Users with Visual Disabilities

Edmonton Public Library provides a range of special services and adaptive technologies to support people with visual disabilities, including large print books, DAISY books, and descriptive videos/DVDs with added narration for people with visual disabilities.

As a public library, they also provide access to the Centre for Equitable Library Access (CELA), a service that provides reading materials in accessible formats to people with print disabilities.