• We are committed to serving people with disabilities who use assistive devices to obtain, use or benefit from our goods and services.
  • We will ensure that our designated staff members are trained and familiar with library-supported assistive devices that may be used by customers while accessing our goods or services.
  • We will also ensure that our designated staff members know how to use the following assistive devices available on our premises for customers.


Dana Porter Library

  • Adaptive Technology Centre
    • Hardware and equipment
      • 9 workstations, each with an electronically adjustable table and ergonomic chair
      • 5 PCs with 22-inch monitors
      • 2 flatbed scanners
      • Merlin HD OCR video magnifier
      • Victor Classic digital accessible information system (DAISY) Reader
      • Reading stands, footrests and task lighting available
    • Assistive Software
      • Dragon NaturallySpeaking Preferred - speech-recognition  software that converts dictation into text.
      • Inspiration - visual learning tool that helps develop ideas and organize thinking.
      • Job Access With Speech (JAWS) - screen-reading software that helps people who are blind or have low vision use a computer.
      • Kurzweil 1000 - scan-and-read software designed for people who are blind or with low vision.
      • Kurzweil 3000 - scan-and-read software designed for people with learning disabilities.
      • ZoomText - provides magnification and screen-reading for computer users who have low vision.
  • Dana Porter Circulation Desk
    • Electronically adjustable workstation with computer, in the computer area across from the circulation desk.
    • Pocketalker Pro personal amplification device.
    • UbiDuo 2 wireless chat device.
    • Bose QuietComfort 25 noise-cancelling headphones
    • Pebble HD hand-held magnifiers.
  • Third floor
    • Electronically adjustable workstation with a computer, in the computer area (closest to door to the Sims Reading Room)
  • Sixth floor

Davis Centre (DC) Library

  • Electronically adjustable workstation with a computer, in the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) Information Commons.
  • Optelec ClearView+ video magnifier in study room K.

Witer Learning Resource Centre

  • Two height adjustable workstation (seated and standing heights possible) with computer terminals
  • Headsets
  • Flatbed scanner
  • Group study rooms with computer and plug in for laptops could be booked by persons with disabilities for study space if extra room was required for assistive devices or audio access necessary.

Designated team

What are assistive devices?

  • Assistive devices are devices that are used to assist people in performing a particular task, enabling them to do everyday tasks such as moving, communicating, reading or lifting.
  • Examples of assistive devices are:


  • Assistive devices are an extension of a person's personal space - don't touch, lean, or move the device without the person's permission.
  • If asked, agree to use an assistive device (such as a FM system or communication board). Be sure to ask for directions on its proper use.