Library Week: Adaptive Technology Centre

Friday, October 21, 2022

Libraries are a place where everyone should feel welcome and be able to easily access the information, resources and support needed to be successful in their learning and research. In order to serve our diverse campus community, the Library has created the Adaptive Technology Centre (ATC) to enhance the educational experience for those that need it.

 Adaptive Technology Centre Michael Clarke and Ryan Ball, two members of the Library’s Accessibility Services team, share more about how the Adaptive Technology Centre helps students. 

Who is the primary user of this service?  

Everyone and anyone is welcome. The Adaptive Technology Centre, and Library Accessibility Services, is oriented towards “Accessibility for All,” with the understanding that not everyone has or needs an accommodation, but that everyone has diverse learning needs and deserves to have a place that is a little quieter, a little calmer, and where you can focus. 

How does this service help library users?  

The ATC is where you can find hardware, software, and support oriented towards relieving the stresses that come from getting your work done. Students with any level of accessibility needs will find in the ATC a sensory-friendly environment, empathy, and assistance. Private study rooms with dimmable lights for those that need to be by themselves. Technology that make accessing and understanding information easier. Access to staff that can provide personalized assistance for ensuring that your time in the Library and at the University of Waterloo is a success.  

What is your number one tip to users to get the most out of this service?  

Reach out to us at, and find out more about the full scope of services we offer. Book a tour, have a conversation with a member of the Library Accessibility Services staff, and know that you are welcome in the ATC. 

Follow along all week as we spotlight more services and resources the Library provides to the campus community. And be sure to follow us on social media to keep up to date with all our latest news! 

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