We Are Accessible
Everyone can enjoy our collections, computers, programs and physical spaces.
The Library has automatic entrance doors and elevator access to all levels.
Adaptive Technology in the Community Computing Centre
We can adapt our computers to better suit your physical needs by offering you a variety of special features. Ask staff at the Community Computing Centre on the Lower Level about how to use the following devices:
- A high contrast keyboard
- A screen magnifier
- An ergonomic mouse
- A touchpad (instead of a mouse)
- A trackball mouse (which doesn't require fine motor skills)
Make your home computer easier to use as well. Ability Net's My Computer My Way website shows you how to adapt your keyboard, mouse, Windows, Internet, and favourite applications to suit your needs.
Listening Assistance for those attending our programs
If you're planning to attend a meeting or program in the Welsh Hall, you may choose to take advantage of our listening assistance technology—hearing loops for those with hearing aids and headsets for those without.
To inquire and make arrangements to use this service, please contact the Community Computing Centre at least one day in advance of the event. 604-925-7405.
BrowseAloud - text to speech and other adaptive features on our website
BrowseAloud is a tool that makes our website more accessible. To enable BrowseAloud, click on the orange icon (with headphones) on the bottom left-hand corner of our website.
The icons on the BrowseAloud toolbar each represent a different feature:
Text to speech or read aloud
converts any text you select into an MP3 File that you can use at a later date
Sreen Mask - applies a colour filter to your screen leaving a letter box or a ruler settingbreading window clear, helping you focus on the section you are reading
Simplify - removes pictures, allows you to focus on the text you want to read; summarize the content, print it and read aloud
Settings - choose defaults including which features you want to turn on, highlight and contrast colours, fonts, size of magnified text, speed at which text is read.
Help - provides more informatoin on each feature
(For translation, please use the Google Translate feature on our homepage.)
Large Print Books
Our collection of Large Print books is regularly updated to include the most current, acclaimed and talked about books in all genres of fiction and nonfiction including mysteries, romances and westerns.
We're here to help you find a great read in any edition that suits you—just visit or phone the Information Desk at 604-925-7403.