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Library Books in Alternate Format

This service is available to students, staff and faculty with a documented print disability.

The Library provides access to a wide collection of e-books.

If you need a library book but it is only available in print format, we can request that it be digitized through the ACE repository.

ACE: Accessible Content E-Portal

ACE is a repository of accessible format texts available to users with print disabilities at participating Ontario Council of University Libraries (OCUL) institutions. 

  • The repository is a good resource for searching for print library material that has already been digitized. Alternate formats include PDF, DAISY, TXT and ePUB.
  • You can also request that material be scanned and added to the repository.
  • You will need a unique token (password) to use the ACE repository. Tokens are available from the library by contacting Carol Tennant, and are valid for one academic year.

Canadian Copyright Act and persons with disabilities

A print disability or a “perceptual disability” is defined under the Canadian Copyright Act, as:

… a disability that prevents or inhibits a person from reading or hearing a literary, musical, dramatic or artistic work in its original format, and includes such a disability resulting from

a.      severe or total impairment of sight or hearing or the inability to focus or move one’s eyes,

b.      the inability to hold or manipulate a book, or

c.     an impairment relating to comprehension.