Accessible Library Services
Requesting Alternate Formats
The Library Learning Commons offers services that enable library users who have a disability or are Deaf, deafened and hard of hearing to access library services and resources effectively. Our goal is to make all learning materials and services accessible. Please inform library staff when you experience accessibility barriers and how we can make the library services more accessible to you. You can also provide feedback by phone, email, TTY or by completing the Feedback on Accessibility form on this webpage.
The Library Learning Commons documents are available in alternate formats upon request.
Please ask any of the library staff if you need assistance getting books or reference materials from the shelves. If you need a large number of books, you can email your request to the Coordinator of Library Services: St. James Campus or Casa Loma Campus. In your email, please include the book titles with call numbers. Library staff require 24 hours notice to get a large number of books ready for you to pick up.
Students with disabilities, Deaf, deafened or hard of hearing students have the option of requesting an extended loan period for some books and materials, subject to the demand on the material. For example, 14 day loan materials can be borrowed for up to 28 days with a maximum of 1 renewal of 28 days. However, extended loans do not apply to short term loans such as 7 day, 3 day or 1 day loans (iPads are an exception; iPads can be borrowed for 14 days). You can renew your book by phone, TTY, online or in person. You can take out a maximum of 25 items at the same time. To make a request for an extended loan, send an email to the library coordinator at your campus library and copy your accessibility consultant or professor on this email. You will get a reply email that with instructions on how to obtain the extended loan period. If you expect you will need an an extended loan period for most of your book loans, please make your request by sending an email early in the semester.
St. James Library: Ciaran Megahey email: email@example.com
Casa Loma: Kathy Campbell email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Waterfront: Robert Marshall email: email@example.com
Students at St. James may also obtain a Accessible Learning Services sticker that they can place on their student card. This also can be shown to staff when borrowing books in order to receive an extended loan. To obtain this sticker please make an appointment with the adaptive technologist:
By phone 416 415 5000 x4830, or 1 800 265 2002(toll free), TTY 1.877.515.5559
Library staff will help photocopy items for library users who need assistance. If you need help, ask any library staff or the Coordinator of Library Services: St. James Campus or Casa Loma Campus. You may want to request assistance in advance if you expect to have a lot to photocopy. You must supply your own photocopy card.
All new students are encouraged to find out about the services and resources in their campus Library Learning Commons. Students who prefer a private tour can contact their Program Liaison Librarian to arrange a tour. Tours are available throughout the year. Please inform your librarian in advance about any accommodations you might need for the tour (for example, a sign language interpreter).
Your Program Liaison Librarian is available to meet with you to help you develop a strategy on how to use the library’s resources (for example, the library catalogue, journals, and databases). Contact your Program Liaison Librarian to make an appointment. You can also get help from a Reference Librarian even when you are working on assignments at home by contacting the library by phone, TTY or by chatting online using Live Help. You can find your campus library phone number or TTY by selecting "How to Contact Us".
Your professor can request a Library Instruction Workshop for your class. These workshops provide information about how to use the library resources and are available throughout the year. If you require the workshop print materials in alternate format (Braille, large print, audio, electronic text) please notify the librarian teaching the workshop in advance. Note that the St. James Library Instruction room is equipped with an assistive listening device. Please ask the librarian in advance if you would like to use this device during the workshop.
The following devices are available to use in the Library Learning Commons. Please ask for the device at the reference desk and ask any staff if you need help to use these devices.
Ubi duo communication device: assists communication between hearing, Deaf, deafened and hard of hearing people and those who prefer to communicate instantly using a type-to-text display
Assistive listening device in the St. James library instruction room
Designated computers with ZoomText software
Hand held magnifiers, magnifiers that work with TV monitors, large print computer keyboards, portable lighting devices and book holders
The Adaptive Technology Lab in the St. James and Casa Loma Library Learning Commons is managed by Accessible Learning Services. The Adaptive Technology Labs have computers, equipment and adaptive technology software available for students registered with Accessible Learning Services. Staff in the Adaptive Technology Labs will provide training on how to use the equipment.
A print disability can make it difficult for someone to read print materials. People with print disabilities may be blind, have low vision, a learning disability, or have difficulty holding a book. George Brown College is dedicated to providing educational materials in an accessble format. Please see the College's Joint Statement on Accessible Educational Materials which has been sent out to all programs and departments.
If you are a student with a print disability you may prefer your course materials in an alternate format, for example, large print or an electronic file. Follow these procedures to request your books and resource materials in an alternate format:
Professors must ensure that course materials are made available to students with print disabilities in electronic format upon request. It is a good idea to make this request to your professors as early in the semester as possible. Register with Accessible Learning Services. Ask your Accessibility Consultant to include information in your Student Accommodation Form about what format of print material you need.
Books and Resource Materials in the Library:
Students requiring a few pages or chapters of a library book or journal in electronic format can use the Adaptive Technology Lab in the Library Learning Commons to scan the material. The Adaptive Technology Labs are equipped with scanners and staff in the Labs can provide training on how to use the computers and adaptive technology.
Students needing an electronic format of a library book or other library reference material can make this request to their Program Liaison Librarian. If possible, please make requests for alternate formats of library books and reference materials as early as possible.
George Brown has a Captioned Media & E-text Policy. This Policy requires that your professors only show a captioned video or DVD in class and only assign captioned media as course work. If you need a captioned DVD or video from the library and it is not captioned contact the Accessible Media Coordinator to get it captioned for you. You can also contact the Accessible Media Coordinator if you have questions about the Captioned Media & E-text Policy. You can find out more information about the Policy on the Captioned Media & E-text Policy here.
Our goal is to ensure that our products and services are accessible to all library users. Please inform your Program Liaison Librarian about accessibility barriers you encounter in the Library Learning Commons and how we can make the services more accessible to you.