St. Lawrence College Libraries

Brockville, Cornwall, Kingston

General Inquiries about Accessibility

Any questions or concerns about accessibility can be directed to Student Wellness & Accessibility (SWA). Each campus has its own contact information, or you can email wellness@sl.on.ca.

Accessible Library Services

Our Commitment

It is the commitment of SLC Libraries to make every reasonable effort to facilitate use of the collections and services by all library users.

Accessible Library Services

Assistance is available from library staff for:

  • Finding and retrieving library material from the shelves
  • Assistance with photocopying
  • Renewing your library materials
  • Reference and research assistance

Accessible Library Materials

Assistance is available from library staff for:

  • Facilitating requests for alternate formats and additions to the collections
  • Finding and retrieving library material from the shelves
  • Assistance with photocopying
  • Renewing your library materials
  • Reference and research assistance

Accessible Facilities

  • Automatic doors
  • Wheelchair accessible workstations with 28" clearance
  • Library service desks
  • Visual and audio fire alarms
  • Group study rooms 
  • Quiet study rooms

CNIB Library Partners Program

CNIB Library offers people with print disabilities (visual, physical, or learning) access to CNIB resources free-of-charge. Of particular interest to the SLC community is the new career and job hunting resources available through the CNIB Library in audio and braille. You can browse thousands of titles, available for download or home delivery, on the CNIB Library website.

Accessibility Statement - Library Website

General

stlawrencecollege.libguides.com strives to ensure that its services are accessible to people with disabilities. stlawrencecollege.libguides.com has invested a significant amount of resources to help ensure that its website is made easier to use and more accessible for people with disabilities, with the strong belief that every person has the right to live with dignity, equality, comfort and independence.

Disclaimer

stlawrencecollege.libguides.com continues its efforts to constantly improve the accessibility of its site and services in the belief that it is our collective moral obligation to allow seamless, accessible and unhindered use also for those of us with disabilities.

Despite our efforts to make all pages and content on stlawrencecollege.libguides.com fully accessible, some content may not have yet been fully adapted to the strictest accessibility standards. This may be a result of not having found or identified the most appropriate technological solution.

Here For You

If you are experiencing difficulty with any content on stlawrencecollege.libguides.com or require assistance with any part of our site, please contact us during normal business hours and we will be happy to assist.

Contact Us

If you wish to report an accessibility issue, have any questions or need assistance, please contact stlawrencecollege.libguides.com as follows:

Email: copyright@sl.on.ca

Do you require Alternate Format Materials?

How can I request Alternative Format Textbooks?

Accessible versions of current course textbooks can only be obtained from Student Wellness & Accessibility (SWA).

How can I request library books in alternate formats?

SLC Libraries makes every effort to serve our communities and facilitate requests for new material or alternative formats for all of our patrons. If you have a request or recommendation for the library collection, please contact ldcunningham@sl.on.ca. However, individuals with a verified "perceptual disability" are eligible to use the provincial Accessible Content e-Portal (ACE) service to make library book requests.

Accessible Content e-Portal (ACE) for individuals with perceptual disabilities

The Accessible Content e-Portal (ACE) is a collaborative project that supports users with print and perceptual disabilities at participating Ontario colleges and universities by making library collections accessible through an online platform. ACE contains a variety of library books which have been digitized and made available in accessible formats.

St. Lawrence College will provide, upon request, an accessible format of the print books held in its current collection* to current students and faculty with a verified “perceptual disability” as defined in the Canadian Copyright Act. This service is in accordance with the Communication and Information Standards of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA).

Copyright Act Definition: a "perceptual disability" is 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.

This service is only available to library users with a documented "perceptual disability" as per the Copyright Act. 

*exclusions include archival and rare print collections.

How do I access ACE?

The Accessible Content E-Portal (ACE) provides alternative formats for print material held in our Library collection, including colour and black and white PDFs, DAISY, ePub and plain text. ACE is a service provided by Scholars Portal.

This service is limited to library users with a documented "perceptual disability" as per the Copyright Act. Contact copyright@sl.on.ca to receive an ACE token. Once you have received an ACE token:

If the book you need is not available in ACE, contact copyright@sl.on.ca as we are able to initiate the digitization of unique items.

For more information about this service, call or email Mary Gauthier, Alternative Media Technician, mgauthier@sl.on.ca or 613-544-5400 ext 1636. For information about ACE and library services, email Katherine McMillan at copyright@sl.on.ca 

Why is eligibility to access ACE so limited?

The ACE service is provided in accordance with the Communication and Information Standards of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) as well as the Copyright Act. St. Lawrence College Library will provide, upon request, an accessible or conversion-ready format of print-based resources held in its collection* to registered students, faculty, or staff with a verified "perceptual disability" in accordance with the definition provided in the Canadian Copyright Act.

The Canadian Copyright Act defines a "perceptual disability" as follows:

> "perceptual disability" means a disability that prevents or inhibits a person from reading, viewing, 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 ability to focus or move ones eyes,

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

c) an impairment relating to comprehension.

*Special collections, archival materials, rare books, and donations are exempt under this standard.

If you do not meet this eligibility, the library team will work with you to find library or other materials in different formats. We can also add different formats to our collection upon request and vendor/publisher availability. Not every publisher makes content available in alternate formats for us to acquire.