Making library books accessible

  • Posted on: 10 January 2018
  • By: Anika

Take a behind-the-scenes look at how we transform a library book into alternative formats that are accessible to users with print disabilities. 

In this video Scholars Portal shows you how service support staff for the Accessible Content ePortal (ACE) convert library print materials into accessible formats with the help of our digitization partner Internet Archive Canada. Follow the progression of a digitization request from the student's initial meeting with an accessibility coordinator to the moment the library user is able to read the book using their preferred technology.

This video was produced by Scholars Portal in collaboration with the University of Toronto Libraries.

More about ACE

The Accessible Content E-Portal (ACE) supports users with print disabilities at participating Ontario universities and colleges 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. Eligible users can also request books to be digitized and added to the collection on demand through our on-demand digitization service.  A centralized and standardized production centre is provided by our digitization partner Internet Archive Canada, allowing participating schools to access high-quality digitized materials in five accessible formats.

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If you have any questions or comments, please contact ace [at]