Services for Persons with Disabilities

Accessing Library Material

The University of Alberta Libraries is committed to providing a positive library experience to patrons with disabilities, in collaboration with Student Accessibility Services (SAS).

  • You can request materials to be retrieved for you using the request holds function in the library catalogue or you can Ask Us for help.
  • Contact individual libraries, if you have questions about a specific library.
  • Each library location page has accessibility information about that location.
  • The University of Alberta Libraries is a member of HathiTrust, which is internationally recognized for its ability to provide access to digital collections for those with sight disabilities. Authentication is required for patrons to access in-copyright materials through screen readers and other means.

Loan Periods

  • Materials may be borrowed on term loan, subject to recall after two weeks.
    • Exceptions: reserve, curriculum and other specialized materials; equipment.
    • Please consult the loan period page, for more information.
  • To qualify for specialized services (e.g. alternate formats for print materials), please contact Student Accessibility Services at 780-492-3381.

Additional Services for Users with Visual Disabilities

Edmonton Public Library provides a range of special services and adaptive technologies to support people with visual disabilities, including large print books, daisy books, and descriptive video/DVD (video or DVD with added narration). As a public library, they also provide access to the Centre for Equitable Library Access (CELA), a service that provides reading materials in accessible formats to people with print disabilities.