Library Accessibility Services

Important Notes

  • All copyright requirements apply to your receipt of alternate format textbooks in the same manner as copyright applies to all print texts.
  • For more information regarding copyright please visit McMaster’s Copyright website.
  • Any exemptions to copyright and access to alternate format texts can be found in the following document.

Alternative Text Formats

  • Student Accessibility Services (SAS) in cooperation with Library Accessibility Services (LAS) can assist you with accessing text materials in a format other than print. Once an accommodation for alternate format texts has been determined in discussion with your SAS Program Coordinator, you will then be referred to LAS for assistance.
  • The following are samples of some alternative formats which can be accessed:
    • Braille
    • Word or PDF
    • Kurzweil
  • For more information about alternate formats through Library Accessibility Services (LAS), please visit the LAS website.

How to Get Alternative Texts

  • Determine what material you need. LAS can convert print textbooks, ebooks, open source, custom courseware, Avenue Readings and Reserve Readings. Once you have decided what you require, follow the steps below, and refer to the ‘Important Notes’ section above to ensure you understand the copyright guidelines:
  1. Contact LAS by phone or email as soon as possible, as the conversion process can take time to complete.
  2. Purchase your textbooks and keep your receipts. There is no extra charge for alternate format material. Textbooks can come from online stores such as Amazon. LAS is able to convert the ebook version of a textbook into alternate formats. Used textbooks may be purchased from a bookstore. LAS is unable to accept receipts from other students.
  3. It is your responsibility to pick up alternate format texts from LAS in a timely way, once you have been notified by LAS that the alternate format you have requested is available.
  4. It is important to remember that some textbooks can take a while to convert, so it is okay to contact LAS once in a while to check on the status of your alternate text, after it has been requested.

Library Supports

  • LAS provides additional support to access a range of other library functions on campus. These supports include access to alternate format versions of library holdings in all campus libraries. LAS also provides access to the Assistive Technology (AT) Lab, a study space to support quiet and interactive learning, in addition to research help services, library book renewal and retrieval.

Last Updated: November 7 2019