Library Accessibility Services

Alternative Text Formats:

SAS in cooperation with LAS can assist you with accessing text materials in a format other than print. You must first be registered with SAS before LAS can acquire alternate format material. 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

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. If you need an alternative format textbook, follow the steps below.

  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. LAS is unable to accept textbook.

For more information, please visit the LAS website at: library.mcmaster.ca/spaces/las