Library Resources For Users with Accessibility Needs

Accessibility Support

Library Resources: Text-to-Speech Services

Several of the Library's databases offer TEXT-TO-SPEECH capabilities.

Ebrary ebook database:

To assist visually-impaired users, ebrary can be displayed in a screen-readable, text-only mode that works with a user’s own text-to-speech program, such as JAWS.  

To request this mode:

Step 1 – Contact Calida Barboza - she will request the screen-readable, text-only option for an individual user.  ebrary will need the user’s personal ebrary account username.

Step 2 – The user can then activate the text-only mode as follows:

a) Go to your ebrary site and log in to your personal ebrary account

b) Click on the “My Settings” button at the top right of the ebrary page

c) Click “Edit Settings”, then under “Additional Settings” click “Enable Accessibility Mode”

d) Click “Save Changes”

e) Once those changes are made, anytime the user is signed in to their bookshelf account, all documents opened in QuickView will be viewed in the special screen-readable, text-only mode

f) The user can then use QuickView in conjunction with JAWS or another text-to-speech program

For tips on using Jaws with ebrary Accessibility Mode, see:

Ebsco Databases:

Locate an article in HTML format you would like to have read to you.

From the Accent Drop-Down Menu, select an accent in which you would like the article to be read.

From the Reading Speed Drop-Down Menu, select a reading speed in which you would like the article to be read.

Check the Listen Button to hear the article read aloud.


Click the Download MP3 link to download an MP3 file of the article being read to your computer.

Note:  The Listen and Download MP3 functions are also available in the Academic OneFile database.

Click the Help Link  to view instructions on using Text-to-Speech in your browser window.

You can also highlight the text you want read aloud and click Listen.


Click on the Link to open the article and Go to "View" in the Menu Bar

Chose "Read Out Loud" and Click on "Activate Read Out Loud"

Contact Us

Picture: Lisabeth Chabot
College Librarian
(607) 274-3182

Library Resources: Closed Captions/Subtitles

Many of the DVD and VHS titles in the Library's collection are available with Close Captioning and English subtitles.  All media is available at the Multimedia Services Desk.  Viewing and Listening Stations with DVD and CD players are available next to Multimedia Services.  

Headphones are available at the Main Circulation Desk.  

See this list of Media with Closed Captioning,

See this list of Media with English Subtitles.  

Users that need other media to be captioned should contact The Office of Student Disability Services.

Audio Books

The Library has a collection of current fiction and nonfiction audio books in MP3 format.  They are shelved on the Main Floor across from the Circulation Desk.

Apple Devices

Apple’s iPod, iPad, and iPhone are fully accessible to people with print disabilities.  You can buy an application called Read2Go
and then merely touch the screen to access text-to-speech, highlighting, and font and color manipulation.


Bookshare is a searchable online library of over 140,000 digital books, textbooks, teacher-recommended reading, periodicals and assistive technology tools for readers with  print disabilities. It is free for all U.S. students with qualifying disabilities.

Student Accessibility Services

Student Accessibility Services has a variety of specialized software programs and adaptive technology services that are available for use by students registered with the Office of Academic Support Services.  This equipment is also available for use by faculty members.

Equipment available includes but is not limited to:
  • Braille Embosser – allows printing of text documents in Braille for visually impaired students.
  • Tactile Image Enhancer – raises printed images so that a student who is visually impaired can feel the images.
  • Assistive Listening Devices – equipment that makes auditory information accessible to those with hearing loss.
  • Thermal Pen – raises images so that a student who is visually impaired can feel the images.
  • Screen Readers – software that reads text material aloud through speech synthesis tools
  • Dragon Naturally Speaking – voice recognition software that allows a student to increase typing efficiency.
  • Kurzweil 3000 – a software package that allows a student with learning disabilities to receive media in multiple formats.