Library Resources For Users with Disabilities

Library Resources for Users with Disabilities

Library Resources: Text-to-Speech Services

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

Ebrary ebook database:
After you click on the book title, you will be viewing the book in the Quickview mode.
  •  You will need to download the Unity Reader (Click on the ebrary Reader button next to the document title).
  •  After the Reader has been installed, click on the “Speech” tab just to the right of the TOC and Notes tabs.
  •  Highlight the text to be read aloud.
  •  To begin having the text read aloud, click on the speech-bubble icon button.
  •  To stop the text being read aloud, re-click that same button (it now shows an x in it)  There are buttons to pause, skip back one sentence, and skip ahead one sentence. There are also options for a male or female voice (Bob or Alice) and for controlling the pitch and speed.

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 CD and MP3 formats.  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.

Office of Student Disability Services

The Office of Student Disability 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.