Service Update

Some Accessibility Services are unavailable while all library branches are closed in support of the effort to curb the spread of COVID-19. Information about the closure and library services

Equipment Available In Select Branches

Book stand

Props up a book to reduce handling.

Available at all branches

Braille writer

A manual typewriter-like machine used to create braille.

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CCTV - Print Magnifier

A closed circuit television system (CCTV) is a magnification system that uses a video camera to enlarge text on a page up to 50 times larger on a screen.

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Computer with screen reader software (JAWS)

Reads aloud the contents of documents and web pages and speaks standard computer functions for someone who is blind.

Keystrokes are used instead of the mouse.

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Computer with Kurzweil 1000 software and scanner

Kurzweil 1000 software reads scanned materials aloud for people who are blind or have low vision.

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Computer with Kurzweil 3000 software and scanner

Text to speech technology with a full graphical interface reads scanned materials aloud for people who are blind, have a print disability, or are literacy learners.

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Computer with screen magnification software (Zoomtext)

Enlarges text and images on the monitor for people with low vision.

Available on one workstation in all branches; on one workstation in each Toronto Reference and North York Central department; on one workstation in all Le@rning Centres.

ZoomText workstations provide access to:
Internet; Toronto Public Library research and eLearning sites; Microsoft Office products.

Available at all branches

FM personal amplification system

Sound transmitted from microphone to receiver via FM frequency. FM listening system can be used in conjunction with an individual’s hearing aid or by earplugs.

Available at Toronto Reference Library

Large print keyboard

Large typeface on the keys for greater visibility.

Available at all branches

Large trackball mouse

Requires less fine motor control to operate than a standard mouse.

Available at all branches


A handheld magnifier with 2x main magnification and a 4x bifocal inset.

Available at all branches

Natural spectrum lamp

A natural spectrum desk lamp that can improve clarity and contrast and reduce glare and eyestrain for people with a visual disability.

Available at all branches

Page turner

A device with a rubber tip that helps people with limited use of their hands to turn pages.

Available at all branches

TTY telephone

Type messages back and forth via a telephone connection for people who are deaf, hard of hearing or speech-impaired.

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Wheelchair Accessible Furniture

Furniture may be either height adjustable or with at least 29" clearance under table top - tables, study carrels, or computer workstation.

Available at all branches