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Accessible & Assistive Services: Library Materials

Learn what assistive technologies and services are available in the College of DuPage Library.

Questions are the Answers!

COD Library staff are the link between you and the information that you need. Library reference staff will help you explore a topic, find data, pinpoint a source, and so much more. Need assistance finding accessible resources? Ask us!

Say What?

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Closed-Captioned Streaming Videos

Did you know that many of the videos and films located in the Library’s Streaming Video databases feature Closed Captioning (CC) and written transcripts? You will need to use your last name and Library barcode to access these streaming video databases from off campus.

Search our streaming video databases

Closed-Captioned Videos

Closed-captioned videos are shelved throughout the Library’s collection as well as in the popular video collection.
You can search for them in the Library Catalog by video title.

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Other closed captioned  materials may be borrowed through the Captioned Media Program (http://www.cfv.org).

Reading Aloud

Audiobooks

The Library has hundreds of books on tape and compact discs. In the Library Catalog, these are referred to as "audiobooks."
You can search the Library Catalog by book title, and include the keyword audiobook or limit search results to audiobook format.
 

Electronic Audiobooks

Use the free OverDrive app to borrow and enjoy digital titles from the Library's e-audiobook collection. The OverDrive app is available for Android, Chromebook, iOS, Kindle and more. OverDrive also has a desktop app for Windows and Mac.

Audio of Articles and Encyclopedia Entries

Several of COD Library’s journal article and book databases provide audio versions of articles/entries (e.g. Gale Virtual Reference Library, Academic OneFile and select HTML full-text entries in Ebsco databases such as Academic Search Complete, CINAHL, or PsychINFO). Consider downloading an MP3 instead of a PDF!

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Accessible Ebooks

Ebook Central promotes simplified access to all users with features such as:

  • Formatted book content to be readable online and offline
  • Certified for use with major screen readers (JAWS and VoiceOver)
  • Browser magnification increasing the entire screen to make the content more visible
  • Keyboard navigation so that pages can be negotiated without the use of a mouse

Under the Settings tab, select Profile and turn Accessibility Mode to ON so that pages of books are presented as text rather than images, and other functions such as searching for a book or within the book are optimized for the screen.

Large Print Books

Large Print books may be found in the Library Catalog. Search by title or keyword and limit results to "large print."

Specific Large Print books may be requested through the I-SHARE or Interlibrary Loan services.

Optelec ClearView+ Speech (video magnification and text-to-speech)

 

Optelec Clearview+ SpeechLocated on the upper floor of the Library next to the accessible workstation is the Clearview+ Speech (providing both a video magnifier and text-to-speech technology).

Enlarge material (books, newspapers, handouts, letters, and pictures) or change the high contrast viewing modes with one easy-to-use dial.

To activate the Speech feature, simply touch the screen and listen to articles, handouts, letters and books with a natural sounding voice and full page overview.

Insert a flash drive or SD card and save your text-to-speech files for later use. Not only can you use the Clearview+ to open and read saved documents, you can also view and enlarge saved picture files.

  • URL: https://library.cod.edu/access
  • Last Updated: Sep 15, 2020 11:22 AM
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