Accessible & Assistive Services

  1. Getting Help
  2. Library Materials
  3. Devices
  4. Services Agencies
Library faculty and staff can assist any Library user with the services described on this page. You can ask for assistance in-person at our Reference Desks (located on both levels of our Library), or call Reference staff at (630) 942-3364.

Reference staff can also be contacted by e-mail using the Ask a Librarian service.

Students who need extensive help using Library resources should arrange for a personal assistant through the COD Center for Access and Accommodations.

Center for Access and Accommodations
Location: Student Services Center (SSC), Room 3249
E-mail: [email protected]
Phone: (630) 942-2154
TDD: (630) 858-9692
Website: Center for Access and Accommodations

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 a keyword of: audiobook
Click here for a long list of Audiobooks.

Electronic Audiobooks and More

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. Learn more at: http://www.codlrc.org/overdrive

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. Go to: http://www.codlrc.org/databases

Closed-Captioned Videos

Closed-captioned videos are shelved throughout the Library’s collection, as well as in the rental video collection.
You can search for them in the Library Catalog by video title.
You can click here for a long list of closed-captioned videos.
Other non-Library materials may be borrowed through the Captioned Media Program (http://www.cfv.org).

Streaming Closed-Captioned Videos

Many of the videos and films located in the Library’s Streaming Video Collections feature Closed Captioning (CC) and transcripts. You will need to use your last name and Library barcode to access these streaming video databases from off campus. Go to: http://www.codlrc.org/databases/videos-online

Large Print Books

Large Print books may be found in the Library Catalog.
Specific Large Print books may be requested through the I-SHARE or Interlibrary Loan services.
Click here for a list of our Large Print books.

Accessible Computer Workstations

Two priority workstations are available on a first-come, first-serve basis that include a desktop PC, monitor, trackball mouse and printing via COD's Web-based SmartPrint system. On the Library's main floor, the priority station is located in the CSPS area adjacent to the printers. On the upper level of the Library, the priority station is located near the printer and photocopier. All of the computer workstations allow screen enlargement.

Priority workstations run the following assistive software
programs:

Aladdin Classic
Alddin Classic video magnifier

The Aladdin Classic is a black and white video magnifier designed for use by people who have visual impairments. Printed materials can be displayed in high-contrast black text on a white background or white text on a black background. This system can also be used for viewing three-dimensional objects and a heavy-duty reading table permits reading heavy books.
The Aladdin Classic is located upstairs near the Microfilm cabinets.

Ovation
Ovation scanner

The Ovation scans and stores text of any kind and converts it into audio. The Ovation's flatbed scanner can scan newspapers, books, and magazines. You can move through your printed material by page, paragraph or sentence and you can adjust the speed and volume of the audio.
The Ovation is located upstairs near the Microfilm cabinets.

Half-Qwerty Keyboard

A one-handed keyboard is available for patrons with hand-related physical disabilities. This device looks like a traditional full-sized keyboard but has two embedded half-keyboards and allows typing with either hand or both hands at once.

You can check out the keyboard from the Library Circulation desk, then contact Computing Support and Printing Services staff to connect it to any computer in the Library. (This device is only available for use in the Library.)

Assistive keyboard

Page Magnifier

A page magnifier is available at the Reference Center.

Voice Recorder

This small, hand-held recorder has various recording modes. It uses one AAA battery (not included). A USB cable and instruction booklet is included.
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The Library also has a variety of equipment available for checkout.