We are accessible
Everyone can enjoy our collections, computers, programs, and physical spaces. The Library has automatic entrance doors and elevator access to all levels.
We can adapt our computers to better suit your physical needs by offering you a variety of special features. Ask staff in the Community Computing Centre on the Lower Level about how to use the following devices:
- A high contrast keyboard
- A screen magnifier
- An ergonomic mouse
- A touchpad (instead of a mouse)
- A trackball mouse (which doesn’t require fine motor skills)
Make your home computer easier to use as well. Ability Net’s My Computer My Way website shows you how to adapt your keyboard, mouse, Windows, Internet, and favourite applications to suit your needs.
If you’re planning to attend a meeting or program in the Welsh Hall, you may choose to take advantage of our listening assistance technology—hearing loops for those with hearing aids and headsets for those without hearing aids.
To inquire and make arrangements to use this service, please contact the Community Computing Centre 604.925.7405 at least one day in advance of the event.
BrowseAloud is a tool that makes our website more accessible. To enable BrowseAloud, click on the orange icon with headphones on the bottom left-hand corner of our website.
The icons on the BrowseAloud toolbar each represent a different feature:
- Text to speech or read aloud
- Converts any text you select into an MP3 file that you can use at a later date
- Screen Mask: applies a colour filter to your screen leaving a letter box or a ruler setting breading window clear, helping you focus on the section you are reading
- Simplify: removes pictures, allows you to focus on the text you want to read; summarize the content, print it and read aloud
- Settings: choose defaults including which features you want to turn on, highlight and contrast colours, fonts, size of magnified text, speed at which text is read.
- Help: provides more information on each feature
Our accessible materials
Our collection of Large Print books is regularly updated to include the most current, acclaimed and talked about books in all genres of fiction and nonfiction including mysteries, romances, and biographies.
We’re here to help you find a great read in any format that suits you—just visit or call the Information Desk at 604.925.7403.
If you live in West Vancouver and have a mobility challenge and/or a print disability you may be eligible for Assistive Services.
We define a mobility challenge as having an illness, injury, or disability that prevents a person from leaving their home or visiting the Library for three months or more.
A print disability is one that prevents or inhibits a person from reading conventional print. It can be the result of:
- a learning disability, such as a perceptual impairment
- a physical disability, such as the inability to hold or manipulate a book
- a visual disability, such as an impairment of sight or the inability to focus or move one’s eyes
To learn more about Assistive Services, please call us at 604.925.7437. You can also email us at email@example.com.