This service is for members of the Carleton community that have a print disability and require alternate formats of library, course or research materials.
Users will be provided with access to alternate formats such as PDF, Word, audio, large print or Braille.
Alternate Formats for Students
Students with a referral from the Paul Menton Centre will be provided with access to required textbooks and course readings. Additional research materials can also be requested.
All students who register with the service will also be provided with access to the Accessible Content E-Portal (ACE) where they can access a large collection of digitized library books available in PDF, Daisy, plain text and ePub format.
Student referrals to our service will stay active for 5 years or as long as the student is actively enrolled in courses.
Alternate Formats for Faculty & Staff
Faculty or staff who have a print disability are entitled to receive alternate formats of course materials or research materials.
To meet copyright obligations, a self-declaration form must be signed to confirm the presence of a print disability, either temporary or permanent.
Please email us at LibraryAccessibility.Services@carleton.ca for more information on obtaining alternate formats.
Submitting a Request
To submit a request, fill out one Transcription Request form for each title required.
After you submit the form, we will begin processing your request. Your material will be uploaded through the course reserves system, Ares and you will receive an email notification when the material has been added. If you require an alternate method of file delivery, please let us know. Otherwise all files will be uploaded on Ares.
Requesting material early is essential. In peak periods, requests can take 10-15 business days to complete.
Online Sources of Alternative Format Materials
These databases and services provide access to alternate formats
- Accessible Content E-Portal (ACE) provides alternative formats for print material held in our Library collection, including colour and black and white PDFs, DAISY, ePub and plain text. ACE is a service provided by Scholars Portal. Library users registered with Paul Menton Centre with documented a print disability should contact LibraryAccessibility.Services@carleton.ca to receive an ACE token.
- Find Journal Articles and Browse Electronic Journals provides access to the library journal article databases, many of which are fulltext.
- HathiTrust Accessible Text Request Service provides alternative formats to millions of books and journals found in the HathiTrust Digital Library. Identify the title you require and contact LibraryAccessibility.Services@carleton.ca to recieve the alternate format. Users must be registered with the Paul Menton Centre or have a documented print disability.
- Librivox (audiobook collection)