OCAD University (Dorothy H. Hoover) Library is committed to providing equal access to services and collections to all students, faculty and staff of the university. We endeavour to create a fully accessible learning environment for the whole OCADU community.
On September 2, 2014, the OCAD U Library will launch a new service to provide materials from the collection in alternate formats to students registered with the Centre for Students with Disabilities.
The OCAD U Library is committed to providing equal access to services and collections to all students, faculty and staff of the university. Where self-use of library facilities and/or services is difficult or impossible, the Library will make special provisions, in conjunction with the Centre for Students with Disabilities as needed, to permit users with disabilities to:
- examine sources
- retrieve materials
- access services.
Students are strongly encouraged to register with the Centre for Students With Disabilities (CSD) at OCAD U:
416-977-6000, Ext. 339. CSD Location: 2nd Floor 51 McCaul Street. Wheelchair accessible via elevator on south side of 1st floor.
The Library is a member of the Ontario Council of University Libraries (OCUL), which is collaborating with Scholars Portal and the University of Toronto on an Accessible Texts Project to facilitate the provision of accessible content to university library users across Ontario.
Accessible teaching and learning resources
Use Accessible Teaching and Learning Resources Guide to find resources for creating an accessible teaching and learning experience in the classroom.
Update on accessibility plan initiatives
In 2012/13 the OCAD U Library worked with Diversity & Equity and the Centre for Students with Disabilities (CSD) to identify operational costs to provide accessible formats, including staffing, systems, and equipment and to prepare an operational plan with phased implementation. The OCAD U Library reviewed accessible format operational processes and procedures for services provided by the CSD; reviewed and shared good practices at other Ontario postsecondary institutions; and began to draft policies, procedures and a service level agreement for provision of a Library-based alternate format service to be delivered in collaboration with the CSD.
In 2012/13 the OCAD U Inclusive Design Research Centre (IDRC) undertook audits of several library content providers/platforms. The Ontario Council of University Libraries (OCUL) used these audits to make accessibility improvements to Scholars Portal E-Books and E-Journals platforms. The OCAD U Library was invited to join the Accessible Texts Pilot Project. The ACE Pilot Project is a collaboration between the Ontario Council of University Libraries (OCUL) and the University of Toronto, with support from the Government of Ontario as part of the EnAbling Change Program. This program is an initiative of the Accessibility Directorate of Ontario and provides financial support and expertise to organizations to educate an industry or sector across the province on their obligations under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (AODA).