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Accessibility in the Library Learning Commons

Our Commitment to Accessibility

The Library Learning Commons (LLC) believes in providing respectful and equitable access to our services and resources for all patrons. This includes the provision of accessible formats for people with disabilities. The LLC is continuously working towards complying with, and exceeding, standards set by the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). Our website complies with Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.0) Level AA.

WCAG 2.0 (Level AA)

Library Building & Services

The following features and services are available in the LLC:

  • Retrieval of materials
  • Booking of study rooms
  • Assistance using research tools
  • Requesting alternate formats for print materials
  • Computers have NVDA screen reader software installed
  • Tables within the LLC are height-adjustable
  • Accessible washrooms are located in D-building just outside of the library
  • Doors to the library operate using an automatic door button

ReadSpeaker feature

Library Learning Commons webpages are equipped with ReadSpeaker which will read aloud content on our website. To use ReadSpeaker, click on the “Listen” button at the top of the page area.

  • Clicking on the play button will expand the player and words will highlight on the screen as they are read aloud.
  • Clicking on the settings gear wheel will personalize the user’s experience (e.g., reading speed or highlighting colour).
  • Clicking the down arrow will download an mp3 audio file of the current page and save it for later.

For more information, visit ReadSpeaker (please note: some functions may differ).

Database Accessibility Features

Page 1+ is our newest search feature found on the homepage of our website.

  • Most of Page 1+ can be navigated using a keyboard alone.
  • Page 1+ was designed to be used with screen readers allowing users to listen to most of the website.
  • Page 1+ was built to be responsive, meaning all of the features can be used regardless of the device being used, the zoom level in the browser, or the orientation of the device (vertical or horizontal). Please note, some text clipping may occur.
  • Users can navigate most of the website using speech recognition software.
  • If you come across any issues regarding accessibility and Page 1+, we would love to hear from you! Simply email us at with your comments or concerns.

The Fanshawe Library Learning Commons subscribes to many EBSCO database products, including: Academic Search Complete, Business Source Complete, CINAHL, MasterFILE Elite, MEDLINE, PsycARTICLES, and SocINDEX with Full Text.

  • EBSCO features built-in text-to-speech support, which allows users to read along with highlighted passages and words while a human-sounding voice speaks the text on the screen.
  • This read-aloud feature for HTML articles may need to be manually activated:
    • Choose the HTML Full-Text option.
    • The Listen icon appears on the Tools list just under the title of the article.
    • Select from 3 different accents and reading speeds.
    • To pause the reading, click on the pause button.
  • For more information on searching EBSCO databases with JAWS 8.0, visit EBSCO’s Accessibility Navigation Guide.

The Fanshawe Library Learning Commons subscribes to many ProQuest database products, including (but not limited to): ABI/INFORM Global, Canadian Business and Current Affairs, ProQuest Central, and ProQuest Nursing & Allied Premium.

  • Users can navigate through ProQuest using their keyboard or screen reader.
  • Text size can be adjusted.
  • Although videos are not captioned, some videos contain transcripts.
  • When available, a short caption appears in the text beside graphical content. Alternative text is provided for all graphical content and usually includes the caption or title of the image. Users can usually click a graphic to open an enlarged view.
  • ProQuest databases may contain PDFs that are AODA compliant.
    • If an item is available in PDF format, you will need Adobe Reader.
    • Most PDFs are accessible to screen readers; however, some older content was created from scanned images of original text that is not accessible to screen readers. These are identified as “Scanned image PDF”.


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Questions or concerns about the Library Learning Commons website?
Contact Carlie at

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Services & Supports at Fanshawe College

Located in F2003, the Inclusive Technology Centre (ITC) offers in-person, hands-on training, and consultation to all students and staff for assistive and adaptive technology.

The Test Centre, located in F3005, provides testing support for students who require accommodations, have missed or need to reschedule a test, or have connectivity issues.

Located in F2010, Accessibility Services helps students with accessibility needs at any Fanshawe campus. Accessibility Services is comprised of a team of Counsellors, Service Facilitators, Adaptive Technologists, and other team members. Accessibility Services provides support, including accommodations, accessible learning resources and supports, and more!