Accessibility Services

Process for obtaining alternative format textbooks

Canadian copyright law permits reproduction of published work for people with documented print disabilities. Print disabilities include:

  • vision loss or blindness or the inability to focus or move one's eyes
  • inability to hold or manipulate a book
  • reading disabilities

Obtaining textbooks in alternative format is a time-consuming process. Start early!

If you experience a print disability and need your textbooks in alternative format, please use the following process:

Step 1: Meet with your Access Advisor to discuss services and supports

The Access Advisor may then refer you to an Assistive Technology Advisor to investigate assistive technology, such as screen reader software and scanners or digital recorders.

Step 2: Determine what textbooks you may need for your courses

  • The textbook list is usually available at the Mount Royal Bookstore two months before the beginning of the semester
  • Because of the copyright law, you will need to provide proof of purchase for each text
  • Come to the front desk (Y201) and ask staff to send you the link to the online Textbook Request Form
  • You will need the following information for each book requested: Title, Author, Publisher, ISBN Number, Edition, Price, Class Name or Number, and  Professor's name

Step 3: Search for alternative format textbooks

  • If the textbook is not already in our library, front desk staff will contact the publisher to try to get the book in electronic format
  • Receiving a textbook from the publisher can take up to 4-6 weeks
  • If it is not available from the publisher or if you would like to receive the electronic version of the book more quickly, the textbook will need to be scanned. Pick up a form at the front desk and take the book and a flash drive to Document Services to be scanned (within 1-2 days)
  • The front desk staff will contact you via e-mail to indicate the book(s) have been received from the publisher. When your textbooks in alternative format are ready, you must bring your receipt (proof of purchase) if you have not already done so. A copy of the receipt will be made for copyright purposes

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