Accessible & Assistive Services

  1. Getting Help
  2. Library Materials
  3. Devices
  4. Services Agencies
COD Library is committed to providing equal access to library collections, services, and facilities for all library users. It is a priority for us to acquire, whenever possible, resources and technologies that are accessible to all and compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act. For library collections that aren’t accessible, we are committed to providing reasonable accommodations and timely access to users with disabilities.

Library faculty and staff can assist any Library user with the services described on this page. Debra Smith is the Library liaison for students with disabilities.

Students can request assistance in-person at our Reference Desks (located on both levels of our Library), or by calling Reference staff at (630) 942-3364. For additional ways to contact us (including chat and email), go to our Ask a Librarian page.

Students with additional access or accommodation needs can contact COD's Center for Access and Accommodations.

Center for Access and Accommodations
Location: Student Services Center (SSC), Room 3249
Phone: (630) 942-2154
TDD: (630) 858-9692
Website: Center for Access and Accommodations


The Library has hundreds of books on tape and compact discs. In the Library Catalog, these are referred to as "audiobooks".
You can search the Library Catalog by book title, and include a keyword of: audiobook
Click here for a long list of Audiobooks.

Electronic Audiobooks and More

Use the free OverDrive app to borrow and enjoy digital titles from the Library's e-audiobook collection. The OverDrive app is available for Android, Chromebook, iOS, Kindle and more. OverDrive also has a desktop app for Windows and Mac. Learn more at:

Several of COD Library’s journal article and book databases provide audio versions of articles/entries (e.g. Gale Virtual Reference Library, Academic OneFile and select HTML full-text entries in Ebsco databases such as Academic Search Complete, CINAHL, or PsychINFO). Consider downloading an MP3 instead of a PDF. Go to:

Closed-Captioned Videos

Closed-captioned videos are shelved throughout the Library’s collection, as well as in the rental video collection.
You can search for them in the Library Catalog by video title.
You can click here for a long list of closed-captioned videos.
Other non-Library materials may be borrowed through the Captioned Media Program (

Streaming Closed-Captioned Videos

Many of the videos and films located in the Library’s Streaming Video Collections feature Closed Captioning (CC) and transcripts. You will need to use your last name and Library barcode to access these streaming video databases from off campus. Go to:

Accessible Ebooks

Ebook Central is a large and growing collection of books on a variety of topics. You'll need your Library card number in order to access and use this collection. All books in this collection are also indexed in our COD Library catalog. Ebook Central promotes simplified access to all users with features such as:

  • Formatted book content to be readable online and offline
  • Certified for use with major screen readers (JAWS and VoiceOver)
  • Browser magnification increasing the entire screen to make the content more visible
  • Keyboard navigation so that pages can be negotiated without the use of a mouse

Under the Settings tab, select Profile and turn Accessibility Mode to ON so that pages of books are presented as text rather than images, and other functions such as searching for a book or within the book are optimized for the screen.

Large Print Books

Large Print books may be found in the Library Catalog.
Specific Large Print books may be requested through the I-SHARE or Interlibrary Loan services.
Click here for a list of our Large Print books.

Accessible Computer Workstations


Two accessible workstations are available on a first-come, first-serve basis that include:

  • desktop PC
  • monitor
  • large-print, black-on-yellow ZoomText keyboard
  • trackball mouse
  • printing via COD's Web-based SmartPrint system
  • all Library computer workstations allow screen enlargement

Accessible workstations run the following assistive software

  • ZoomText 11 Magnifier/Reader

On the Library's main floor, the accessible station is located in the CSPS area adjacent to the printers. On the upper level of the Library, the accessible station is located near the printer and photocopier.

ClearView+ Speech


Located on the upper floor of the Library next to the accessible workstation is the Clearview+ Speech (providing both a video magnifier and text-to-speech technology). Enlarge material (books, newspapers, handouts, letters, and pictures) or change the high contrast viewing modes with one easy-to-use dial. To activate the Speech feature, simply touch the screen and listen to articles, letters and books with a natural sounding voice and full page overview. Insert a flash drive or SD card and save your text-to-speech files for later use. Not only can you use the Clearview+ to open and read saved documents, you can also view and enlarge saved picture files.

Accessible Study Room: SRC 3102

This is an individual or small group study room (maximum capacity: 4) available to students with disabilities as designated by COD's Center for Access & Accommodations. It is intended as a place for COD students possessing blue cards to work and study individually or as a small group. It is not intended for socializing.

In addition to all of the hardware/software features available on accessible work stations (listed above), the Study Room workstation has a height adjustable table, a webcam and Skype. Headsets with microphones are available, upon request, when students check out the study room.

Rooms are available for 2-hours at a time on a pre-booked or first-come, first-served basis only. Students can pre-book via phone (630)-942-2106 or email In-person checkout and booking takes place at the upper level Circulation Desk.

• Study room keys are checked out at the upper level Circulation Desk.
• Students must check out the room in person.
• First time users must present their blue card to circulation staff. Subsequently, students will not have to present blue cards.
• For questions about the accessible student study room contact Library Circulation Services at (630) 942-2106.

Half-Qwerty Keyboard

A one-handed keyboard is available for patrons with hand-related physical disabilities. This device looks like a traditional full-sized keyboard but has two embedded half-keyboards and allows typing with either hand or both hands at once.

You can check out the keyboard and get help connecting it to any computer in the library at the Computing Support and Printing Services desk located on the main floor of the Library. (This device is only available for use in the Library.)

Hand-held, Page and Ruler Magnifiers

A variety of magnifiers, including hand-held magnifiers, rigid page magnifiers and ruler magnifiers are available at the Upper and Lower reference desks. Library users may borrow these items for in-Library use by inquiring at either reference desk.

The Library also has a variety of equipment available for checkout.