General Information
Alternate Formats

General Information

The Beryl Ivey Library staff are available to assist all patrons with the use of materials and equipment and are guided by the Customer Services Guidelines in the provision of a positive experience for all users.

Contact Information

Patrons with disabilities are encouraged to contact the Service Desk to make arrangements for assistance with Beryl Ivey Library resources by phone at 519-432-8353 ext 28250, or by email at

For additional information, please see:

Accessibility at Brescia

Accessibility at Western

Library Accessibility (Western Libraries)

Resource Guide for Students with Disabilities (Transition to Post-Secondary Education)

Accessible Campus (Council of Ontario Universities)

Library Facilities & Equipment

The library is located in the Mother St. James Memorial Building at Brescia University. The main entrance to the Beryl Ivey Library is wheelchair accessible. The library service desk is situated immediately inside the entrance; service desk staff can give detailed information on library services and access. For a map of Brescia University that identifies the library’s location on campus please visit this webpage:

  • Patrons with disabilities are encouraged to contact the Service Desk to make arrangements for assistance with Beryl Ivey Library facilities and equipment.
  • The ground floor of the library is wheelchair accessible. There is no elevator access to the mezzanine floor.
  • Wheelchair accessible internet and word processing workstations are located on the main floor as well as a study table with adjustable height.
  • Accessible washrooms are available on the main floor.
  • Assistive Technology: The Beryl Ivey Library offers a computer station with assistive technology for students with disabilities. An accessible workstation is located on the main floor the library near the service desk. This workstation provides access to Zoom Text, Kurzweil 3000, as well as word processing software. Please ask at the service desk for any assistance.


Patrons with disabilities are encouraged to contact the library in person at our Service Desk, by email: or by telephone: 519-432-8353 x 28250 to make arrangements for assistance with:

Research and Circulation Services

  • reference and research assistance
  • using the Shared Library Catalogue, databases and other research tools
  • using library equipment including copiers, printers, etc.
  • retrieving materials from high shelves and other inaccessible areas
  • extending loan periods and renewing materials by telephone
  • making arrangements for a designated person to sign out materials on your behalf
  • holding materials at the Service Desk for pick up
  • contacting other library locations to avoid unnecessary trips

Retrieval and Photocopying/Scanning Material

For assistance with the retrieval and copying of material, a call number and page numbers are required for each book excerpt requested. Regular photocopying charges apply.

Students who are registered with Services for Students with Disabilities should first contact SSD to request the aide of a volunteer. If volunteers are not available, students may present their requirements at the Service Desk. While staff will try to accommodate requests as they are made, provision of materials may be dependent on the availability of staff resources.

Alternate Formats

To request items in alternative formats, students must request accommodation through Services for Students with Disabilities.

Course Textbooks and Course Packs

Services for Students with Disabilities coordinates the provision of course textbooks, course packs and other required material in alternate formats. Requests should be made to SSD as soon as possible after courses have been selected.

Request alternative format/accessible textbooks through the online request form.

Library Material

Students who require library material in an alternate format should request a token (a unique password) from Services for Students with Disabilities. This token will allow them to search the Accessible Content E-Portal (ACE Portal). ACE Portal is a repository of library books that have been digitized and made available in accessible formats. Find more information about ACE Portal here.

If material found by searching the Shared Library Catalogue or a library database is not available in the ACE Portal, students may submit an online request form for an accessible version of the material. A printable PDF version of the form is also available and may be submitted to any library Service Desk.


To meet the requirements of the AODA Information and Communication Standards for digital and multimedia resources by January 1, 2020, films purchased for the Beryl Ivey Library collection are either captioned or captionable and/or include audio descriptions. Material purchased prior to August 2015 may not meet accessibility standards but, upon request, the library will endeavor to acquire an accessible copy.