Students with Disabilities

Service Statement

The Vancouver Community College library is committed to making our library accessible to students, faculty and staff with disabilities. We strive to reduce barriers by delivering high quality services, responsive to the needs of all library patrons. Staff can facilitate access to adaptive technology available at both campuses, and can assist in seeking and retrieving materials. We will respect the independence and privacy of individuals when providing support.

Alternate Format Collection

The Alternate Format Collection (AFC) contains materials in Braille, DAISY, audiobooks and described DVDs. To find materials in the AFC, use the VCC Library catalogue’s  Advanced Search.

  • For books in Braille: Enter the keyword "Braille" and from the Collection drop-down box, choose Alternate Format
  • For Audiobooks: From the Format drop-down box, choose Audio Book
  • For DAISY books: Enter the keyword "DAISY" and from the Collection drop-down box, choose Alternate Format
  • For Described DVDs: Enter the keyword "Video recordings for people with visual disabilities"

Items in the Alternate Format Collection may be borrowed for four weeks and renewed three times. Described DVDs may be borrowed for one week and renewed once.

In addition to the AFC, the Library has eBook and streaming video collections on a wide variety of topics. 

TechnologyFunctionBroadway CampusDowntown Campus
For Students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing:
TDD/TTY Interactive teletypewriter, for typed telephone communication Library - Main floor
Public phone, 3rd floor
Public phone, 2nd floor
For Students with Visual or Print Impairment:
Scanner Scans printed material Library - Main floor Library
Learning Centre
Photocopier Enlarge print size of text Library - Main floor
Library - Upstairs
OpenBook Software: convert scanned material to e-text Library - Main floor  
ZOOMText Software: enlarge print on computer monitor Library - Main floor

Learning Centre

JAWS Software: read print from computer monitor Library - Main floor Library
Learning Centre
Victor Reader Classic+ Play digital talking books (DAISY books) Library - Service Desk  
Telex Cassette player/recorder Plays and records cassette tapes Library - Service Desk  

For assistance, please email or call 604.871.7323.