Assistive Technology and Equipment

Accessible technology

The following assistive software is available on most PCs in the Library at Queen’s. To access, just click on the red ‘Accessibility’ icon on the desktop.

  • ZoomText - reads documents, web pages and email - which the user is able to listen to using headphones or the computer's speakers. 
  • Mindview - used to generate, visualise, structure, and classify ideas, and as an aid in study, organisation, problem solving, decision making, and writing
  • Read & Write Gold - offers assistance with reading and writing.  Functions include text-to-speech, phonetic spell checker, word prediction, speaking dictionary and a scanning facility. It is a widely used and useful package for dyslexic students.

Equipment

In addition, the McClay Library also has the following equipment that may be of use to students:

  • A Zoom-ex scanner – scans, magnifies and reads aloud text. Available from the Borrower Services Desk
  • A desktop CCTV text magnifier - located on Floor 2 of the McClay Library by the Enquiry Desk
  • Height adjustable desks – located in the computer area of each floor
  • High visibility keyboard – available from the Borrower Services Desk
  • Safety steps with handrails – located by the shelving on each floor
  • Accessible self-issue terminal – located in the Short Loan area on the ground floor