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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.

  • JAWS - Most popular screen reader in the visually impaired community. Allows text to speech and full keyboard compatibility. Also allows voice operated access to computer functions.
  • 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.
  • Dragon Naturally Speaking - voice recognition software that turns speech into text via a headset attached to the computer - only available in Group Study Rooms 1, 2, 1A, 2A & 5. Headsets are available from the Borrower Services Desk.


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
  • Ergonomic roller ball mouse – 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