What accessibility tools do you have on library computers?


Accessibility, when referring to the design of software, refers to the practice of designing software so that people of all abilities and disabilities have equal access to information and functionality. Some software is specifically designed to make other software accessible to users who, for example, are sight-impaired for example. The following accessibility tools are available on our computers:


The OpenDyslexic font is installed on our public computers. On a Free Internet public computer you can create or edit a document and use OpenDyslexic from the available fonts menu.

The OpenDyslexic Chrome extension is installed on our public computers. To activate in the Chrome web browser select the extensions tool bar icon (it looks like a jigsaw puzzle on the right-side of the address bar), then select OpenDyslexic.


Magnifier is included as part of Windows. Magnifier splits the window you are viewing into two; the top half of the window displays the selected text in a larger font.

  • To use magnifier, go to Start > All Programs > Accessories > Ease of Access > Magnifier.
  • To quit, click Exit or press Alt-X.

Is screen magnification software installed on the public PCs?

Yes. Magnifying Glass software is installed to assist people with visual disabilities.

  • To use it go to Start > All Programs > Accessories > Ease of Access > Magnifying Glass.
  • To exit from, or restart Magnifying Glass use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl-ALT-G.

To change options such as the zoom level and size, right-click the Magnifying Glass icon in the system tray in the bottom right corner of your screen.

Help is available from Microsoft.


Narrator is a screen reader utility included in Microsoft Windows. The visually impaired can use it to read dialogue boxes and window controls.

To use Narrator, go to Start > Programs > Accessories > Ease of Access > Narrator.

NVDA - Non Visual Desktop Access

Free, open-source screen reader installed on our public computers. Use keyboard shortcut Windows S to Windows Search for the NVDA application

  • Type nvda
  • When NVDA is selected press enter to run it
  • To quit NVDA use the keyboard shortcut Insert Q

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