Alternate format texts

If you have a print-based disability, you can access your texts and course packs in different formats.  Use text-to-speech software to listen to electronic versions of text material. Electronic text can also be used with refreshable Braille display for Braille users.

It can take up to eight weeks to access some alternate format textbooks.  You, your instructors, CAL and other partners on campus all have a role to play.

For alternative format materials to be provided, you must:

  1. be officially registered in the course for which the text is required and be registered with the CAL
  2. provide documentation of a disability which demonstrates a barrier to accessing traditional print material
  3. provide proof of purchase of the text material in question

Your role: If you need your books and other information in a different format, you need to contact our coordinator of alternative text at or 250-472-4311.

Our role: After you contact us, the coordinator will immediately begin processing your alternative text requests. You must be registered with the CAL, be in the course for which you’re requesting material, and provide proof of purchase of the text material you need.

Instructor’s role: Submit your text requests to the bookstore as early as possible.

The McPherson Library will assist you with other materials such as reserve readings or other materials they hold.  The Library subscribes to a number of electronic text services that provide full text versions of some texts, articles and journals. For more information visit the McPherson Library.