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Accessibility at Memorial Library

ProQuest e-Books: Accessibility

Ebook Central is designed for patrons with accessibility needs, particularly the blind and visually impaired. EBook Central is committed to targeting AA conformance level to W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.0) for features and functions. 

Screen readers recommended for use with ProQuest Ebooks:

  • Major screen readers (JAWS and VoiceOver) for reading the contents of a web or ebook reader page aloud.

Information for blind and low-vision users:

  • ProQuest's screen reader supports JAWS and VoiceOver for reading the contents of a web or ebook reader page aloud.
  • ​Browser magnification to increase the entire screen and make content more visible.
  • ​Keyboard navigation so that pages can be negotiated without the use of a mouse.
  • Interface colors that meet AA standards for contrast and background colors that may be inverted.
  • Font colors that may be changed in downloaded PDFs.
  • Availability of the ProQuest Ebook Central Accessibility Mode.

Information for users with dyslexia:

  • Researchers can now change the font for the Ebook Central interface to OpenDyslexic, an open-source typeface designed to combat symptoms of dyslexia, directly from the Profile page.
  • To turn this feature on, follow the steps above to access your Profile and then check "Use OpenDyslexic typeface" and click the Save Changes button. 

Information for deaf users:

  • ProQuest Ebook Central does not contain audio content so deaf users do have access to the full range of content included in any ProQuest ebook.
  • Informational videos do provide CC subtitles. Once a video is launched, click on the "CC" icon at the bottom left of the video display to turn subtitles on.

See this video demonstration of Proquest's accessibility options for further information.