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E-Books: Reading and Downloading: Accessibility Options

This guide will teach you how navigate, read, and download books from the Library's subscription e-book providers.

Text to Speech with Unity Reader

Installing the ebrary Unity Reader

Unity Reader supports text-to-speech and other accessibility options. 

Installing the Unity Reader on Windows

Before you install the Unity Reader on Windows, prepare your system.

To prepare for installation on Windows

  1. Reboot your computer.
  2. Delete temporary Internet files, cache files, and cookies from your browser.
  3. Click My Settings and choose ebrary Unity Reader as your preferred reader.
  4. Make sure that you have Java 1.6 installed, as follows:
    • In Windows Control Panels, open the Java control panel
    • On the General tab, click the About button to check the version number.
  5. If you do not have Java 1.6, download it from

You need administrator privileges on your computer to install Java 1.6. If you do not have administrator privileges, contact your IT administrator.

Note: If you are planning on using Internet Explorer 8, update your Java installation to the latest release. During testing, Unity Reader installation was successful with Java 1.6.13 but not with some earlier versions of Java.

To install the ebrary Unity Reader on Windows

  1. After you have confirmed that you have Java 1.6, go to the ebrary website.
  2. The first time you click a document to open it, ebrary Unity Reader installation begins.
  3. In the installation dialog box, click Install.
  4. Click Accept to accept the License Agreement.
  5. Click a document to open it.

Important: It might take about 20 seconds for the ebrary Unity Reader to open and display the first document. If you click your document again, another reader window opens.

Using ebrary in Accessibility Mode

Using ebrary in Accessibility Mode

If you use assistive technologies such as screen readers, ebrary offers accessibility mode for easy of navigation. In accessibility mode, some display pages show more or less detail and check boxes have been adjusted for ease of use.

To turn on accessibility mode:

  1. Go to the site and click My Settings in the top right corner.
  2. With the Settings tab selected (the default), scroll down to Choose your accessibility mode.
  3. Click the Display pages in accessibility mode check box.
  4. Click Set Preferences


Accessibility mode results in a number of changes that are not explicitly highlighted in this Help system. Changes to advanced search, the Search page, and the Bookshelf are most noticeable.

Note If you need a screen reader enabled for ebrary QuickView, see your librarian. See Enabling the Screen Reader for additional information.

Advanced Search Page in Accessibility Mode

The Search page has been organized for easy navigation. Instead of buttons for adding search fields, it offers the following preset fields:

  • Three text fields which default to a Text and Key field, a Subject field, and a Title field. Each field is user selectable. For example, you could change the first field to Title and the second field to Author or Publisher.
  • A number field that defaults to Dewey Decimal Number but can be changed to ISBN, LC Call Number, or Publication Year.
  • A set of check boxes for Document Type, Document Language, and Collection.

Bookshelf in Accessibility Mode

The bookshelf contains a list of numbered folders. You can reorder folders using the numbers and assign documents to folders by specifying the document numbers.

To add a document to a folder in your bookshelf:

  1. Add the document to your bookshelf.
    In an ebrary reader, choose InfoTools > Add To Bookshelf or annotate the book with a note.
  2. Click the Bookshelf tab.
  3. Click the File this book button to the right of the document title.
  4. Select the check box that files the book and all its annotations, or select one or more check boxes for filing individual annotations, then select the check box for the folder or folders to which you want to move the selection and click Move

To remove a book from a folder

  • Tab to the red check box next to the book and select it.

To reorder folders:

  1. In the Bookshelf tab, change one or more numbers in the boxes to the left of the folder name.
  2. Click Reorder folders.