Access Support


Monash Libraries have numerous technologies and supports in place to make reading, communicating and using the library's public computers more accessible for people who have a range of needs. 


Resources & Services

Windows 11 Accessibility support is available on some computers at all branches except Mulgrave Library.

Windows 11 accessibility features include:

  • Adjusting icons and mouse to improve visibility 
  • Narrator including accessing Braille. The screen-reading app, Narrator, offers simplified navigation and intelligent image description
  • Magnifyer:  Enlarge words and images
  • Colour Themes: boost contrast or get rid of colour entirely—whether you have colourblindness, light sensitivity, or a visual preference, with colour filters you can customise your screen's colour palette
  • Big Keys Keyboard: A standard keyboard with letter, numbers and icons in large sized font, making keys easier to see and press. All with a large trackball mouse. Glen Waverley Library also has a keyguard.
  • Adjustable Computer Table: To accommodate wheelchair access or for other reasons. 
  • Live captions for hearing impaired.

Other accessibility features available:

  • Communication Board: Pictorial communication symbols on laminated sheets for people who cannot talk or who have speech that is difficult to understand. Clayton and Glen Waverley have these available in Chinese.
  • Home Library Service for Monash residents who are unable to visit our libraries: Home delivery, loans to residential facilities. Contact the Positive Ageing Librarian on (03) 9518 3030 to discuss.
  • Large Print Books: Unabridged versions of standard print books using a larger sized type.
  • Books on CD: Audio books, both fiction and non-fiction are available to borrow.
  • Digital Books: A range of audio books for children and adults that can be read or listened to on your computer.
  • Magnifying Equipment: Perspex sheet placed over book or other resources to magnify size of text.
  • Special characters: The public computers are configured to enable input of the Community Languages of the Monash area. 
  • Hearing loop systems (also called audio-frequency induction loops, AFILs or hearing loops): These are an aid for the hard of hearing. They are a loop of cable around a designated area, which generates a magnetic field picked up by a hearing aid. There is a loop area in all branches.
  • Recharge Point: An accessible power point with appropriate space adjacent for electric scooters and wheelers to recharge.

BorrowBox Accessibility Features

  • Dyslexic users - a special font is available for Apple IOS and Android that makes it easier for dyslexic users to read
  • Playback speed - adjustable playback speed means that everyone can listen to eAudiobooks at their own pace
  • Visually impaired users - the entire app is optimisied for use with Apple's VoiceOver technology

Communication Access

Communications Access Symbol Scope Monash Public Library Service has been accredited as Communication Access friendly by Scope Australia.