Starting May 6th through summer 2024, Chancellor Paterson Library’s 3rd, 4th and 5th floors will be closed to replace the building’s heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system. For more information on our available services click here.

In Orillia, the library has locations in both the downtown Heritage Place building, and in the Orillia Academic building at University Avenue. The Heritage Place building has an elevator, accessible washrooms, and parking for persons with disabilities. The accessible front entrance (at Colborne and West streets) has automatic doors. The back entrance, near the parking lot, has ramp access.

The Orillia Academic building on University Avenue has automatic doors, accessible washrooms and entrances, and accessible parking.

Many of the disability services provided by the main campus in Thunder Bay are also available at the Orillia Campus Libraries. Please contact library staff for information:

  • Harvie Legacy Library (Simcoe Hall) 705-330-4010 ext. 2250
  • Orillia Education Library 705-330-4010 ext 2252
  • Email

At both campuses, workstations for students in wheelchairs are available to provide access to the Library’s online catalogue and electronic resources. Photocopiers at both libraries can scan to email, a useful tool for students using assistive software like Kurzweil.

A magnifying sheet can be borrowed at the circulation desk at both libraries by anyone trying to read small print.

Student Affairs, located at University Avenue, has an adaptive technology lab. Available adaptive equipment includes Kurzweil, Dragon, Zoom Text and Inspiration. Students can be trained and supported on this equipment by the Disability/Academic Skills Advisor. Library staff can easily visit students working with this equipment to assist them with article searching and or other Library research skills.

Alternative formats for textbooks are available through the Disability/Academic Skills Advisor. Please note that this service must be arranged well in advance of the course start date. Please call (705) 330-4010 ext. 2103, or email to get more information about alternative format textbooks, or to get more information about the Orillia Disability and Academic Skills office.