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Detailed Neurodiverse User's Guide to the Library: Sensory

For neurodiverse users, by a neurodiverse librarian.

Sensory friendly library use

Short version here


As much as possible, we have made the online library sensory friendly. 

We tried to strike a balance between sufficient contrast for low-vision users, but not so much contrast that it would bother people with migraines, or who see a shimmer effect. We also used the Verdana font because it is a common font installed in all browsers by default, and is dyslexia-friendly - and unlike some of the fonts designed specifically to be dyslexia friendly, it doesn't seem to trigger migraines. Wherever we have access to stylesheets, we have also adjusted line spacing slightly for greater readability.

On a desktop or laptop computer: 

If you need to change the colors or font:

If you need to reduce visual distractions: 

  • There are browser plugins that will convert most web pages to a simple, single column format of text (and images, if there are any on the source page.) Some allow you to change contrast, font, and font size too. The links will still work.

If you have trouble reading on a screen

If you need to find something without visually scanning:

  • On any page, use Ctrl F (press both keys at the same time) to bring up a page search dialog box. Type the text that you want to find in that box and press Enter to be taken to the first instance of that text on the page. Continue to press Enter to go through all the instances of that text on the page.
    • For example, on the library homepage, you can press Ctrl F and type in Article and press Enter to get to the Article Databases link without having to visually scan the page for it. 

On a phone, tablet, or other mobile device: 

Android accessibility features (phone and tablet)

iPhone and iPad accessibility features