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Student Disability Services

Access Media Resources

From Cornell Student Disability Services

  • Hardware/Software Loan
    Students registered with Student Disability Services may qualify to receive software or hardware on a temporary basis from SDS. If students are receiving software on their personal device, it must be installed and uninstalled in the SDS office. Each request is reviewed individually. Speak to your SDS counselor if you have questions.
  • Access Technology Consultation
    Student Disability Services will provide free consultation to any Cornell student seeking information on access (assistive) technology resources and products. The student does not have to be registered with SDS to receive a consultation. Interested students should contact Cyrus Hamilton in the SDS office.
  • Submitting Requests for Accessible Formats
    Students receiving accessible format accommodations through SDS must submit an accessible format request form. Please allow up to 21 business days to receive published material.
  • Follow the AMRC on Twitter
    The Access Media Resource Center is on Twitter! Follow us to stay informed on news, technologies, and events related to accessibility.

On the Cornell Campus

  • Access Technology on Campus (Ithaca Campus)
    Through a partnership with CU Libraries and Cornell Information Technology, access (assistive) technology is located in most CIT labs and CU Libraries on campus. Click here to find access technologies near you.
  • Bookshare
    Students registered with SDS are eligible to receive a free Bookshare account. Bookshare is an online repository of digital text. They have over 250,000 titles that are available in Daisy and Braille formats. Students who are interested in learning more about Bookshare should contact Cyrus Hamilton at, or visit More information about using Bookshare is available here:
  • HathiTrust
    Cornell is part of an international partnership of research institutions that operates a digital repository of library books. Students with a print disability, AND who is registered with SDS can qualify to receive digital full-text (enhanced access)of Cornell Library holdings. For more information on Hathitrust at Cornell, visit

Digital Print Resources

  • ebrary
    ebrary hosts more than 750,000 ebook documents, operating on a model of “strategic” e-book acquisition and streamlined ordering.
  • Project Gutenberg
    Project Gutenberg offers over 45,000 free epub books or free kindle books, which can be downloaded or read online.
  • SafariX
    Safari Books Online provides (paid) online access to books, videos, and tutorials from O’Reilly, Peachpit, New Riders, Adobe Press, Totaly Training, and others.
  • VIRGO (University of Virginia)
    VIRGO is a catalog resource from the University of Virginia for books, print journals, DVDs, maps, and digitized materials.

Other Online Resouces

  • American Foundation for the Blind
    AFB provides resources and support to individuals with vision loss and their families, as well as to businesses, employers, and professionals who provide services to blind and visually impaired people. Services include a set of fully accessible websites, evaluations of mainstream and specialized technology, and tools for professional development.
  • American Printing House for the Blind (Louis Database)
    The American Printing House for the Blind is the world’s largest company devoted solely to researching, developing, and manufacturing products for people who are blind and visually impaired. It designs and manufactures textbooks and magazines in braille, large print, recorded, and digital formats, as well as recreational and daily living products.
  • Learning Ally
    Learning Ally is an online resource for students with dyslexia and other language-based learning disabilities. It offers members support services such as webinars and consultations, as well as access to more than 80,000 audiobooks.
  • National Library Service (Library of Congress)
    NLS administers a free library program of braille and audio materials circulated to eligible borrowers in the United States by postage-free mail. Specially designed phonographs and cassette players are also loaned free to persons who borrow talking books from their library.