Library Support for Student Accessibility Services

Student Accessibility Services

LIbrary Research Guides

Not sure where to start? Search our guides to find the best resources on a subject or for a specific course.

sample searches: business, anthropology, HLTH 22800, global warming, music history

Library Resources: Text-to-Speech Services

Several of the Library's databases offer TEXT-TO-SPEECH capabilities - journal articles and ebook chapters can be read aloud to you.

Ebrary ebook database:
After you click on the book title, you will be viewing the book in the Quickview mode.
  •  You will need to download the Unity Reader (Click on the ebrary Reader button next to the document title).
  •  After the Reader has been installed, click on the “Speech” tab just to the right of the TOC and Notes tabs.
  •  Highlight the text to be read aloud.
  •  To begin having the text read aloud, click on the speech-bubble icon button.
  •  To stop the text being read aloud, re-click that same button (it now shows an x in it)  There are buttons to pause, skip back one sentence, and skip ahead one sentence. There are also options for a male or female voice (Bob or Alice) and for controlling the pitch and speed.

Ebsco Databases:

Locate an article in HTML format you would like to have read to you.

From the Accent Drop-Down Menu, select an accent in which you would like the article to be read.

From the Reading Speed Drop-Down Menu, select a reading speed in which you would like the article to be read.

Check the Listen Button to hear the article read aloud.


Click the Download MP3 link to download an MP3 file of the article being read to your computer.

Note:  The Listen and Download MP3 functions are also available in the Academic OneFile Database.

Click the Help Link  to view instructions on using Text-to-Speech in your browser window.

You can also highlight the text you want read aloud and click Listen.


Click on the Link to open the article and Go to "View" in the Menu Bar

Chose "Read Out Loud" and Click on "Activate Read Out Loud"

Contact Us

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Lisabeth Chabot

College Librarian
(607) 274-3182

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Ask the Experts

For help with your research projects, our Liaison librarians are here to assist!   Research assistance is available in person, via email, chat, and telephone.

DVDs with Closed Captions

Many of the DVD and VHS titles in the Library's collection are available with Close Captioning and English subtitles.  All media is available at the Multimedia Services Desk.  Viewing and Listening Stations with DVD and CD players are available next to Multimedia Services.  

Headphones are available at the Main Circulation Desk.  

See this list of Media with Closed Captioning 

Audio Books

The Library has a collection of current fiction and nonfiction books in CD and MP3 formats.  They are shelved on the Main Floor across from the Circulation Desk.