Accessible Content E-portal (ACE)

Accessible Content E-Portal (ACE) is a platform that provides access to a collection of books that have been digitized and made available online in accessible forms for universities participating in the service.

Laurier users who have registered with a documented print disability through Laurier’s Accessible Learning Centre may request a token from the ALC. This token allows Laurier users to access the ACE repository plus all e-books in Scholars Portal Books that Laurier Library has access to, in alternate formats. Tokens are cancelled after graduation.

In addition, Laurier users may request alternate formats of print books owned by the Laurier Library. The alternate format version of the book will then be made available in the ACE repository. If the Laurier Library does not own a print copy of the book, please contact the ACE Coordinator, Julie Schnurr.

To request the digitization of a Laurier owned print book fill in the service request form (token from ALC is required). Please allow a minimum of one week for the book to be digitized. It is best to start your research early! The Library’s ACE Coordinator will contact you once the book is available.

Helpful links:

Login and browse the ACE Repository: https://library.wlu.ca/research-materials/databases/ace (Token required)

Search tips:

  • Look for the red link to ACE in the upper right hand corner of the login page for Scholars Portal Books.
  • Sign in to ACE using your token. Agree to the terms of service and then login.
  • Before you type a search, select the button: “Books you can read because your library owns them.”
  • Search Scholars Portal Books
  • Note the drop-down menu under the word “Anywhere”. You can choose to search by title, author or keyword.
  • Press Submit to search for book
  • From the results list, click on chosen title and download the PDF

Learn more about how ACE works: https://learn.scholarsportal.info/all-guides/aceportal/

Learn how to search ACE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IjQamzEE4z4

Access leisure reading titles through the Centre for Equitable Library Access (CELA) at Waterloo Public Library or your local public library: http://www.wpl.ca/digital-library