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ACE (Accessible Content E-Portal)

ACE is a new service from Scholars Portal, which supports students with print disabilities at participating universities in Ontario by providing access to library books in five different accessible formats through an online platform.

Downloading books

This page describes how to download books from ACE in accessible formats. Please use the links below to jump to a particular section, or browse them all by scrolling further.

Downloading an entire book

To download a copy of a book from ACE, click on the title of a book from the search results page to open the individual page for the book. Please note, books can only be downloaded one at a time.

Screenshot demonstrating how to open the individual page for a book

If you are correctly logged in, five download links will be presented to the right of the cover image on the book page. If there are no download links and you are getting prompted for an access code, please see the tutorial on logging in.

Screenshot highlighting the download links for all five accessible formats

Every book in ACE is available for download in five accessible formats: colour PDF, black & white PDF, DAISY, plain text file (TXT), and ePub. More details about each of these formats can be found in the FAQs.

If you need an ACE book converted into a KESI (Kurzweil) file or an MP3, or need help opening or using a book you have download from ACE, please ask your local ACE coordinator for assistance.

Downloading individual chapters

Downloading chapters

Whenever possible, ACE will automatically split a book up into individual chapters so you can download them separately. Individual chapters are listed below the five download links for the whole book, underneath the Table of Contents heading.

Screenshot highlighting download links for individual chapters

Below each chapter title, there will be a link labelled PDF. Click on this link if you would like to download the corresponding chapter. Please note, individual chapter downloads are only provided as colour PDFs. They are not available in the other four formats.

Troubleshooting chapters

Books are split into chapters and titled automatically by the ACE system. Chapter downloads can only be created for books that contain a Table of Contents, so if the book itself does not contain a Table of Contents, chapter downloads will not be generated. Examples of books that might not include a Table of Contents are older or non-traditional books.

Unfortunately, the system isn't perfect, so sometimes chapter downloads don't show up correctly even for books that do have a Table of Contents. If you're having trouble with chapter downloads, for example, the individual chapter files are missing or incomplete, or the chapter titles are filled with strange symbols and characters instead of being useful, please let us know through the Report a Problem form embedded directly in ACE. This way we can make sure we are aware of the problem right away, so you can get the files you need as soon as possible.