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Closed captioning

To allow equal access to the HKU Libraries' resources, user can access the content in a way that works best for them. 

For example, the Libraries has enabled closed captions and audio transcripts for Zoom webinars, users with hearing impairment can turn on the feature as needed.

The Zoom Closed Caption button marked with "CC"


Check out the Libraries' online training resources.

Web Accessibilty

Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) provides recommendations for making web content accessible to a wider range of people. It covers accommodations for various disabilities and addresses accessibility on different internet devices. Following the WCAG, the HKU Libraries website is designed for everyone, including persons with disabilities. 

The Libraries website includes features that allow users to rescale the font size and the color contrast to accommodate their specific needs. For example, the font size can be enlarged for users with mild visual impairment.

The Libraries website using the smallest font The Libraries website using the largest font

Also, the color contrast can be changed to high contrast for users with low vision.

The Libraries website using high contrast


The Web Accessibility Recognition Scheme, initiated by the Office of the Government Chief Information Officer (OGCIO) and the Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC), aims to promote the adoption of web accessibility design in websites and mobile applications in Hong Kong.

The logo for the HK web accessibility website


The Libraries website has received the "Triple Gold Award" continuously in the Web Accessibility Recognition Scheme for winning the “Gold Awards” for the third consecutive year. For more information about our website accessibility, please visit HKUL Web Accessibility Page.

Smart City Walk

Partnered with Hong Kong Blind Union, the indoor navigation mobile application “Smart City Walk 逍遙行”, covers the Main Library and the Branch Libraries besides over 100 other indoor venues in Hong Kong.

“Smart City Walk” provides real-time navigation through visual and audio instructions. It also helps people with disabilities locate their current positions and any accessible routes in indoor venues. You are welcome to download this mobile application for free on the app store.


  The interface of Smart City Walk app  


For more information about “Smart City Walk”, please visit the GATE website.

Assistive Devices

These assistive devices are available for loan in the Main Library.


OrCam Read

OrCam Read is a handheld device with a smart camera that seamlessly reads text from any printed surface or digital screen.

An OrCam Read in its packaging; the OrCam Read, a rectangular device with a rounded tip, is in the box.

Check availability at the Find@HKUL OrCam Read Record


OrCam MyEye Pro

OrCam MyEye Pro is a voice activated device that attaches to virtually any glasses. It can instantly read to you text from a book, smartphone screen or any other surface and recognize faces. OrCam MyEye conveys visual information audibly, in real-time and offline.

An OrCam MyEye Pro in its packaging; the OrCam MyEye Pro, a cylindrical device, a pair of glasses, and the menu for the device are in the box.

Check availability at the Find@HKUL OrCam MyEye Pro Record


Focus 40 Blue Braille Display

The Focus Blue line of refreshable braille displays provides a tactile interface to computer. It has 40 refreshable braille cells and requires the use of a screen reader such as JAWS for Windows.

A braille display with coloured thumb keys and 8-dot Braille keyboard.

Accessibility Tools

Adobe InDesign​

Adobe InDesign enables features such as built-in accessibility checkers, support for alt text, and the ability to export documents to accessible PDF and EPUB formats.

Adobe Acrobat Pro​

Adobe Acrobat Pro enables features such as text-to-speech conversion, accessible formats, and built-in accessibility checkers.


They are available at the computers installed with Adobe Creative Cloud :​

Technology Zone, Level 3 Main Library: ​Computer no. 74, 75 

Book the computers in the Book a Space Computer Booking Page.


Library Innovation Centre, 2/F Main Library: ​6 iMac and 3 PCs 

Check availability at the Software List provided by the Media Services.