Answered By: Susan Smith
Last Updated: 02 Aug 2016

Some students require their textbooks to be provided in an accessible format, usually electronic, due to a print impairment. This term refers to students who cannot access printed text, usually due to a visual, Specific Learning Difficulty or physical impairment.

You may find the Library’s ever increasing collection of ebooks useful.  Ebooks are digital versions of printed books.  The main advantage of ebooks is that they can be read online 24/7 using PCs, laptops and some tablets and smartphones.  More information about our ebooks including how to access them can be found on the Library website ebooks page

However some ebooks may still not be accessible to you or may not work with your assistive software.  The Library can ask the publishers to provide accessible electronic formats of the books.  These usually take the form of PDF files which enable you to view the book on a computer screen and use screen reading technology to have the book read aloud.  They also enable you to change the format of the book such as text size, font style and colour.  An assessment of the need for this service will be made by Disability Advisers / Needs Assessors and will be detailed in your Assessment of Needs / Reasonable Adjustment Plan. 

If you haven't been recommended this service but feel you would benefit from it, contact your Disability Adviser to have your needs assessed.

Once you have been recommended this service the Library will work in partnership with course teams and you to obtain the books on your resource lists (reading lists) in an accessible format.   

If you are eligible for this service the Library Learning Support Officer (Sue Smith) will be in touch with you to explain more about the service.  Once your files have arrived at the Library, the Learning Support Officer will show you how to get the most from the files using specialist software, for example JAWS or Read and Write, to ensure they meet your access requirements.

We can also show you how to scan, make audio files and use the features within PDF files so you can use the reading materials in a more flexible way to suit your needs.

These files are for your own personal use and should not be further copied or distributed to / shared with other students.


Please note, the responsibility for ensuring the accessibility of course documents, such as the module handbook, lies with the course team. 

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