What is the Alternative Formats service?

The Library can work in partnership with you and your course team to obtain books on your reading lists in an accessible format from the publishers.

These are usually PDF files which can be viewed on a computer screen and read aloud using screen reading or text-to-speech technology. They also enable you to change the format of the book e.g. text size, font colour. 

Once your files have arrived at the Library, the Learning Support Officer will show you how to get the most from them using specialist software, such as JAWS or Read & 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.

If you are eligible for this service the Library Learning Support Officer (Sue Smith) will contact you to explain more about the service.