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Access for All

We try to buy all core books on reading lists in an electronic format, if available, as well as in print. However, not all electronic material is accessible.

If you need image-only PDF files, scanned documents, pictures of text and Microsoft PowerPoint presentations in an alternative format, you can use RoboBraille to convert it into a wide range of formats, including EPUB, PDF, DAISY and MP3.

Step 1: Check our eBook collections

Many of our books are available in eBook format please check our collections first to make sure the materials are accessible to you.

  • Check your reading list by searching on the Reading List System for the module code.
  • You can search for eBooks using Library Search by going to the Books, Music and Films tab and select Full Text Online under Show Only.
  • Many eBook platforms have embedded accessibility features such as zoom and 'read aloud'. 
  • Please contact us if you need help with finding and accessing eBooks

If the required text is only available in print or if the commercial eBook is not suitable please see step 2 below for more options for obtaining alternative format files.

Step 2: Request another alternative format

If accessible materials are not commercially available, we will make an application to the publisher or via RNIB Bookshare for alternative format files. Where electronic files or alternative formats are not available we may be able to make an in-house accessible copy of essential reading items where this is reasonable. Please note that complex material can take longer to reformat.

To make a request

  • The Library will receive your referral for alternative formats from your Disability or Dyslexia Support tutor
  • We will contact you to discuss further which materials you need and formats available. An appointment in person can be arranged if preferred.

In order to process your request:

  • we must have a print copy of the material in our library collection
  • the item must be on your reading list
  • you must be registered with the Disability Support or Dyslexia Support Unit and eligible for alternative formats.

Please note requests can take up to 6-8 weeks, please make your requests in good time before your module starts.

If you would prefer to discuss your needs prior to making a request, please email

Alternative formats are for personal study only, for the duration of your course and must not be shared. A full list of usage terms will be sent to you with each alternative format.

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