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Alternative Formats

Alternative Formats

The alternative formats service and equipment is available for users who have a visual impairment or other condition, including a learning difficulty such as dyslexia, making it difficult to access printed texts.

You must be registered with Disability Assist (DAS) to use the service/equipment.

Alternative Formats Service

We will endeavour to provide you with books from the core reading list for your course in an accessible PDF format (subject to availability). If the text you require is not a core text, please email  to discuss your requirements.

Text books in an alternative format are sourced from the publisher and are for your sole use only.

Email a completed form (attached at the bottom of this page) for each request to Please note: requests can take up to six weeks to arrive.

Alternative Formats Equipment

Students, staff and support workers can use the equipment and software, located on Level 1 of the library, to produce their own alternative formats material.

Instructions are provided. Please ask at the Information Desk on Level 1 if you need further assistance.

Book scanner
The specialist book scanner provides high quality, large format scanning of books and documents up to A3 size, and is connected to a PC with Optical Character Recognition (OCR) software.

OCR software
ABBYY FineReader converts scanned printed text or protected pdf files into editable, accessible electronic formats compatible with screen reading software such as TextHelp Read & Write. 

Video Magnifier
This enables visually impaired users to view printed text to a high magnification. Users can set their own preferences for background colour and text colour. Text can also be viewed in windows or columns. 

TextHelp Read & Write
This text to speech software is installed on all University PCs. It reads aloud text from word documents, pdfs, email and the web, and includes many other features such as spell checker, homophone checker and word prediction.

Further training and guidance on how to use the equipment can be given by appointment.

Contact Details

General enquiries

Telephone: 01752 588588

Alternative formats requests:

Modified 15/03/2017
Author: Hale, Fiona