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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 Services 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 informationspecialists@plymouth.ac.uk  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 collectionservices@plymouth.ac.uk. Please note: requests can take up to six weeks to arrive.

NEW Alternative Formats Software - SensusAccess

      A new university-wide service has been launched. SensusAccess allows you to automatically convert documents into a range of alternative media including audio books (MP3 and DAISY), e-books (EPUB,       EPUB3 and Mobi) and digital Braille. The service can also be used to convert inaccessible documents such as image-only PDF files, JPG pictures and Microsoft PowerPoint presentations into more accessible       formats.

      Simply follow the four-step process to convert your file. Make sure to use your University email address as the converted file format will be delivered to your inbox in approximately 10 minutes.


   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 libraryandITenquiries@plymouth.ac.uk

Telephone: 01752 588588

Alternative formats requests: collectionservices@plymouth.ac.uk


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Modified 13/12/2019