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Accessible Format Service

The Accessible Format Service supports students and staff with assessed disabilities and specific learning differences to access library resources. The service can provide copies of publications in various formats, depending on your assessed need and the external availability. Examples include –

  • Electronic books with built-in accessibility features
  • PDFs (screen-readable)
  • Word documents
  • EPUB ebooks

Digital formats can be used with screen reading software and magnifying software. You will find suitably equipped computers in most studios and in the campus libraries.

Although every attempt will be made to provide an accessible copy of each requested resource in the relevant format, there may be occasions where this is not possible due to external causes outside our control, if so, we'll will work with you to explore alternatives.

You can use LibrarySearch to check if there is an electronic accessible copy in the University collection.

The Accessible Format Service is only available to students and staff who have been assessed with a specific learning need. If you have not been assessed, you will be referred to Disability & Specific Learning Difference or HR who will be able to tell the Library what format you need to help you succeed.

If you do not have a disability or a specific learning difference and require a scanned chapter or article from a print book or journal you can use Scan & Deliver.

If you require an accessible format contact the Gateway with your requirements.  If your library account does not indicate that you require accessible formats, the Gateway will refer you for assessment to identify which formats are best for you.

Once assessment is completed the Library will process your request.  You will be updated on progress and the Gateway will contact you once your request is complete.

It depends on the nature of your request and availability.  Accessible format requests can take anywhere between two weeks to three months to process.  You are advised to submit requests as far in advance as possible.

If there is a specific chapter or article you would like rather than an entire publication, detail this in your request as it maybe possible to process this more quickly.

Accessible copies are for your own personal study only - they must not be shared with anyone else and should be deleted once you have finished with them.