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Disability Support: Alternative formats

Information about the facilities and support available within Library Services for students, staff and visitors with additional needs.

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Alternative formats service

Although the library has a wide range of ebooks, we recognise that these may not be accessible to everyone. Some library users may require alternative formats, for example to use in conjunction with their preferred assistive software. We will make every effort to provide accessible versions of course reading material for print-impaired users (those whose disability, condition or specific learning difficulty makes it difficult to use printed text.)

This may be via the RNIB Bookshare database; from individual publishers; or by scanning and digitising our own printed copies of library books.

Library users who are eligible for this service may request an accessible version of any book held by the library. There is also the option for us to set up an individual RNIB Bookshare account in your name, allowing you to download any file in their database. If you are unsure whether you qualify for this service, please contact your Disability Advisor in the University Disability Service, or the Library Disability Support Advisor.


HudStudy is a service offered by the University of Huddersfield to provide software and training for students, which can be used to help with studying and learning.

Most students can have times where studying is an uphill struggle. For some students, a condition or disability can make this even more difficult. HudStudy has been set up to provide software and other technology which can support everyone and assist with working more effectively and efficiently.

Visit the HudStudy B
rightspace module for more information about how HudStudy can support you.

Self-service options

There are various self-service options for obtaining or creating accessible versions of your course reading materials. (Please remember that it is always your responsibility to abide by Copyright regulations in this respect. More information about the exceptions to copyright law which relate to disabled users can be found in the library Copyright Right! guide, or you can contact the Customer Services Librarian for advice.)

SensusAccess is file conversion software which allows you to convert one type of file to another, such as PDF to Word, or Word to MP3, so you can access text in your preferred format; for example, listen to a book chapter on the bus, or turn a photo of a printed page into a searchable PDF file. There is video guidance available. 

Microsoft Office 365, to which all students have access through their University email accounts, has accessibility features which allow you to listen to text read aloud in Word, Outlook, PowerPoint and OneNote. Learning Tools in Word will also provide various ways of customizing the text in documents so that it is more accessible to you. 

Narrator is the built-in screen reader in Windows 10 which will read your entire computer screen aloud, including PDFs and text from e-books. (You may need to turn on 'accessibility mode' in some e-books: see guide to Accessibility in online resources).

The MS Edge browser has a built in text reader for webpages and PDFs - either right click anywhere on the page and choose "read aloud" from the menu which appears, or use the three dots at the top right corner of the screen.

A Scan to Email function is available on all library printers. You can download a guide showing you how to produce an accessible document by scanning part of a book, or a course handout, for example, and having it sent to your email address as a PDF file. 

Your responsibility to abide by copyright

The University is obliged to make staff aware of Copyright and the terms of our blanket licences by making information available via leaflets, posters and web pages. However, it is the responsibility of each individual to ensure that they do not infringe copyright.