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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.

Listen to this page!

You can make the text on this page read aloud when using the Edge web browser - right-click anywhere on the page and choose Read Aloud, or use the A)) symbol in the search bar at the top of the screen. The Voice Options button will appear at the top right of the screen after you launch Read Aloud.

Alternative Formats

Alternative formats service

Some library users may need alternative formats for their reading material, for example to use with their preferred assistive software. Although the library has a wide range of ebooks, we know that these may not be accessible to everyone. We will do our best to provide accessible versions of course reading material for print-impaired users (people whose disability, condition or specific learning difference makes it hard to use printed text.)

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

Library users who are eligible for this service may ask for 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, so you can browse and download any file in their database. If you don't know whether you qualify for this service, please contact your Disability Advisor in the University Disability Service, or the Library Disability Support Advisor.

Self-Service Options

Self-service options

There are various self-service options for you to get or create accessible versions of your course reading materials. (Please remember that it is always your responsibility to follow Copyright rules. More information about the exceptions to copyright law covering disabled users can be found in the library Copyright Right! guide, or you can contact the Customer Services Librarian for advice.)

Ally File Transformer allows you to upload files to convert to a variety of formats, including MP3, Beeline Reader and html (webpage format - choosing this option allows you to then open the page in Immersive Reader, with all its options for customisation of the appearance of the text.)

Microsoft Office 365, available to all students 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 also offers different ways of customizing the text in documents so that it is more accessible to you. 

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.

Physical materials (books, course handouts, journals etc.) can be scanned on library MFDs (printers) - download a guide below:

Assistive Technology


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.

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.