ARACU provides alternative formats to printed material, as well as some advice on assistive software. We work closely with the Disability Advisory Service.
We provide material in:
- electronic text (fully marked Word documents and PDF text)
- DAISY audio (human voice with structure)
- tactile diagrams
We support readers with a print impairment such as a visual impairment, dyslexia or other impairments that prevent the person from using print books.
The unit is based in Osney One Building in Osney Mead.
Using this service
If you are a student, you must be referred to ARACU by the Disability Advisory Service (DAS) to use this service.
Once you have been referred, we will meet with you to discuss your needs, your reading lists and take it from there.
If you are not an Oxford University student, ARACU may be able to support you, subject to capacity. We may charge for the service on a cost-recovery basis.
You can read our terms of service below or download the terms of service in PDF format.
We can only process requests for alternative formats if the material is held in the University's libraries or you have lawful access by other means, e.g. a personal copy or a copy provided via inter-library loan.
If you request material that is available through the Bodleian Libraries’ collections as an accessible electronic resource, we will supply the hyperlink or a downloaded section.
Find out more about conversions to Braille.
For material in alternative formats, delivery times depend on:
- the material you need
- the quantity of material
- what format you would like it in
- where the material is in libraries
- how quickly you send reading lists to us
We will need to carry out the work before your course begins. We provide work for several people and we need to order books from various libraries and coordinate reading lists. If you provide us with the dates of your tutorials, we usually send material to you at least one week before the week you need it.
The average turnaround times for alternative format material are:
- audio recordings: 6 - 8 weeks
- Word files: 3 - 4 weeks
- PDF scans: 1 - 2 weeks
- Braille: 1 - 2 weeks
- Files provided by publishers: 1 - 3 weeks
If you are an Oxford University student, you will not be charged for using this service.
We do charge for work on behalf of departments, colleges and external users, at cost-recovery rates. We never make a profit.
Access to libraries
If you are having difficulties with access to one of the Bodleian Libraries, please contact the Disability Librarian.
The Access Guide provides more information about access to buildings across the University, including libraries.