Volunteer at ARACU

The Accessible Resources Unit (ARACU) has a roster of 15 volunteer readers who help us to create alternative formats for disabled students at the University and elsewhere. If you think you would be interested in volunteering for this service, please read the information below.

As part of our weekly roster, readers come into the Osney One unit for a period of two hours during our opening times (Monday - Friday, 9am-12pm and 2pm-5pm).

What will I be doing?

Primarily, our volunteers help us to scan materials into electronic formats. This involves using a scanner and it may also involve using Word processing tools. We use two book scanners (Plustek Optibook and BookEye) and a computer interface. You will receive training and support in your task.

Very occasionally, you many be asked to help with audio recordings. 

For audio recordings, we record onto CD in a format known as DAISY (Digital Accessible Information SYstem), in line with the Royal National Institute for the Blind (RNIB). This allows for better sound quality and better navigation through pages and chapters of an audio book. Each CD can contain up to 300–400 pages of text. Audio recording requires basic operation of a DAISY recorder in a soundproof booth with a headphone and microphone set. 

We will give you training and instruction in how to use the equipment. ARACU staff will always be on hand to help.

Where is the unit?

We are in the Osney One Building on the Osney Mead Industrial Estate off the Botley Road, about 10 minutes’ walk from the train station. Parking is available. A minibus regularly travels to and from the building to the Sackler Library on St. John's Street.

More information about the Accessible Resource Unit.

Find out more

If you are interested in volunteering and would like to find out more and set up a trial session, please contact the Disability Librarian.

Your contribution to this service is very much appreciated.