Using library materials
All Bodleian Libraries offer Print, Copy and Scan (PCAS) facilities, which allow you to make copies and scans of permitted library material. If you receive the Disabled Students' Allowance, you can print receipts from PCAS devices to redeem your costs via DSA.
You are also welcome to use personal digital cameras (including smartphones) and scanners in the libraries, subject to library rules.
Materials in alternative formats
If you are unable to use printed materials, our Accessible Resources Unit (ARACU) may be able to provide you with content in alternative formats.
Non-print legal deposit
The current interface for non-print legal deposit (also known as electronic legal deposit) is inaccessible for assistive technology users. Whilst a new access solution is being developed, the Disability Librarian can download materials from this collection so that readers can access them on their own computers equipped with assistive technology. To verify eligibility or place a request, please contact the Disability Librarian with details of your request.
HathiTrust Accessible Text Request Service
The HathiTrust Digital Library is a digital preservation repository and access platform, hosting digitised content from a variety of sources, including Google, the Internet Archive, Microsoft, and in-house member institution initiatives.
The Accessible Text Request Service allows the Bodleian Libraries to download accessible copies of materials available in HathiTrust’s collections if the Libraries own a print copy of the item. It is available to all University members who have a print impairment that affects how they are able to use print. To verify eligibility or place a request, please contact the Disability Librarian with details of your request. This service is available to University members only.
The Bodleian Libraries manage the University’s RNIB Bookshare account. RNIB Bookshare is a database of accessible texts available to print disabled people, created to support learners to access curriculum material. The database contains almost 1 million titles from fiction, such as Harry Potter or Bridgerton, to legal textbooks and other academic material. The books available are DRM-free and can be downloaded in a variety of formats including PDF, EPUB, Word and audio. To verify eligibility or request a membership, please contact the Disability Librarian with details of your request. RNIB Bookshare service is available to University members only.