ARACU has a roster of 15 volunteer readers who come in help us create alternative formats for disabled students at Oxford University and elsewhere. If you think you would be interested in volunteering for this service please read the following.

When and how often?

Readers come in on a weekly roster basis at a set time of two hours between 9-12 and 14-17 Monday to Friday.

What will I be working on?

Currently our volunteers are helping us with scanning materials into electronic formats. This involves using a scanner and it may also involve using Word processing tools.


When scanning, we use a very simple book scanner (Plustek Optibook) and a computer interface.

When doing audio recordings, in line with the Royal National Institute for the Blind (RNIB) we record onto compact disk (CD) in a format known as DAISY (Digital Accessible Information SYstem). This allows for better navigation through pages and chapters of an audio book, better quality of sound and each CD can contain up to 3-400 pages of text.

Audio recording requires basic operation of a DAISY recorder in a sound proof booth with a headphone and microphone set.

Training and instruction in how to use all equipment will be given and a member of ARACU staff is always on hand for help during your roster time.

Please note that due to a low volume of requests for audio, our volunteers are currently working exclusively in producing electronic text materials.


ARACU is located in the Osney One Building on the Osney Mead Industrial Estate off the Botley Road. We are 10 minutes walk from the train station. There is parking available and a mini bus regularly travels to and from the building to the Sackler Library on St. John's Street.

Who do I contact?

If you are interested and would like to talk about volunteering and set up a trial session, please contact the Disability Librarian

Your contribution to this service is very much appreciated.

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