Alternative Formats Service

What does the service do?

We provide alternative formats for disabled students who can't access printed materials. We can reformat anything held by the library that is on the core reading list for your course.

Who is the service for?

Any UWE Bristol student who has a visual impairment, dyslexia, or other condition that makes it difficult to access text.

What alternative formats are available?

We can convert texts into:

  • PDF
  • Microsoft Word
  • DAISY book
  • Audio
  • Large font reprint

Word documents can be reformatted by changing the font type, font size and line-spacing. We can provide electronic or printed copies.

Training for you and your support worker

We can also show you or your support worker how to use library equipment to produce your own alternative formats.

How long will it take?

We aim to produce accessible PDFs within three weeks of receiving a request. Other formats, such as Word and Audio will take longer. When you make a request, we will let you know our estimated completion time and keep you up to date. It is helpful if you can give us as much notice as possible of the texts you will need, as that will help us get your reading material ready for you on time.

How do I start using the service?

Before you can start using the service, we will need to arrange an initial appointment so we can take a few details and have a quick chat about the sorts of formats you would find useful.

Please contact us to arrange this initial appointment.

Referencing alternative formats

We can provide help with referencing alternative formats versions of texts – please contact us.

Information for teaching staff

Do any of your students require items from your core reading list in an alternative format? If so, please read this additional information on requesting alternative formats for students.

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