Accessible Resources

What are Accessible Copies?

The Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 permits educational establishments to adapt copyright works, such as books and journal articles, to make them accessible for patrons with disabilities. We can provide accessible copies in the following ways:

  • Sourcing an accessible digital file from the publisher
  • Scanning items in-house


How do I know if I qualify for this service?

To qualify for this service, you must fit the criteria of a disabled or visually impaired user as defined by the Equality Act 2010.


We can provide the following accessibility features:

  • Navigable and OCRd (Optical Character Recognition) digital copies that work with screen reading software such as JAWS and Read & Write Gold
  • Printing onto coloured paper
  • Enlarging text


How long will my request take to complete?

Scanning a request may take up to ten working days to complete and is entirely dependent on staffing levels and availability of texts in the library.


How do I request accessible copies?

In the first instance, we recommend that you book a tutorial with your Academic Liaison Librarian.  They will be able to go through your reading list with you, liaise with your tutor, and assess how our service can best meet your needs.

To place requests, please use our online form. It will help our staff if you indicate whether items are a priority, and whether you require a particular chapter of a book. This will help us to get the relevant reading to you as quickly as possible.

Please contact ILE for further information on this service.

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