This article provides information for students with visual impairment regarding the accessibility of Library resources.
The Library has over 500,000 electronic books which provide accessibility to print materials in a form which allows for the use of screen readers or an internal reader. Our suppliers also provide individual advice to those with additional needs using their products. If you would like to test using an e-book before commencing your course contact our Additional Needs Co-ordinator Linda Jones (firstname.lastname@example.org) +44 (0)23 9284 3240.
We also provide a large amount of journal literature from 17,000 plus titles in electronic format which again can be read by screen readers or used with standard pdf accessibility tools.
We will also provide scans of individual chapters and articles from print items held in stock on an ad hoc basis. If however, you need ongoing support on a permanent basis we are happy to provide an introduction to the Library to any support worker you employ. To find out more about this service visit the Map Library on the first floor or contact Annushka Donin, our Assistant Librarian for Accessibility, who is based in the Map Library on the first floor (Annushka.Donin@port.ac.uk, +44 (0)23 9284 3630) Annushka oversees our scanning work and can advise on timescales.
The Library staff will work with you and Additional Support and Disability Advice Centre (ASDAC) to identify and apply for key texts from your reading lists required in alternative formats for specific units. However this can be a lengthy process and success is not guaranteed. Therefore contacting our Additional Needs Co-ordinator Linda Jones (email@example.com) +44 (0)23 9284 3240 as early as possible is crucial. In the event that an alternative format request is unsuccessful Linda and Annushka will work with your course staff and Faculty Librarian to identify accessible alternatives.