Will I have problems with finding/reading recommended resources?


The Library has a stock of 90,000+ 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 (linda.jones@port.ac.uk) 023 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 provide guides to using these and other resources. These are available in alternative formats upon request.


We try to maximise the digitisations on reading lists to benefit all students. Digitisations attached to reading lists have been formatted to work with most screen readers, and can be reproduced in alternative formats upon request.

Alternative Formats

If you are print-impaired and need your reading materials in an alternative format we can assist with this. However, it can be a lengthy process if we have to create them, so the sooner we start the better. If you think you are likely to need your resources in an alternative format please contact Annushka (Annushka.donin@port.ac.uk / 023 9284 3630) as soon as possible. Annushka, our Assistant Librarian for Accessibility, is based in the Map Library on the first floor Monday – Thursday. Annushka oversees our scanning work and can advise on timescales and qualifying disabilities.

Self-service reformatting

If you wish to reformat a file yourself, for example to use with a screen-reader, you could use RoboBraille, a free online tool.