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Disability resources - Print disabilities

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Assigned readings for class - contact DSP

  • The Disabled Students Program (DSP) will create a fully edited version of course-related print material in your preferred format.
  • DSP Alternative Media Guidelines
  • Contact DSP - 260 Cesar Chavez Student Center, (510) 642-0518 or (510) 642-6376 (TTY)..

Using the Library’s Online Catalogs

The Library seeks to make its online catalogs, OskiCat and Melvyl as accessible as possible for those who rely on screen readers for audio output. Many aspects of the Library’s online catalogs and web sites for research databases are operated by other entities that the Library does not control. If you encounter problems when using the Library’s online catalogs that are due to incompatibility with assistive technology, please report your experience to Jennifer Dorner, Library Disability Liaison, by email at jdorner@library.berkeley.edu.

Find digital versions of books in catalogs and databases

Many of the Library’s materials already exist in an electronic version. The following catalogs should be checked to see if there is already an existing electronic copy of the materials you seek.

Converting online documents into an Accessible Format

SensusAccess is a self-service solution that automates the conversion of documents into a range of alternative formats including mp3, e-books, Braille, and Daisy. The service can also be used to convert otherwise inaccessible documents such as image-only pdf files, scanned images, lecture notes or other educational material into more accessible formats.

SensusAccess is open to all staff, students, or faculty with an @berkeley.edu email address and is meant to complement the accessibility services offered by the DSP Alt-Media Center and the Library.

Self scan for free

  • Use BookScan scanners in the libraries to convert print into a digital format.
  • Download scans onto a personal USB flash drive.
  • Scanners with JAWS software may be found at the Alternative Media Center. DSP can provide instruction on how to use scanners with audio output.
  • Reserve items must be scanned within the reserve time limit. Exceptions may be requested at the library’s circulation desk.
  • Rare materials may not be eligible for scanning. Students may arrange with their DSP Specialist for a personal reader or other appropriate accommodation.
  • Microform items may be printed and then scanned. At the Newspapers and Microforms Library in 40 Doe Library you may scan microform to a flash drive.

The Library will scan UC Berkeley Library books for free

  • You must be registered with the Disabled Students Program (DSP) and have a disability that necessitates alternative media.
  • Present the UC Berkeley Library book(s) to a Circulation desk.
  • For multiple books please tell us your scanning priority order.
  • More information about the Library's full conversion services.

The Library will scan articles and chapters from UC Berkeley Library journals and books for free

Additional information for students with print disabilities may be found in the Print Access Guide.

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