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Accessibility of Library Materials

General Information about Accessibility of Library Materials

Depending upon the need, an alternate format or accessible characteristics may be present in library resources, such as journal articles and ebooks.  


The CORE Library's ebook and database vendor is Ebsco.  

  • Database articles may include a Readspeaker option, which will read the article out loud.  You may also download an .mp3 of the article to play in another device.
  • eBooks do not have native text-to-speech functions.  However, you may download PDFs of the books.  Depending upon publisher restrictions, this can be individual chapters or as much as 100 pages at a time.  From there, you can use a PDF to speech app to convert the text to speech. A popular option is NaturalReader Text to Speech .  Simply search for "PDF to speech app" and a number of possibilities will come up.
  • Visit EBSCO's Accessibility pages for specific information that can help you make content usable for your particular needs.




Students are responsible for purchasing their own textbooks for the DBH program.  The choice of vendor for the book can influence the accessible options available.  Visit the Alternate Formats & Accessible Options Textbook List for more information.


Kindle versions



VitalSource is a seller of electronic textbooks.  Many textbook publishers offer a VitalSource version of the book, available via the VitalSource Bookshelf app (iOS, Android, Mac, PC, Chromebook, Kindle Fire).  Depending upon the platform, Bookshelf may offer a Read Aloud feature that has text to speech built in (iOS) (Android, Kindle Fire).

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