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Access to 500,000 academic books for students with print disabilities


The Bookshare homepage

The Bookshare homepage

The Bookshare homepage

Students with print disabilities including visual impairments and dyslexia now have free digital access to more than 500,000 academic books at their fingertips, through the Bookshare.ie digital accessible library specifically designed for them.

The books are in the student's preferred format (DAISY Audio, DAISY with images, digital Braille, PDF and Word).

The National Council for the Blind in Ireland (NCBI) launched it with funding from the Department of Education.

Students who are blind or vision impaired are severely under-represented in third-level, primarily because their books were not available in accessible formats. Bookshare has changed that.

The easy search engine enables students to access volumes of relevant books, journals and research, which can be downloaded onto a mobile or laptop. The settings can also be changed depending on the user's preferred way of learning such as slowing down audio, changing a font or changing a font colour.

Already Bookshare Ireland has publications from publishers around the world and the Irish publishers, including O'Brien Press, Gill and Oak Tree Press. NCBI will continue to work with other Irish publishers to increase home-grown content available to readers.

Registration for the service, which is free for eligible students, is via Bookshare.ie or by sending an email to library@ncbi.ie

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