Do you have a disability, such as rheumatism, RSI, a visual handicap or dyslexia? The Library can help you.
At the Library you can have (part of) your textbook scanned and saved as a PDF file on a USB stick. You can then have the text read out to you via your PC or Mac. To qualify for this free service you need a letter from the student counsellor (based on a (para)medical certificate).
Hand in the book at the Information Desk of the University Library (Singel 425). After 5 working days you get the USB stick.
Please note: in order to scan the book the spine has to be removed! There is a binding machine at the Information Desk to stick on a new spine.
To have a text converted to audio file so that it can be read out loud to you, special software is needed. Natural Reader (Windows/Mac) offers free software to do this, the paid version can also convert a PDF file to MP3. This program is also available as an app or browser extension. Balabolka (Windows) does also have Dutch voices and is also free. Balabolka also has a portable version which can be used on various computers via a USB stick.
In the Information Centre of the University Library, all computers are equipped with a 21" screen, Microsoft Office 365 (including Word and Excel) and Microsoft Edge. You can log in with your UvAnetID.
For more information, please Ask the Library or contact us by telephone: 020-525 1405.