UTS Library

Alternative Formats

The Alternative Formats Service (AFS) is provided jointly by UTS Library and UTS Accessibility Service staff. The AFS provides course materials in alternative formats for students with accessibility requirements to ensure they have equitable access to educational materials.

Students who are registered with the UTS Accessibility Service may be eligible to receive all or part of their course materials in an alternative format. Please refer to the Alternative Formats Service Guidelines (PDF) for details of the Eligibility Criteria and the terms of the Service Agreement

To find or convert materials to alternative formats for yourself

Before submitting an Alternative Formats request, students should try to source or convert course materials using the following services: 

  1. Sensus Access – a free self-service, alternate media solution service, which allows users to automatically convert documents into a range of alternative media including audio books (MP3 and DAISY), e-books (EPUB, EPUB3 and Mobi) and digital Braille.
  2. Bookshare – an online library that offers a wide range of books and other resources direct from publishers for people with print disability. Free access is available by joining the Vision Australia Library.

To request the AFS to convert materials to alternative formats

  1. The student registers with the UTS Accessibility Service, and arranges a confidential interview with an Accessibility Consultant (AC), who determines that the provision of course material in an alternative format is warranted.
  2. The student agrees to the terms of the Service Agreement.
  3. The student, AC and Library staff determine which alternative formats will be provided.
  4. The AC facilitates training in the agreed format for the student, if required.
  5. Once an agreement is reached on digital conversion formats and training, the AC submits requests for course materials to the UTS Library for content conversion.