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Information for Birkbeck Staff.

All Birkbeck staff have a legal duty to make reasonable adjustments for disabled students. It is an anticipatory duty under the Equality Act 2010. This means you must do this now rather than waiting for disabled students to join your course and request it.

Teaching staff must provide all teaching materials in accessible formats.


If your reading material is under copyright, you must ask the Library to scan it for you, as we have a Copyright Licensing Agency agreement. We will then make your readings on Moodle accessible if you have students with print impairments enrolled in your class. Use our Digitisation and eJournal Linking Service request form to request scanned material.

Please email us at  if you have print impaired students enrolled in your class who require this service.

Text books.

The Library can request full textbooks in accessible formats for print impaired students. We request these directly from publishers and therefore it does take time as we are dependent on publishers' goodwill.

If you have print impaired students enrolled in your class please email us at   with a list of essential/core text books that your students will require. Please do not send the Library full module guides or non-prioritised reading lists.

Many e-book platforms cannot be used with text-to-speech software due to Digital Rights Management, so even if your text is available in the Library as an e-book, please contact us as we will order it in an accessible format. 

Other teaching material.

Birkbeck For All provides advice about producing accessible teaching materials, for example in PowerPoint, Word and Excel. Following this advice promotes inclusive teaching practice.