Answered By: Nadia Woods
Last Updated: Feb 20, 2024     Views: 149

The University of Liverpool has an institutional RNIB Bookshare account which provides accessible books for learners with sight loss, dyslexia, dyspraxia, autism and qualifying physical disabilities under the Copyright and Rights in Performances (Disability) Regulations 2014.

In order to use RNIB Bookshare you must have a current Student Support Information Sheet (SSIS) indicating that you have a qualifying disability. If you believe that you qualify for using Bookshare but do not have this information in your SSIS then please contact the University of Liverpool Disability Advice and Guidance Team for further guidance.  

The Accessibility Support Team in the Library will create you a Bookshare account and send you an email which will include login details and instructions explaining how to use the service. Your username will be your University of Liverpool username in the format You will be given a temporary password, please reset this using Forgot your Password

As soon as you receive your email you will be able login via the RNIB Bookshare Homepage and make use of the services available. 

You can find books across a wide range of subjects for university study in addition to reading for leisure. Not all books are available through RNIB Bookshare as only certain publishers work with them, however this is increasing all the time.

If the book is not available you can request it and RNIB Bookshare will do their best to source an electronic file from the publisher. Please note: Bookshare cannot process titles that predate 2000 as an electronic file is unlikely to be available.

  • Check RNIB Reading Lists to see what is already available.
  • Books may be listed once or twice depending on the formats available. 
  • Some books can be downloaded in a variety of formats including Microsoft Word, DAISY or Braille. These books can also be read using the Read Now web reader. Other books are only available for download as a PDF file. Some books will have all options.

Please note: The default format on Bookshare is PDF. But in some cases you can adapt this into various accessible formats

Example of books in a reading list on Bookshare showing formats for Daisy and PDF

Dolphin EasyReader

Use the Dolphin EasyReader app, available for iOS and Android, to access RNIB Bookshare titles on a tablet or phone.

  • The app can be downloaded from the from the App Store for iOS or from the Play Store for Android
  • Once installed you will need to sign in.
  • Choose Continue with your Library and then Bookshare
  • Sign in with your Bookshare credentials. EasyReader will now log you into the Bookshare library to save you logging in twice.
  • Once logged in, open the side menu and choose RNIB Bookshare.
  • If the library is not listed, choose manage libraries and enable the service you require.
  • You can now browse, access Reading Lists and download accessible titles.

To find out more about EasyReader see Read with Dolphin EasyReader and watch Getting Started with EasyReader

To submit a request, on the RNIB Bookshare homepage click Get Started then How to Find Books.

RNIB Bookshare homepage, the drop down arrow by Get Started is clicked and a red circle shows the option for How to Find Books


Then click the green Book Request button 

Image showing the green Book Request button highlighted with a red circle on the Bookshare website


On the next page click the Book Request Form tab underneath 'Quick Book Request Links' or scroll down to the section called Request your book (section 6) where you will find a link to the Book Request Form. When you click this you will be prompted to login if you haven't already done so.

Image showing a group of tabs on the Bookshare website underneath Quick Book Request Links. The tab for Book Request Form is circled in red.

  • Requests usually take around 2-3 days to be dealt with.
  • Bookshare will email you once the item is ready to download. 
  • Turn-around times from publishers can be as little as 24 hours or up to 10 weeks. At peak times of year, the turn-around times can increase. Bookshare will however chase publishers for outstanding requests regularly.

Once you submit your request you can track it via My Requests on the Homepage. Log in and click My Account

RNIB Bookshare homepage showing the My Account button circled in red.


Then click My Homepage

RNIB Bookshare 'My Account' page showing the My Homepage button circled in red


And then My Requests in the list of options on the left. If you need to contact Bookshare about a request please quote the case number which you will find via My Requests. 

RNIB Bookshare 'My Homepage' webpage showing the My Requests button circled in red.

Students are welcome to use the Get It For Me service to place a request for an item in an accessible format.

If you have a preference on format then you can add that as a note to the request and the team will try and purchase the item in that format.

If you would like more information about using RNIB Bookshare or support with using the service, you are welcome to email the Accessible Texts Team

The Accessible Texts Team support customers with accessing texts in accessible format. Information about the team can be found on the Library Accessibility Guide

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