Accessibility guidance

The Online Library tries to make sure that all of our patrons can make the most of our resources. This page has information on how to make reading articles and books in the Online Library easier.

If you are looking for details on the accessibility of the Online Library website (, please see our website accessibility page.



Many devices have in-built settings to read text aloud, and internet browsers usually have text-to-speech plug-ins you can install. Some Online Library databases have in-built options for text-to-speech:


Downloaded E-books

You can read books downloaded from VLeBooks and E-Book Central using some free software called Adobe Digital Editions. See our How can I download e-books? page for more information.

Adobe Digital Editions can be used with the text-to-speech tools JAWS, NVDA and VoiceOver. See the 'Accessibility' section on Adobe's Get Started with Adobe Digital Editions page for more information.


Downloaded Articles

You can download almost all articles in the Online Library as PDFs. Adobe Acrobat Reader has accessibility features, see Adobe's accessibility features page for details. 

If you open a PDF in Microsoft Edge, you will see a 'Read aloud' option at the top.


If you need any help, please contact the Online Library enquiry service.