Educators — Universities

The Bookshare® community is a valuable resource for universities working to meet the needs of students with print disabilities.

  • As a central repository for college textbooks, Bookshare can greatly reduce the nationwide challenge of providing accessible materials. By “scanning once, and sharing many,” all campuses can reduce their workload and still increase access to materials for their students. Bookshare encourages universities to share their scanned in books with Bookshare to make them available to their own students as well as to the entire post-secondary community.
  • Bookshare also provides individual memberships for students, which encourages them to independently access the library for educational, professional and leisure reading.

This page contains information and resources for colleges and universities serving students with print disabilities.

Discussion and Information Sharing

Bookshare has many avenues for sharing your ideas and insights:



There are a number of resources for organizations serving people with print disabilities. Keep checking this page for new links:


Items of Interest


Submitting Scanned Books

Bookshare is a repository for accessible textbooks and literature. Your university can benefit from the efforts of universities across the U.S. who are scanning books for their own students and sharing them with the entire post-secondary student population. If your university has scanned books you’d like to share, please contact the Bookshare Collections Team about placing them in the Bookshare library.

Additional Resources

 Learn more about why sharing books is legal.


Volunteer Opportunities

If you want to share books that you have scanned for students, please contact the Collections Department for information about contributing scanned books.

If you want to help build the Bookshare library with other efforts, you can donate funds, books, or time and expertise.

By volunteering with Bookshare, you not only help add books to the library, you also become part of a very lively community. Bookshare Volunteers hold contests, sponsor books clubs, and run a discussion group and chat rooms. In addition, Volunteers with print disabilities can earn credits toward their membership fees. Learn more about volunteering.


Customer Support

Bookshare has a number of resources to help with any question:

If your question is not answered here, feel free to contact Bookshare.


Membership Information

Through an award from the U.S. Department of Education Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), Bookshare offers free memberships to U.S. schools and qualifying U.S. students. Read more about the OSEP award.

 Universities and students outside the United States can also join Bookshare and pay the nominal subscription fee. This provides access to freely distributable titles (e.g. public domain or Creative Commons licensed) and books that publishers and authors have given permission to Bookshare to share internationally.

Membership in Bookshare is also available to individuals with qualifying print disabilities and to the institutions supporting those individuals. Learn more about joining Bookshare.

The Bookshare service is possible through an exemption in the U.S. copyright law (Chafee amendment) that permits the reproduction of publications into specialized formats for those with print disabilities.