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What is the NIMAC?The NIMAC (National Instructional Materials Accessibility Center) is a U.S. national repository of NIMAS source files for K-12 textbooks and related printed core instructional materials. NIMAS source files are used by states, and the organizations... more
The effective date for the NIMAC was July 16, 2006. After that date, publishers are required to submit files to the NIMAC for books adopted by the public K-12 education system when the request is made in writing at the point of print book purchase. If you believe that... more
The NIMAC (National Instructional Materials Accessibility Center) is a U.S. national repository of K–12 textbooks, workbooks, and other classroom reading materials in digital format for qualifying print-disabled students.  The NIMAC was established under the IDEA 2004... more
NIMAC textbooks are only available to K-12 students with print disabilities (as defined by the Chafee Amendment ) and an active IEP (individual education plan) issued by a public education.Qualifying students who are attending private institutions or are being home-... more
NIMAC books are available for U.S. K–12 students with an active IEP from a public education agency. Only Authorized Users (organizations) are permitted to download NIMAC-sourced textbooks. If Bookshare is an Authorized User in your state, please submit a book request... more
Bookshare can add NIMAC books into the library on average within two weeks. We will contact you as soon as it's added.  If you have questions about how to access it please Request Help.
Bookshare is an Authorized User in these states: AK, AR, CA, CO, CT, DC, FL, GA, HI, IA, ID, IL, KS, KY, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MS, MO, MT, NC, ND, NE, NH, NV, NJ, NM, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VT, WA, WI, WV, Guam and Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana... more
We do add textbooks as needed by students.  The textbooks must be assigned as classroom reading in an accredited educational program, including K-12 and postsecondary.  We will purchase a copy, scan and proofread it, and get it in the collection for the benefit of... more
NIMAC-sourced textbooks are available to qualified U.S. students with a public school IEP. However, for non-NIMAC-eligible students, Bookshare can convert textbooks to an accessible format for qualified Bookshare students. Please submit the request through the... more
NIMAC books are available for U.S. K–12 students with an active IEP from a public education agency. Only Authorized Users (organizations) are permitted to download NIMAC-sourced textbooks. 1. If Bookshare is an Authorized User in your state, please submit a book... more
Student book requestsIf your request is on behalf of a U.S. student, it gets added to the Student Request queue, which is maintained by Bookshare’s Collection Development staff.  If the book is available from the NIMAC, we'll pull a copy directly or as assigned to us... more
To include Bookshare in your teaching plans, we suggest two steps:Open up an individual account for the student allowing him/her access to all books (except for NIMAC books). Include the student in a school program (allowing him/her access to all books including NIMAC... more
There are three main types of student Bookshare accounts: Individual Memberships, Organizational Memberships, and Linked Accounts. Students with each kind of account have different access to the full Bookshare collection. We recommend reviewing the chart below to help... more
There are several reasons for a book to appear as unavailable to download.  The first most common reason is your Bookshare account is currently inactive.  Please select the Sign In link from the top of this page, log into your account and review the content on your My... more
When I request a book to be added, when will it be ready?Converting books into accessible format is a complex process, and we can't guarantee a specific turnaround time.  For books that are available in the NIMAC, we can usually add them to the collection within 1-2... more