Alternate Textbook Services
Many students encounter barriers with traditional print materials. Textbooks and other materials may not be equally accessible in the original format. We offer alternative format textbooks in PDF or Microsoft Word format. Students approved for the alternative format textbook accommodation must follow the steps below, in addition to Steps (1) – (4) on the ODAS homepage, in order to receive this accommodation.
Purchase a hard copy of the textbook(s) from the LU bookstore or other vendor. Keep your receipt or other proof of purchase.
Complete the Electronic Format Textbook Form
Please know that when completing the Electronic Format Textbook Form you are agreeing to use the alternate format materials for personal use only.
ODAS is committed to providing your alternative format textbooks as quickly as possible. Students are encouraged to complete Steps (1) – (3) as soon as course materials are posted by the professor. Submitting the request two months prior to class start dates is strongly recommended. However, Electronic Format Textbook forms and textbook proofs of purchase will be accepted and processed by ODAS as promptly as possible regardless of when they are received by the office.
Alternative format textbooks will, by default, be provided to the student in PDF format unless the student includes on the Electronic Format Textbook form a special request for the textbooks to be converted to Microsoft Word format.
If your materials are not available via one of our approved vendors, we will manually convert them here in the office. This will require us to reach out to you for a hard copy of the course textbook.
If you have any questions about the alternative format textbook process or about the status of any request for an alternative format textbook, please contact the appropriate ODAS office.