Find Digital Materials
Many library materials already exist in an electronic format compatible with standard screen readers with audio output.
Use the following resources to find digital library materials:
- Library QuickSearch to search across multiple UTSA databases
- UTSA Databases by subject or title
- E-books guide – learn about many UTSA e-book collections
- Accessibility Tips for UTSA Databases – use this guide for locating accessibility tips in highly-used UTSA databases
- Google Scholar – find articles and books on the web and link to library full-text holdings
- HathiTrust Digital Library – find millions of digital books and journals
If you experience problems with library e-resources due to incompatibility with adaptive technology, please report these issues to LibraryAccessibility@utsa.edu.
Find Print Materials for Scanning
Use Library QuickSearch to find print materials at UTSA Libraries.
Self Scan for Free
- Use KIC scanners in the JPL and Downtown libraries to convert print materials into a digital format as a searchable PDF or Rich Text that can be accessed by a screen reader. All scanned materials must be used in accordance to copyright law.
- Email or download scanned materials to a personal USB drive or UTSA network drive.
- Items on Reserve must be scanned within the checkout time limit. Request exceptions at the library’s Front Desk.
Request Library Scanning Service for Library-Owned Items
You must be registered with Student Disability Services and have a disability that requires alternative media. Stop by the JPL or Downtown Front Desk or email LibraryAccessibility@utsa.edu to request accessible materials.
The library will scan your library materials in a searchable PDF or Rich Text format according to the request queue. Depending upon the time of a semester and other requests, it may take several days to complete your request. The library does not offer any additional clean-up services for scanned documents. You will receive an email notification when the digital copy is available. Save your personal copy of the file on your device.
All library-scanned materials include a copyright statement confirming that the scan is created for your exclusive personal use as an eligible user.
Present UTSA library book(s) at the Front Desk. For multiple books please specify the order of scanning priority.
The library cannot scan items not owned by the library, including textbooks.
Streaming Media Captions and Transcripts
UTSA’s streaming media databases provide captions and transcripts for selected items. We can also work with some video and audio vendors to request captioning of streaming media.