Alternate Format Text Request

Requesting textbooks in an alternate format can be a lengthy process.  Alternate formats might include e-text, audio, large print, Braille, or other formats; we will work to get texts in the format that works best for you.  Although some texts can be acquired quickly, the process can take up to three weeks.

If a textbook in alternate format is not available from the publisher, you will need to bring your books to the Disability Services Office (DSO) so we can cut the binding, scan the book, and convert the book into electronic text.  This conversion can take several days depending upon the time of year. 

Please follow these steps when requesting textbooks in alternate format:

  1. See whether you can purchase your book an e-book, audio book, or other format that will work for you.  If it is available in another format, consider purchasing the alternate format instead of a printed version.
  2. Check Bookshare ( to see if an alternate format of your book is available. We ask you to create an individual account with Bookshare to enable greater access to texts while at George Fox and beyond.
  3. If you aren’t able to get a text in an alternate format, purchase a hard copy of your textbook. Save the receipt.  Publishers require that our office have proof of purchase.
  4. Register your classes on the Accommodation Information Management (AIM) system. You need to be registered with the DSO to access the AIM system.
  5. For books not found on Bookshare, complete the Alternative Textbook Request FormOnce the alternate format text is received by the DSO, we will send an email with a link to the file on Google drive, where you will be able to download your book files to your computer.  All files are deleted at the end of the semester.

An ISBN number is NOT always sufficient to find a book. For instance, some course packs include a text and workbook; however, the pack ISBN does not identify the specific book.

If the textbook for a course is not listed on the George Fox bookstore website, please contact the bookstore or professor for the necessary information.

The sooner the DSO receives your list of textbooks, the sooner we can process your request.   

For more information and/or assistance regarding textbook requests, contact Andrea Byerley in the DSO office:
Office location: Lemmons Center - Room 9