What is Bookshare?

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Bookshare.org is the largest online library for qualified, print impaired individuals, including people are who are blind, visually, physically or learning impaired. The library provides access to more than 90,000 books and 150 periodicals available in synthesized voice, refreshable braille or large print.

What is unique about Bookshare is that while many titles come from the publishers, most come from members and volunteers contributing to the library. The material is also content neutral and current. For example, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone was available to Bookshare members within four hours of the hard copy being released to the public.

Bookshare and Hadley Institute for the Blind and Visually Impaired have formed a partnership. Bookshare is providing Hadley students with special membership rates in exchange for the contribution of Hadley supplemental course readings to the library.

Visit www.bookshare.org for more information.

Membership Fees:

Free membership: For all currently enrolled Hadley students living in the United States.

Reduced membership fee: For currently enrolled non-U.S. resident students, including those from Canada, and Hadley students who have completed a course in the past but are not currently enrolled

$55 the first year ($15 sign up fee and $40 annually)
$40 each year thereafter

Membership Sign Up:

Visit the Bookshare website: www.bookshare.org. Under the "Membership" tab, click on "Membership Options" Select the "Individual Memberships" link. Select the "Sign up for an individual membership" link. You will be prompted for information such as age, name, address and student status.

For Promo Code, be sure to enter "Hadley Student."

All Hadley students may disregard the request for proof of disability; Hadley will do this for you. Currently enrolled Hadley students living in the United States may also disregard the request for payment.

When you are done with the sign up process, you will receive an email from Bookshare with a password. Bookshare will then contact Hadley to verify that you are a current student and that we have certification of your print impairment on file. Once this is done, you will receive another email from Bookshare notifying you that you can now use your password to download books. This will take about a week.

If you have questions, please send an email to student_services@hadley.edu. You may also call toll-free 800-526-9909 in the United States, Puerto Rico or Canada. Outside the United States, call 847-446-8111.