Get started

Either follow our steps online below or download our guide to getting started with RNIB Bookshare.

Quick steps

A little more detail

Step 1: ensure you have learners with qualify print-disabilities.

Step 2: nominate a member of staff to be the Primary Contact for your organisation's account and ask them to sign-up for your free UK educational organisation account with a valid work email address. We'll double-check your account details and contact you once we've approved your account and you can then start downloading resources. If you are an overseas school please contact us for further information. 

Step 3: set up your staff (Sponsor) accounts. Your organisation's Primary Contact can create a Sponsor account for any members of staff within your organisation who also require access to the service and are supporting learners with print-disabilities. You will all be able to add learners and create and share reading lists.

Step 4: set up your learner (Member) accounts. You will not be able to download resources until you have set up your learner accounts and will not be able to set up your learners until we've checked and confirmed that your account has been approved. Giving your learners their own account gives them access to our free built-in reading tool and encourages independent study as well as allowing parents to log in using their childs details to support home learning. It also enables us to provide accurate figures on the number of learners we're reaching to our Fundraising team to help them source donations to support the continued running of this free service. To maintain learner privacy, please ensure to anonymise their details when creating their Member account.

Step 5: start searching and downloading. The quickest way to find the book you need is to enter the ISBN into the search field at the top of the site. If the book isn't available you can submit a book request and we'll do our best to get an electronic file from the publisher added to the collection. We've a large collection of large print and tactile images in the collection covering a range of curriculum subjects. If the accessible image you need isn't available you can submit an image request and we'll get in touch to discus further with you. Learn how to download from a staff (Sponsor) account or download from a learner (Member) account.

Step 6: set up reading lists and share them with your learners (Members) and staff (Sponsors). If you find yourself needing the same books regularly, for example GCSE English Literature set texts, you can set up a reading list so you don't have to search for them each time they're needed. You can then assign the reading list to your learners so they can quickly access the books they need to read and you can also share your reading lists with other members of staff.

Step 7: discover how your learners can access the free built in Web Reader tool by selecting "read now" on the book record when they are logged into their Member account.

Step 8: learn how different file formats can be used with various access technology solutions; such as on a computer, an iPad, accessibility software and apps and other devices such as a BrailleNote or Victor Reader Stream. Visit our braille information pages to learn about using our Braille Ready Files (BRF).

Step 9: if you need an MS Word document in order to create a modified large print edition for your learner, the structured Word file format can be easily got by downloading the DAISY file and running it through our DAISY to Word generator tool