Here are the answers to some common questions we get asked by parents of children who want access to resources on RNIB Bookshare. We want to make getting access to our service as easy as possible for learners that need it. We hope that our service will be valuable to your children in accessing the resources they need for school, college or university.
Please contact us if you have any questions that we have not answered here at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Is my child eligible to use RNIB Bookshare?
Watch our film and learn about the qualifying print-disabilities.
How can I find out if my child's school are already using RNIB Bookshare?
Contact your school and check with your SENcO (Special education needs co-ordinator), Librarian or Teaching Assistant. If no one knows, just drop us and email and we can let you know.
My child’s school won’t sign up, what can I do?
If you don't know whether your child's school has an RNIB Bookshare account, or you can’t seem to get them to sign up, please email us with the following details and we will contact the school for you.
We’ll let them know what we are, that we are free and give them some information on how to join and add their learners.
• child's name
• school contact details
• your written permission for us to get in touch on your behalf
How can my child and I use RNIB Bookshare at home?
Just ask your child’s school or college to set up a member account
for your child and then they can log in anywhere, on the bus or at home.
Are we allowed to download books at home?
Yes, we suggest that school/college staff create reading lists
for learners to make finding the curriculum titles that they are using easy. You can download these titles as the school will have ensured that they have an original copy of the book.
Learners can also search and browse
across the site to identify other titles that will help, or they are interested in.
How can we read at home?
We think that reading on an electronic device at home is a great way to access our titles on RNIB Bookshare. Using either a tablet or phone (Apple or Android) Dolphin EasyReader app
is a perfect way to read.
Can we read our own choice of titles to read for fun?
It depends. If you are downloading files, and then reading them without making any changes to the file (such as reading the file electronically on a tablet, PC or phone using access technology) then you can download a title without owning the original version.
If you are making any changes to the file then you may download the file as long as you have lawful possession of the title (own a paper or electronic version of the title). More information can be found on our legal pages
What happens when my child changes class or school?
As long as your child is at the same school and has a qualifying print disability, they may continue to access RNIB Bookshare. It may be worth discussing this with your school SENco and class teacher.
When your child moves onto another educational establishment, we would suggest that you contact them in advance to check whether they have an account with us, letting them know that your child is currently using the service to access their books independently. Please see above, regarding the question about school’s getting accounts.
My child is leaving school and will no longer be in education, can they still use RNIB Bookshare?
Once your child leaves school, college or university they are no longer eligible to use RNIB Bookshare. Membership is accessed via an educational establishment only.
We recommend RNIB Library
for a wonderful range of reading to suit anyone with sight loss.
And finally …
If you and/or your child has had a good experience using RNIB Bookshare, please consider giving us your story
. It helps us to keep this valuable service free. Thank you