Course textbooks and materials can be accessed in a number of ways beyond traditional print on paper. Alternative formats include audio, Braille, DAISY, etext, large print or tactile materials.

Students can find alternative format materials from a variety of sources, including the NU Bookstore, external sources, and the DRC.  We recommend the following process:

1. Northeastern University Bookstore

The place to start is the NU Barnes and Noble Bookstore. Under the “Textbooks” tab you can search for course materials for each of your classes. Make sure to print out or save a list of your textbooks.

2. External Sources

Textbooks are sometimes available through or Both services offer individual memberships to students.

Books are available as audio files or DAISY formats and can be accessed using software that you can purchase and download to your computer from these websites.  Please be sure to consult the websites for these services for information about the technology you’ll need to access their books.

3. DRC

DRC staff can assist you with accessing or signing up with any of the resources above. If your textbooks or course materials are not available through one of the resources, the DRC can assist you by requesting PDF versions of books directly from publishers as available, or scanning your books in-house.

Alternative format materials requests can take between 2-3 weeks to fulfill from time of request. Students should request materials as soon as possible after registering for classes to help ensure their materials are ready in time for the new semester.

How to request alternative format materials from the DRC:

  1. Compile a list of course books needed by reviewing syllabi on Blackboard, contacting the professor, or checking with the NU Bookstore;
  2. Email the Access Coordinator a list of the needed books including, Title, Author, Publisher, Edition and ISBN number, and a copy of the receipt for purchase of the books.


Print out the Alternative format request form form the DRC’s website, located on the forms page.  This form should be submitted to the DRC with a receipt for the purchase of the book.

  1. Materials will be uploaded to myfiles where students can download their materials upon completion.

To access and submit the Alternative Format Request Form please visit our Forms page.

Questions regarding alternative format materials requests may be directed to Kyle Droz, Communication Access Coordinator ( or 617-373-5137).
NU offers Read & Write GOLDTM, a powerful, multifunction, text reading and writing program for use by students. Read & Write GOLDTM is available through the software downloads section of student MyNortheastern portal and all NUNET computers on campus. Contact the DRC for information and training.