The Library is open over the October long weekend, with reduced hours on Monday 2 October 2023. View the long weekend opening hours here.

Adaptive Technology

Person using Clearview to magnify book on the computer screen

We have two dedicated computers with adaptive equipment and software. They are located in the Governor Marie Bashir Reading Room on Lower Ground 1.

The adaptive technology available includes:

Readit Air

The Readit Air includes a scanner and text-to-voice software. Designed to assist people who are blind or have low vision, people with print or learning disability or English as a second language.
Scans, magnifies and reads text in 19 languages:

Czech Danish Dutch English
French German Greek Hungarian
Italian Korean Norwegian Polish
Portuguese Romanian Russian Slovak
Spanish Swedish Turkish  


  • Video magnifier for people who have low vision.
  • Magnifies books, magazines and newspapers.


  • Magnifier software for people who have low vision.
  • Magnifies websites including the Library's catalogue and eresources.

Smartview Graduate

  • Video magnifer for people who have low vision.
  • Can be used with Zoomtext software.
  • "Zero-delay video" and x 50 magnification.
  • Camera easily turns and rotates and connects with USB cable. 
  • Online video tutorials available.


  • Screen reading software to assist people who are blind or have low vision.
  • Use to access websites including the Library's catalogue and eresources.
  • Due to the complexity of JAWS prior knowledge is needed.
  • Training courses are available from Vision Australia - call 1300 84 74 66.

Kurzweil 1000

  • Computer-based scanning system for people who are blind, have low vision or with learning disability.
  • Scans and reads books, magazines and newspapers.
  • Suitable for people who have some experience using a computer.

    Large Print Keyboard

    • The Azio Vision keyboard features extra large print keys.
    • The keyboard is backlit to maximise visibility.

    Microspeed Trackball Mouse

    • An alternative mouse to assist with mobility.
    • Ask staff on Lower Ground 1 to use the mouse.

    Ergonomic keyboard and Mouse

    • The keyboard and mouse have a unique curve which helps to maintain a more natural typing position.
    • Includes a separate number pad for a more flexible setup.
    • The keyboard has a built-in cushion for greater wrist support.
    • The mouse features 4 way scrolling.


    • Instead of using a mouse, the user glides their finger over the touchpad surface and gently taps for input.
    • Reduces arm/wrist movement.
    • Soft touch operation (no pressure required)

    Please ask staff in the reading room if you would like to use the ergonomic keyboard, trackball mouse or touchpad.