Computers with adaptive technology

Two of the Library’s computers have software and equipment for people with disability or other needs.

Person using Clearview to magnify book on the computer screen

Adaptive technology in the Library

Adaptive technology is software and equipment that makes computers easier to use for people with vision impairment, disability or other needs.

The Library has two computers with this technology that you can use. You’ll find them in the Marie Bashir Reading Room on Lower Ground 1.

Types of adaptive technology


Readit Air

What is it?
  • A scanner that converts written text to audio so you can listen to documents being read out to you.
  • A magnifier so you can read documents more easily on screen.
Other information

It's designed for people who:

  • are blind or have low vision
  • have a print or learning disability.

The scanner automatically detects and reads text in more than 30 languages, so it’s suitable for people who speak English as a second language.


What is it?
  • A desktop magnifier for people who have low vision.
  • It magnifies books, magazines, newspapers and other documents.
Other information
  • It has adjustable magnification so you can zoom in or out.
  • High-contrast modes allow for better visibility if you need it.


What is it?
  • Magnifier software for people who have low vision.
  • It enlarges and reads out items on the computer screen, including websites, the Library’s catalogue and eresources.
Other information
  • You can customise the mouse pointer and text cursor to make them easy to find.
  • Turn on a focus rectangle to help you track where you are on the screen.

Smartview Graduate

What is it?
  • A portable magnifier for people who have low vision.
  • You can use it for reading, viewing images or writing.
Other information
  • The camera easily turns and rotates.
  • It magnifies up to 50x.
  • You can use it with ZoomText software.


What is it?
  • Screen-reading software for people who are blind or have low vision.
  • It reads out text from the computer as speech.
  • Use it to read any online document and access websites including the Library's catalogue and eresources.
Other information
  • You may need to learn how to use JAWS first.
  • You can do online training, or Vision Australia runs courses – call 1300 84 74 66.

Kurzweil 1000

What is it?
  • Computer-based scanning system for people who are blind, have low vision or with learning disability.
  • Scans and reads books, magazines and newspapers, as well as online text.
  • It reads out text in a variety of voices.
Other information
  • It can send files to Braille note takers and other devices.
  • It's easy to use for people with basic computer skills.


To use these pieces of equipment, ask reading room staff on Lower Ground 1. 

Azio Vision large print keyboard

What is it?
  • A keyboard with extra-large print keys.
  • The keyboard is backlit to maximise visibility.

Microspeed trackball mouse

What is it?
  • A mouse with a larger trackball to help with mobility.
  • It reduces arm movement, because you control the trackball rather than moving the mouse around.

Ergonomic keyboard and mouse

What are they?
  • The keyboard and mouse have a unique curve which helps to maintain a more natural typing position.
  • 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.


What is it?
  • Instead of using a mouse, the user glides their finger over the touchpad surface and gently taps for input.
  • Reduces arm and wrist movement.
  • It has a soft-touch operation that requires no pressure.