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Library Services for Additional Needs

Additional support for disabled students and students with learning differences.

COVID-19 arrangements for assistive software


The following software are available for City staff and students to use at home on any Windows 10 device via AppsAnywhere.

  • Read&Write 
  • Mind Genius
  • NVDA - screenreader

AppsAnywhere allows applications to be delivered to students and faculty on-demand via an app store-style platform. Find out how to open and launch AppsAnywhere.

  • You must be connected to the VPN before you login to AppsAnywhere to be able to use Read&Write or MindGenius.
  • Please give enough time (approx. 1-2 hours) for Read&Write to fully install before using it.
  • If your apps are inactive for 30 days or more, they will be removed. Please start a new session from the AppsAnywhere portal.

Assistive software

An overview of assistive software available at City, University of London Libraries. The ATC at Northampton Square is on Level 2 of the Library, University Building. There are two Assistive Technology computers at Business School Library in lab 1002, The ATR Law Library is in the Library lobby area of Level 1.

Not sure which software to use? We have added the following categories to the software descriptions. 

Listen to your computer: text-to-speech and screen readers
Speak to your computer: speech-to-text, dictation and controlling the computer using your voice
Vision: magnify your screen, enhance mouse pointers and cursors, highlighting, screenreading
 Cognition, Productivity, planning and organisation: literacy tools, mindmapping, digital voice recorders and audio editing.

ABBYY Fine Reader

Description OCR (Optical character recognition) software for scanning and reformatting documents so they can be used with assistive software.

Location Northampton Square ATC PC 04, AT Room 1, AT Room 2. Law Library ATR.

Audio Notetaker

Description Audio Notetaker is a visual and interactive form of note taking. Audio, text and images are combined to create effective notes. 

Audio Notetaker splits your recording up into individual phrases and displays them on screen as visual chunks. You can organise chunks by colour coding and removing sections. You can also annotate and import PowerPoint or PDF slides to enhance your notes.

Guides Sonocent Resources can help you get the most out of the software.

Location Northampton Square ATC. Business School Library AT computers.

Category Cognition

Dragon Professional

Description Speech-to-text / dictation / voice recognition application to transcribe your spoken words into written text or control the computer using your voice. The software may be useful for student with RSI, permanent or temporary mobility difficulties, visual impairment, dyslexia and specific learning differences.

Guides Videos, cheatsheets and user guides can be found on the  Dragon Support webpage.

Location Northampton Square ATC. Business School Library AT computers (for transcribing only in open areas). Law Library ATR.

Category Speak to your computer


Description Screen reader. A screen reader is a software application which converts text to synthesised speech output, allowing users to listen to all applications and content on their computer. JAWS is a powerful screen reader for blind and visually impaired computer users.

Location Northampton Square ATC. Business School Library AT computers. Law Library ATR.

Guides JAWS Screen reader documentation.

Category Vision  Listen to your computer

Mind Genius

Description Mind mapping is a visual form of note making. Mind mapping can help you:

  • Create an overview of a topic.
  • Explore or break down an idea, concept, or problem and identify relationships and connections.
  • Create revision plans with the use of colour and images to help recall information.
  • Plan, structure and organise assignments and other written work.
  • Manage projects and tasks and create Gantt charts.

Mind Genius contains some useful study skills and project management templates to help build your map.

Guides Mind Genius resources include 'how to' guides, templates and training.

Location  All City student computers. Available remotely through Apps Anywhere, login to VPN required.

Category Cognition

Open Book

Description For use with PEARL scanner which can be borrowed from the Library Help Desk at Northampton Square. Portable scanner and text-to-speech package.The PEARL and Open Book software brings blind and low vision users instant portable access to printed material with an array of human-sounding voices. The folding camera deploys in seconds to connect to your PC and snap a picture of your reading material.

Guides PEARL and Open Book documentation.

Location Northampton Square ATC PC 1, ATC Room 1.

Category Vision  Listen to your computer


Description A collection of tools to support your reading and writing. Hear documents read out loud, text prediction, screen masking and summary highlighters.

Guides Videos, training and guides can be found on TextHelp's training pages.

Location All City student computers. Available remotely through Apps Anywhere, login to VPN required.

Category  Cognition  Listen to your computer


Description ZoomText Magnifier/Reader is a fully integrated magnification and reading program tailored for low-vision users. Magnifier/Reader enlarges and enhances everything on your computer screen, echoes your typing and essential program activity, and automatically reads documents, web pages, email.

Guides ZoomText Training

Location Northampton Square ATC, all computers Library Level 2 at Northampton Square. Business School Library AT computers. Law Library ATR.

Category Vision  Listen to your computer