[Athen] can libraries get electronic copies of physical books from publishers for swd?

Adina Mulliken am2621 at hunter.cuny.edu
Sat Mar 11 12:05:51 PST 2017

This question came up from a librarian on another listserv and I wanted to see if anyone here could answer-

"Publishers sometimes provide a PDF to a student, provided they've bought a physical copy. Do any of you know if this usually applies to libraries as well? If we buy a physical copy, can we then request a PDF for a student with a documented disability?"

Does anyone know of libraries that did this, or tried?

What are the names of (or numbers of or links to) laws or regulations that require publishers to provide electronic versions to students?


Adina Mulliken
Assistant Professor, Librarian
Social Work and Public Health Library
Hunter College, CUNY
Phone: 212-396-7665
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