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Texts & Notes
Texts & Notes

Students who have been offered the accomomodation "Textbooks in Alternate Format" should:

  1. Identify which textbooks you need for each term on the RIT bookstore website at

    • Click on TEXTBOOKS to open the "Find Course Materials" page.
    • Enter your course info & hit the "Find Materials" button.
    • Copy or print out the Course Materials page you've created.

  2. Make your requests: Use the form below to enter your textbook information. Please submit your requests as early as possible; processing time for books can vary.
  3. Purchase reqested books: You must show Disability Services your purchase receipt for each book requested in order to comply with copyright laws.
  4. Wait to hear back from the DSO. We will contact you when your books have arrived.

Texts in Alternate Format Request Form

Download the PDF form below, enter your textbook information, and then submit the form to the Disability Services Office. Please submit your requests as early as possible; processing time for books can vary.

Texts in Alternate Format Request Form (PDF)

Questions? Call 585-475-2023 or email

Note Taking Support

Students who have been offered note taking support should:

  1. Attend each class at least once. (Take note of pace of lecture, ratio of lecture to discussions/workshops, resources provided by the professor etc.) This information will be important in determining if a note taker is required.
  2. After at least one week of classes schedule an intake appointment to discuss your classes. Call 475-2023 or email to schedule.
  3. Attend your appointment - we'll discuss each class and determine how best to support your needs

If it is determined that a note taker is required:

  1. You will be contacted when the note taker is hired.
  2. You will access your notes at using your RIT username and password.
  3. If you encounter a problem with your notes: Inform the Disability Services Office ASAP using this form: Note-taking Feedback.
  4. If your schedule changes or if you determine that notes are no longer needed please inform us ASAP.

Please keep in mind that the DSO hires peer note-takers only. Note-takers are not responsible for handouts or other class materials. Notes should be considered supplements and are not a substitute for class attendance. There may be occasions when a note taker must be absent due to illness or other unforeseen circumstances - notes will not be provided in these cases.

Learn to be a better note-taker: Effective note-taking is a skill that can be developed and strengthened over time. Try some of these suggestions:

  1. Make use of an audio recording device like the Livescribe Smart Pen:
  2. Try an app such as AudioNote, SomNote, Evernote, or SoundNote
  3. Attend a note taking workshop offerred by the Academic Support Center - ASC Workshop Schedule Page
  4. Form a study group and compare/share your notes
  5. Schedule a one-on-one note taking review appointment with DSO staff.