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Magnification

Information about magnification equipment available in libraries and Assistive Technology Rooms (ATR).          

Video Magnifiers

A video magnifier allows someone to take a standard hard copy text and magnify it to a preferred size. The user places the journal or book on the movable reading table, beneath the built-in camera. The camera then relays the picture to the magnifier screen and the user is able to adjust the size, background colour and so on to suit their requirements. This is particularly useful for someone with a visual impairment but can also be useful for someone researching from very small print for example.

We have two video magnifiers.

Hallward Library magnifier

The use of this magnifier is not restricted and can be used by anyone accessing Hallward Library

Model

Optelec Clearview Video Magnifier with 19" TFT

Specification

  • Continuous zoom magnification
  • Use for reading and writing using high contrast text modes:
  • Positive mode - black-text-on-white
  • Negative mode - white-text-on-black
  • Easy-glide, ultra-low reading table which can be fixed at the press of a button
  • Fully adjustable image control for brightness and contrast
  • 19-inch widescreen
  • Colour

Djanogly Learning Resource Centre magnifier

The use of this magnifier is restricted to those using the ATR in the Djanogly Learning and Resource Centre (DLRC) on Jubilee Campus.

This magnifier model and specification is as follows:

Model

Optelec ClearView+ Colour Video Magnifier with 22" TFT and Advanced Feature Pack

Specification

  • Continuous zoom magnification
  • Full auto-focus (including focus lock)
  • One-button control View images and paper documents
  • Use for reading and writing using high contrast text modes:
  • Positive mode - black-text-on-white
  • Negative mode - white-text-on-black
  • Easy-glide, ultra-low reading table which can be fixed at the press of a button
  • Fully adjustable image control for brightness and contrast
  • 22-inch widescreen
  • Colour

Advanced feature pack

  • Position locator
  • 16 selectable foreground and background semi-colour combinations
  • Adjustable line markers and window blinds

Instructions for use

Instructions for how to use this magnifier are kept in hard copy in the ATR. Alternative formats of the instructions are available on request by emailing UI-AlternativeFormat@exmail.nottingham.ac.uk

Portable Electronic Magnifier

We have three portable electronic magnifiers. These are similar to the video magnifiers in that a camera takes a picture of something and then displays it on a screen, the image can then be adjusted for size. However, these magnifiers are portable meaning that they can be used anywhere in the library.

They have detachable cameras so although particularly useful for someone with a visual impairment to magnify printed information, they might also be useful for someone who wanted to look at classmarks on books on bottom shelves but couldn't bend down fully to see them. They would just need to detach the camera, reach down to scan the book and the image would be displayed on the screen.

Locations

The cameras are located in libraries on all three campuses:

They can be booked via UNLOC by any student or member of staff: their use is not restricted. 

About the Portable Electronic Magnifier

Model

Bierley Shoppa

Specification

  • 7" screen
  • Portability
  • Full colour
  • Non glare screen
  • Brightness and Contrast controls
  • Variable optical magnification
  • 4 hours battery life
  • Optional spare battery pack
  • Multi-Function - Carry it, Stand it, Lay it down
  • Reading, writing or just looking
  • CE Approved Instructions for use

Instructions for use

Information and diagrams for use can be found on the Bierley website.

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Libraries, Research and Learning Resources

King's Meadow Campus
Lenton Lane
Nottingham, NG7 2NR

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