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Equal opportunities

BME OMIKK, in harmony with the vision of the national library strategy as a knowledge and information centre, strives to ensure equal access to information.It pays attention to equalize opportunities and to remove all obstacles to information.

There are library users with physical or social disadvantages.
Among physical handicaps there are disabilities of moving, visual and hearing organs. To ensure their access to the information there are elevators and disabled toilets, magnifying glasses, smart computer solutions, headphones, audio and video devices and documents designed for elderly eyes. While developing services the library thinks of the social disadvantages (unemployed, retired, library users who cannot speak Hungarian).

To ensure access for all BME OMIKK utilizes advanced solutions of information and communication technologies

  • Diversity in communication contributes to remote use (Skype, e-mail, phone, fax, external service point).
  • Round the clock remote access to the catalogue, to information and to documents, availability of reservation and renewal services, receiving complaints and remarks. To assist lifelong learning new services and joint search of cooperating university libraries have been developed within TÁMOP (Social Renewal Operative Programme, based on the European Social Fund).
  • Information dissemination about permanent services, actions and events in newsletter, using homepage and Facebook pages.
  • Key aspect of equal opportunities in the international scientific community is the access to contemporary international literature in the library. Databases, ePeriodicals and other eResources are available for registered library users to read, download, save or print fulltext.
  • Digitization items of the national cultural heritage, and their availability on the web helps both studying by interested researchers and preserving by the library.
  • Special services for social inclusion.
  • Special discount for unemployed.
  • Discount for pensioners, special library loan conditions to retired BME employee to keep their contact to the University.
  • Discount and support for disabled, providing personal key card to the elevator.
  • Services for non-Hungarian speaking library users
    • Information brochures and leaflets in English,
    • Developing English version of homepage,
    • User interface and help to the catalogue in English,
    • Bilingual information boards in reading rooms and at the service points,
    • Newcomers guides and tours in English.

Social responsibility

BME OMIKK takes part actively in all actions and movements to support equal opportunities and social inclusion.

Carried out online survey among BME students to understand the special needs in using library in cooperation with the students' referents of equal opportunity and chance mentors

  • Joined to the “European Year for Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations – 2012” project with the “Grandma was here, library of generations” action;
  • Participated in the Chance Day programme organized by the BME Student Centre with providing
    • “Living Library” with ”human books” with special content,
    • “Braincraft” programme with puzzles and consultations led by a member of Mensa HungarIQa association who works for the library,
    • Guided tour in wheelchairs and wheelchair test of accessibility.

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RoboBraille

As a result of three years development the Hungarian service of RoboBraille has been launched. The service of robobraille.org converts web contents into formats that help the blind, the visually impaired and dyslexic. The service is free for users. 


To launch the service in Hungarian is the result of cooperation between Synscenter Refsnas in Denmar, Budapest University of Technology and Economics, and Informatika a Magyar Látássérültekért Alapítvány (the Informmatics forVisually Impaired in Hungary Foundation).


RoboBraille is an e-mail and web-based service capable of automatically transforming documents into a variety of alternative formats for the visually and reading impaired.

RoboBraille is available 24/7 as a self-service solution, it is free of charge to all individual, non-commercial users and users need not register in order to use the service. The objective is to support and promote self-sufficiency of people with special needs socially, throughout the educational system and on the labour market. As an additional benefit, RoboBraille helps to protect the privacy of of those who need material in alternate formats.

For institutional use, the RoboBraille web interface is available in customised versions to academic institutions and other organisations that wish to include it on their websites. The document conversion capabilities of RoboBraille can also be integrated with library systems and learning management systems in order to support users with special needs. Institutional use is subject to a subscription fee.

RoboBraille is developed jointly by Synscenter Refsnæs (the National Centre for Visually Impaired Children and Youth in Denmark) and Sensus ApS. Since its launch in 2004, RoboBraille has won several international awards including the WISE 2012 Award for Inclusion in Education, the BETT 2010 Award for Best Special Education Needs solution and the 2008 European Commission e-Inclusion Award for e-Accessibility.

RoboBraille is part of the Raising the Floor Initiative to improve accessibility and further inclusion. RoboBraille is also an associate member of the Daisy Consortium.

RoboBraille offers four different categories of services:


Braille services

Transcription of documents to and from contacted and uncontracted Braille in accordance with the Braille codes for Bulgarian, Danish, British English, American English, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Icelandic, Italian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Romanian, Slovenian and Spanish. The documents can furthermore be formatted and paginated, and delivered as ready-to-emboss files in a variety of digital Braille formats.

Audio services

Conversion into plain mp3 files and well as Daisy Talking Books, including Daisy books with spoken math. The audio conversion features currently include high-quality voices for Arabic, Arabic/English bilingual, Bulgarian, British and American English, Danish, Dutch, German, Greenlandic, French, Hungarian, Italian, Lithuanian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Slovenian, and Castilian and Latin American Spanish.

E-book services

Documents can be converted into both EPUB and Mobi Pocket (Amazon Kindle) e-book formats. Furthermore, EPUB may be converted into Mobi Pocket and vice versa. To accommodate users with low vision, the base line of the body text in an e-book may be raised to allow for more appropriate text scaling in mainstream e-book readers.

Accessibility services

Otherwise inaccessible documents such as image files in gif, tiff, jpg, bmp, pcx, dcx, j2k, jp2, jpx, djv and image-only pdf, as well as all types of pdf files can be converted to more accessible formats including tagged pdf, doc, docx, Word xml, xls, xlsx, csv, text, rtf and html. The service furthermore supports conversion of Microsoft Office documents into tagged pdf and Microsoft PowerPoint presentations into rtf files and web-projects.


How to use the service

  1. Open http://robobraille.org/hu in your browser
  2. Set "URL" as the source type.
  3. Insert the URL into the form and click 'upload'. (It is recommended to use the complete URL, including file extension.)
  4. Select format to listen/to read the content of the document. The documents are available in ready-to-emboss files, in mp3 file, Daisy books, e-books and other formats.
  5. After setting your specific formats (sound quality, braille format, etc.) you should give your e-mail address and 'send'. The transformed content will be delivered to that address in a file with the barrier free content.
Source: Metropol / RoboBraille.org
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