Disability support

Extra services and information for students with disabilities and learning differences.

Enhanced services

All students registered with Student Support are entitled to additional support from the Library, including:

  • 24-hour loan periods extended automatically to 48 hours
  • 8-week loan periods extended automatically to 9 weeks 
  • Materials created in alternative formats

Adaptive and assistive technologies are available to all students on all library PCs, including:

  • Read and Write assistive software
  • MindView assistive software, which includes text-to-speech, Dragon integration, predictive text, and audio notes
  • Microsoft 365 Learning Tools

Library facilities 

In the Library you will find:

  • Lifts fitted with sensors which detect anything in the way of the closing doors
  • Lifts with an audible alarm in the case of emergency
  • Emergency phones on all floors, connected directly to the Welcome Desk 
  • Hearing loop systems at the Welcome Desk and the skills and teaching rooms
  • Height-adjustable desks on every floor of the Library
  • Colour-coded signs and floor plans
  • Accessible toilets on all floors with emergency alarms
  • Low-level information points
  • Information points have a zoom feature which can be accessed by holding down Ctrl +/- on the keyboard
  • A magnifier on the 2nd floor of the Library
  • 'Read-aloud' option when viewing eBooks from our two principal eBook suppliers (VLeBooks and ProQuest eBooks)
  • A low-level printer in the Reading Room
  • Coloured paper to print on (ask at the Welcome Desk)
  • A low-level option for collecting laptops from the laptop lockers
  • Noise-cancelling headphones and portable DVD players for loan from the Reading Room
  • Quiet / silent study zones
  • Reserved books can be collected from the Welcome Desk, if required

Library safety

In the event of a building evacuation, library staff will, if possible, help wheelchair users onto the fire-proof staircases, and will then alert the Library Safety Officer and emergency services of the need for further assistance.

Staff at the Welcome Desk will be happy to note where you are planning to work if you provide this information on entering the building.