We aim to make our services as accessible as possible, and we also provide specific services for students with disabilities and dyslexia.
All libraries include computing facilities. In addition, there are various PC suites on campus.
Training rooms are available in libraries, and there are a number of PC training rooms on campus too.
Some of the services available can only be arranged via the Disability and Learner Support team, who will provide you with a Reasonable Adjustment Plan. A copy of the Reasonable Adjustment Plan is sent to The Library, and we will ensure that any recommendations are put in place as soon as possible. If you have any queries about your Reasonable Adjustment Plan, please contact a Disability Advisor.
Access through the accessible gates at Clifford Whitworth Library can be arranged automatically via your Reasonable Adjustment Plan. There are no access control gates within the library at Media City or Allerton Learning Space.
The Library can arrange for books to be collected from the shelves on request. We request 24 hours notice to retrieve items. Items may be retrieved at shorter notice if staff are available to assist. The items are retrieved for you, and can be collected at any library Enquiry Desk by yourself or a nominated person.
To request retrieval of items in stock or add a nominated person to your library account, please contact the Library Enquiry Desk via telephone 0161 295 5535, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
You are entitled to this service if recommended as part of your Reasonable Adjustment Plan via the Disability and Learner Support team.
The Disability and Learner Support team will inform us if your Reasonable Adjustment Plan recommends extended loan periods and we will automatically amend your borrowing rights. Items against which a reservation queue exists can be retained for two weeks instead of the usual one week.
If you have not had an assessment but feel that you need extended loans because of your disability please contact the Disability and Learner Support team.
Height-adjustable desks are available in many PC suites and training rooms.
|Building||Room number||Number of desks|
|Maxwell||200||1 - power assisted|
|201||1 - power assisted|
|202||1 - power assisted|
|Newton||B.04b||2 - power assisted|
|Peel||LG15||1 - power assisted|
|Clifford Whitworth|| |
|1 manual and 1 - power assisted (both next to windows overlooking Peel Park)|
|1 - power assisted (under canopy window)|
|Chapman Building|| |
Pod on 1st floor
|1 - manual|
Accessible photocopiers/printers are currently available on the 1st floor at Clifford Whitworth Library and on Level 2 in Allerton (Frederick Road) Learning Space. An accessible photocopier/printer will be made available at Media City Library shortly.
All photocopiers have an enlargement facility. If you require assistance using any equipment please speak to a Library Rover, or a member of Enquiry Desk staff.
Roving staff are available Monday – Friday from 9-5pm to assist with queries on the library floors, including assistance with finding library books and using computing equipment.
The Enquiry Desk staff are can assist with any library related query. Library opening hours and Enquiry Desk hours vary across our sites so check the website for the latest information: Library and Enquiry Desk opening hours.
For study-related enquiries Academic Support Librarians are the link person for your subject area. They provide information literacy training sessions as part of taught programmes to help you use the resources we provide. You may also contact them directly if you need help in finding information for assignments or research.
For those who use a text phone, ITS Service Desk is registered with Typetalk. Staff are available to help with queries during core hours, and a voicemail service can be used when staff are not available.
Some of our Bookable Study rooms have assistive technologies. The rooms can be booked at the Enquiry Desk in the library, or by telephoning 0161 295 5535. See the table below to find out more.
|Building||Room number||Inspiration available on PCs||JAWS||Zoomtext|
|Allerton||404||SALV07337||Yes x 1||Yes x 1|
|2nd floor extension||SALV05365|
|Mary Seacole||2.57||SALV06912 (B3), SALV06915 (C4), SALV06922 (MS218/B5), SALV06920 (B6), SALV06921 (D1)|
|Clifford Whitworth||Assistive Technology Room||SALV05641||Yes x 1||Yes x 1|
|207||SALV04929 (K9), SALV04681 (L9)|
|208||SALV06772, SALV06876, SALV06875, SALV06868, SALV06879, SALV06865, SALV06874, SALV06869, SALV06864, SALV06861, SALV06862, SALV06859, SALV06873|
|Laptops||CW04, CW07, CW08, CW14, CW96|
|Group study room 2||Yes x 1||Yes x 1|
Magnilink CCTV machines are available on 2nd Floor (Extension) Allerton Learning Space.
CCTV is used to enlarge text or 3D materials on-screen. Printed materials, images or 3D materials are enlarged and reflected onto a monitor. The resulting image can be displayed in contrast and / or enlarged as per user requirements. Instructions how to use the equipment are located next to the equipment.
You can set up a roaming profile so that your choice of settings will always be available when you log on at any University networked PC. Logging on will take slightly longer than normal if you choose this option.
Roaming profiles are available as recommendations through Student Support Plans. If you do not have roaming profile but would benefit from this service, please contact ITS Service Desk.
Inspiration is 'mind mapping' software that can display information and ideas visually using webs, maps, and diagrams. Inspiration can also reformat the visual information into an index or list in Word, enabling you to see your ideas as an outline of a report or an essay.
Inspiration is available on dedicated PCs.
Jaws is screen reading software available on dedicated PCs. Headphones are available from the Enquiry Desk if required.
My Study Bar (MSB) is a collection of software applications designed to provide study skills support for students in their academic work. You should automatically have access to the MSB icon on your pc desktop in open access areas of the Library.
My Study Bar consists of 6 areas: Planning, Reading, Writing, Vision, Voice, and Help.
For help with basic use of My Study Bar, have a look at the My Study Bar Guide and video below.
These may be useful when you are using a Microsoft Office application and they are available on all Library PCs. Go to Start - All Programs - Accessories, then select Magnifier, Narrator or On-Screen Keyboard.
This may be useful when you are using a Microsoft Office application and it is available on all library PCs. Go to Start – All Programs – Accessories and select On-Screen Keyboard.
Many of the online resources provided by The Library are in the Adobe PDF format. When you open a PDF document, you can ask Acrobat Reader to speak the text content into your PC headphones. Headphones are available from the Enquiry Desk if required.
Find out more about Adobe's Read PDF content.
Zoomtext is a software package that can both magnify and read out text. It is available at Clifford Whitworth and Allerton libraries on dedicated PCs. Headphones are available from the Enquiry Desks if required.
A number of colour scanners are available. They are attached to specific PCs in Allerton and Clifford Whitworth libraries.