We aim to make our facilities accessible to all our students. Please let us know if you notice something we could improve. Speak to a member of staff, email us, use the chat service, tweet us, Instagram us or complete a feedback form.

Accessibility - Help in the library

We recommend discussing your needs with Disability and Learner Support who will create a reasonable adjustment plan that can be used University-wide. Information about your disability will only be shared if we are given your express permission to do so.

Here are some examples of the support the library offers:

Typetalk - Digital IT is registered with Typetalk. Staff are available to help with queries during core hours. A voicemail service runs at other times.

Software - Jaws, Inspiration, My Study Bar, Adobe ReadAloud and Zoomtext are available at most sites. Disability Services provide further software.

Specialist software

Adobe ReadAloud - This software will read the text content of PDFs into your PC headphones. Headphones are available from the Enquiry Desks at Clifford Whitworth and Allerton Learning Space.

CCTV - 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 your requirements. Instructions on how to use are located next to the equipment.

Inspiration - 'Mind mapping' software available on dedicated PCs 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.

Jaws - Screen reading software available on selected PCs across University.

My Study Bar (MSB) - Software applications designed to provide study skills support for students in their academic work. The MSB icon is on the desktop of PCs in the Library. My Study Bar consists of: Planning, Reading, Writing, Vision, Voice, and Help. A guide is available.

Microsoft Accessibility Tools - Magnifier, Narrator or On-Screen Keyboard are useful when using Microsoft Office applications. On all Library PCs - go to Start - All Programs - Accessories.

RNIB Bookshare - The Library can register visually impaired students, or students with other print-disabilities, with the RNIB Bookshare service. It provides students with access to books and other learning materials in a format that meets their needs. Contact for more information.

Sensus Access - Students and staff can use the SensusAccess service to convert documents into a range of alternate media including audio books files, eBooks and digital Braille.

Zoomtext - This software can magnify and read out text. It is available in the Allerton Learning Space on a selected PC. Headphones are available from the Enquiry Desks if required.

More help

If you need support to locate and use relevant information for your studies, please get in touch with your subject librarian team.

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Accessible versions of essential reading list items

Students and staff can use the SensusAccess service to convert documents into a range of alternate media including audio books, eBooks and digital Braille.

Students requiring texts in alternative formats should contact their Academic Support Librarian with details of the item. The Library will endeavour to source an electronic copy, scan the item or provide material in the required format.