Disability support

Students outside the library


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 Inclusion Service 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:

Accessible Printers/Photocopiers/Scanners - All University printers are accessible, fitted with an adjustable control panel and screen enlargement option.

Book collection - We can collect books for you, we just need 24 hours' notice. Once collected, the items can be picked up at the library Click & Collect Desk by you or a nominated person. Please contact the Library Enquiry Desk via email library@salford.ac.uk if you wish to request retrieval of items in stock or add a nominated person to your library account.

Ergonomic chair loans - We have ergonomic chairs that students can borrow for 24 hours. Please visit the Enquiry Desk during staffed hours (8am-9pm) if you would like to borrow a chair.

Extended loans - You will automatically have the extended loan facility if it's recommended on a reasonable adjustment plan. This means that requested books can be returned within two weeks rather than one week. Any items you request will be held on the reservation shelf for two weeks instead of one week.

Locker loans - A number of Student lockers are available at Clifford Whitworth Library for those with a reasonable adjustment plan that require one. The lockers are large enough to store several books, so you won't have to carry them around.

RNIB Bookshare - This is a free service that makes books available for visually impaired students. Queries about this service should be sent to library-collections@salford.ac.uk.

Software - Inspiration, My Study Bar and Adobe ReadAloud are available at most sites. Disability Services provide further software and with Microsoft 365, you can connect to your resources anytime, anywhere and from any device.

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


Find out about accessibility at Clifford Whitworth Library.

Adjustable desks

Clifford Whitworth

Ground floor


  • Accessible Room 4
  • PC Suite
  • Near LEARN sign


First Floor


  • Window Area
  • Pavillion


Second Floor

Accessible Room 21


Level 1

Near Lapsafe

Level 2

Near Entrance

Level 4


  • PC Suite
  • Accessible Room 404


Media City Library

Third Floor

Near Printer

Accessible Study Room

Clifford Whitworth Library and Allerton Learning Space have accessible study rooms which can only be booked by contacting library staff. These cannot be booked using the library's online room booking system.

  • Clifford Whitworth accessible study room 4 on the ground floor has Office 365, MyStudyBar, Adobe ReadAloud and Inspiration software as well as a power-assisted door and an adjustable desk.
  • Clifford Whitworth accessible study room 21 on the second floor has Office 365, MyStudyBar, Adobe ReadAloud and Inspiration software as well as a power-assisted door and an adjustable desk.
  • Allerton Learning Space accessible study room 404 on Level 4 has Office 365, MyStudyBar, Adobe ReadAloud and Inspiration software as well as an adjustable desk.

Specialist software

Inspiration - 'Mind mapping' software available on the accessible rooms PCs. It 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.

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 general guide to MSB 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.

Adobe ReadAloud - This software will read the text content of PDFs into your PC.

A roaming profile is useful if you need to use multiple software systems. These are available as recommendations through Student Support Plans/ Reasonable Adjustment Plans (RAPs). If you think you would benefit from this service, please contact Digital IT.

Accessible toilets

Clifford Whitworth: Accessible toilets are available on all floors.

Allerton Learning Space: The accessible toilet is on the main corridor outside the entrance.

Media City: Accessible toilets are available on all floors.

Disabled parking

Clifford Whitworth Library

The closest accessible parking spaces are:

  • Three spaces outside the front entrance to the Maxwell Building. Parking is not free for Blue Badge holders.
  • Four accessible parking spaces in-between Salford Business School, Lady Hale Building and Newton Building.
  • Five designated accessible parking spaces outside University House. Parking is free for Blue Badge Holders and is 200m (approx.) from The Library.

Allerton Learning Space

  • There are eight designated accessible parking spaces in the park next to the building.
  • The main entrance is 15m (approx.) from the car park.
  • Parking is free for Blue Badge holders.

The Library at MediaCityUK

  • There is no University owned car parking. Parking is available at The Lowry car park which has lifts.
  • The Lowry's multi-storey car park has designated parking on all eight floors. Lifts are available.
  • Blue Badge holders can park free of charge during trading hours for four hours. Normal parking rates will apply after four hours.

See www.disabledgo.com for more detailed information about accessible parking on campus.

Library site access

Clifford Whitworth

  • Open 24/7
  • Staffed 8am - 9pm
  • Library visitors need their library ID card for access between 19:00 and 8:00. There is a ramp available at the entrance.
  • Accessible toilets are situated on the ground floor corridor, left of the front host desk.

Lady Hale Cube

  • Monday - Friday 8:00 - 19:00
  • Closed weekends

Allerton Learning Space

  • Monday 8:00 - 19:00
  • Tuesday - Friday 8:00 - 18:00
  • Closed weekends
  • Staffed Monday to Friday 9:00 - 17:00


  • Monday to Saturday 7:00 - 22:00
  • Closed Sunday
  • Staffed Monday to Friday 9:00 - 17:00 with no staffing on Saturdays

Accessible versions of essential reading list items

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.