Disability support

Students taking a break

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 usInstagram 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:

Book collection - We can collect books for you, we just need 24 hours’ notice. Once collected, the items can be picked up at any library Enquiry Desk by you or a nominated person. Please contact the Library Enquiry Desk via telephone 0161 295 5535, or email library@salford.ac.uk if you wish to request retrieval of items in stock or add a nominated person to your library account.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

Find out about accessibility at Clifford Whitworth Library.

Adjustable desks

Building Room number Number of desks
Clifford Whitworth Ground floor & 1st floor PC suites Ground floor 1, First floor 2 – power assisted
  Ground floor study room 1 – power assisted
Maxwell 201 & 202 Each have 1 - power assisted

Assistive Technology Rooms

Some bookable study rooms have assistive technologies. The rooms can be booked at the Enquiry Desk in the library, or by telephoning 0161 295 5535. They cannot be booked using the library's online room booking system.

  • Clifford Whitworth Library, ground floor Assistive technology room - Inspiration, Jaws and Zoomtext software and a power-assisted adjustable desk.

Specialist software

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 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 headphones. Headphones are available from the Enquiry Desks at Clifford Whitworth and Allerton Learning Space.

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.

Building Inspiration available on PCs Jaws & Zoomtext
Clifford Whitworth 1st floor (Blue 'C' zone) C2, C3, C5, C6, C7, C9, C10,C11, (Pavilion 'D' zone) D1, D2  
Clifford Whitworth 2nd floor Assistive Technology Room 13  
Mary Seacole MS257 06, MS257 11, MS257 12, MS257 13, MS257 14, MS257 15  
Allerton ALS404 2 PCs in room ALS404 Yes

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: On the ground floor corridor to the right of the self service issue machines; on the first floor off the main staircase landing and in the 2nd floor extension, opposite the individual study rooms.

Allerton Learning Space: To the left of the entrance.

MediaCityUK: The closest to the library is down the corridor and past the stairs. Ask at the reception desk for more details.

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

  • Library visitors need their library ID card for access between 9am and 7pm - Monday to Friday and 10am - 3pm on Saturday. Closed Sunday. There is a ramp available at the entrance.
  • Accessible toilets are situated on the ground floor opposite the self-service issue machines, on the first floor off the main landing and on the second-floor extension opposite the study rooms.

Allerton Learning Space

  • The main entrances have automatic doors and there is a lift just inside the Frederick Road entrance. The Learning Space entrance is on the 1st floor.
  • On weekdays until 5pm there is access to a lift directly off the car park. Access to this lift must be arranged with the Enquiry Desk.
  • A speaking lift within the library goes to all library floors.


  • There are automatic doors at the main entrance which is level.
  • Access to the 1st floor is via the lift. The main reception will provide the lift’s access code.
  • The library Enquiry Desk is lowered.

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.