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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Locker loans - Undergraduate student lockers are available at Clifford Whitworth Library and Allerton Learning Space. A number of lockers are set aside for students whose support plans require them. They are large enough to store several books so you will not need 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.
|Building||Room number||Number of desks|
|Clifford Whitworth||Ground floor & 1st floor PC suites||Each have 2 – power assisted|
|Ground floor study space||1 – power assisted|
|Maxwell||201 & 202||Each have 1 - power assisted|
|Allerton||ALS203||1 - power assisted|
|2nd floor extension area||3 - manual|
|ALS404||2 - manual|
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.
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.
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.
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.
The closest accessible parking spaces are:
See www.disabledgo.com for more detailed information about accessible parking on campus.
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.