Library support for disabled students

If you are a disabled student or have a support need or medical condition, the library staff aim to ensure that you are able to make full use of the library facilities.

In order to take full advantage of all the library's resources and services, it is important to make yourself known to the Disability Advice and Guidance team as soon as possible after starting your course. We work closely with the library contacts to ensure that your needs are communicated, highlighted and supported. The library can help students in a number of ways.

The video below provides information about the support available from the library for disabled students.

What disability-related support is available at the library?

One to one inductions

We can arrange for you to have a one to one induction to the library. If you would like to arrange this, please contact us.

Borrowing material

If you find it difficult to use the online catalogue or obtain books from the shelves, arrangements can be made for a member of the library staff to search for the items and bring them to the issue desk for you or your study assistant to collect. It is helpful to provide at least a day's notice if you require material to be collected. Disabled students can also arrange to borrow short-term loan items for a longer period.

Photocopying service, book and copy delivery service

A photocopying request service is available for readers who don't wish to do the copying themselves. For a fee, the library will do your photocopying and you can collect it from the help desk. A book and copy delivery service is also available.

Library staff will retrieve the items you require and either send the book(s) to you or copy a journal article and post it to you.

You can ask about either of these services at the help desk in either of the main libraries.


The library has a limited supply of green, pink and cream coloured A4 printer paper. This will be issued on demand from the help desks in both libraries for printing within the library.

Help desk staff will arrange for a member of library staff to accompany the student to the printer nearest the help desk, load the paper for them and ensure any surplus coloured paper is removed on completion.

The service will be available Monday-Friday 9am-8pm and Saturday-Sunday 12noon-5pm. Please note that during weekday evenings (after 5pm) and at weekends it may not be possible to offer immediate assistance due to reduced staffing levels at these times.

Accessibility software

We have bookable accessible study rooms in both libraries which has the latest accessibility software on pre-installed computers that are housed on height-adjustable desks. For more details visit the library web pages.

Speak to a Disability Advice & Guidance advisor

If you are unable to find the answer to your query on our web pages, please email Alternatively, if you are a registered student book a quick enquiry call back in the Student Services hub.