This guide will help you find a range of Library services and resources available to support library users with disabilities or additional needs. If you have any questions about using Library services or resources, we would be happy to help, so please get in touch with us!
We are keen to hear your feedback if you experience any accessibility issues using the Library buildings, our services or resources.
Here you can also find links to other support services like the Disabled Student Support Team and the Inclusive Support team. Please go to each team's website to find out more about the range of support available to students with disabilities or additional needs.
Here are pictures of the entrances to the libraries to help you spot our buildings when you are on campus.
This is Collegiate Library.
This is Adsetts Library.
We appreciate that new spaces and buildings, volume of people and noise levels and new services and procedures to navigate can be challenging. Rest assured, the Library is here to help you and here are a few things to do to make those first visits as straightforward as possible.
Things to do before you visit the Library for the first time
The Assistive Technology service promotes and trains students to be able to use the assistive software available on AppsAnywhere.
Our sessions will provide you with a variety of tools to support:
Book a session to find out more about how applications and software like Mindview, Office 365 and Microsoft Edge and Audio Notetaker can help you.
The ATR areas includes a range of specialist equipment, software and adjustable furniture. There are also different types of software available on AppsAnywhere.
The ATR equipment in these areas is only for the use of disabled students registered with the Disabled Student Support Team. Look out for the ATR logo in both campus libraries.
A Personal Emergency Evacuation Plan (PEEP) is an individual plan tailored to the needs of a person who cannot get themselves out of a building unaided during an emergency situation. It will define the route the person is likely to take and any other assistance that is available.
A PEEP is most applicable to individuals with mobility issues, such as wheelchair users and individuals who use walking sticks or crutches. It could also include individuals with visual impairment.
If the fire alarm is continuous, you must get out of the building via the nearest exit. Please familiarise yourself with the exits in the buildings you will be using.
If the alarm is intermittent (City campus only) you do not have to leave the building, but it may be worth leaving the building in case it becomes continuous.
If you can get out of the building (even if this is slowly) please do so:
If you cannot get out, such as if you cannot use the stairs:
At the top of most main stairs there are refuges that have fire protection. Most contain a refuge communication system. To use this:
In the highly unusual event that you must get out of the building but cannot use the stairs, all of the University's buildings now have evacuation chairs. All University Security staff are trained how to use these and can transfer you down the stairs and out of the building.
If you have a disability, including a long term medical condition, a specific learning difficulty e.g. dyslexia, or a mental health condition, you can access additional support for your academic studies whilst at University.
This includes a university document called a Learning Contract and funding to cover extra study-related costs caused by your disability.
Sensus Access allows you to convert documents into a range of alternate media including audio books (MP3 and DAISY), e-books (EPUB, EPUB3 and Mobi) and digital Braille.
The service can also be used to convert inaccessible documents such as image-only PDF files, JPG pictures and Microsoft PowerPoint presentations into more accessible and less tricky formats.
Conditions of use
You can make an accessible copy if you own the copyright (e.g. it's your own work), have permission from the copyright holder, if the copyright has expired, or if it's for someone with a print disability. By using this tool you are agreeing that
In the libraries:
DVDs (some with subtitles) are available at each campus library.
Library staff can also help with:
There are a range of specialist assistive software packages which you may find useful, such as Zoomtext, and Jaws. You can find information about software provision within My Hallam or by using the software information link.
This page was last updated 06/09/2021.