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Library Online: Resources for disabled students

Welcome to the library guide on resources and services for disabled library users

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!  

  • Library staff work to ensure that our webpages are accessible and meet legal accessibility requirements.  Some of our online resources, such as databases, are provided by third parties, with whom we would be very happy to raise any accessibility issues. 

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.

How to find your way around campus and inside Hallam buildings

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 the entrance to Collegiate Library 

This is Adsetts Library. 


This is the entrance to Adsetts Library

Things to do before you visit the Library for the first time

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

  • Before you come to the Library for the first time, take a look at the Access Able guide for either Adsetts or Collegiate Library to help you familiarise yourself with the space and layout.
  • Book the study space you want to use. In order to offer a safe working environment, all your PC’s or study spaces now require a booking to be made in advance, you won’t be able to come to the Library and log in or access to our spaces without a booking.
  • Make sure you have your SHUcard as you will need to use it to access the building using the swipe gates.

Book the study space you want to use

This is an example of students studying.

Book on to sessions with the Assistive Technology Service

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:

  • notetaking
  • lecture recording
  • time management
  • organisation
  • essay structuring
  • research skills and revision.

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.

Workspace in the library - the Assistive Technology Resource (ATR) areas

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.

Adsetts Library:

  • Level 2
  • Level 3
  • Level 4
  • Level 5
  • Level 6

Collegiate Library

  • Ground Floor
  • Level 1

Fire safety for disabled students

What is a PEEP?

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.

Refuge point sign

What to do if the fire alarm sounds

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:

  • Do NOT use any lifts
  • Wait until most people have left, then begin to use the stairs
  • Go to the assembly point (fire information signs on corridors will tell you where this is)

If you cannot get out, such as if you cannot use the stairs:

  • Do NOT use any lifts
  • Go to the nearest refuge - usually at the top of stairs or in a lift lobby
  • Let someone responsible know you are there e.g. a member of staff. Ask them to tell a fire marshal when they get out of the building.
  • Use the communication system in the refuge (see below). You can also ring Security directly using your mobile on 0114 2252888 / 0114 2252000

Disabled refuges

At the top of most main stairs there are refuges that have fire protection. Most contain a refuge communication system. To use this:

  • Press the button and wait for a response (don't worry if this is not straight away)
  • The system goes straight through to University Security
  • In most cases this is a false alarm so you will be advised to remain where you are

Evacuation chairs

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.

Learning contracts and library support

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.

Make it accessible with Sensus Access

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

Support in the libraries

In the libraries:

  • We have an induction loop system at Collegiate Campus
  • You can print on to pastel shaded paper at any of the library printers - ask at the helpdesk for pastel paper and if you need any help to do this.
  • If you would like a television programme recorded with subtitles, please try to let the library know at least seven days before it is due to be broadcast.
  • DVDs (some with subtitles) are available at each campus library.

Library staff can also help with:

  • Library staff can help you enlarge photocopies.
  • retrieving books from shelves
  • database searches
  • using assistive software

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.

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This page was last updated 06/09/2021.

Adsetts Library [map pdf]
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City Campus, Howard Street
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