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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 support 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 and recommend you get in contact with us! We are keen to hear your feedback if you experience any accessibility issues using the Library buildings, our services or resources. 

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

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.

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

Resources for students with a visual impairment or dyslexia in the libraries

We offer:

  • Specialist assistive software packages which you may find useful, such as Zoomtext, and Jaws. You can find these by searching the IT Services software list on MyHallam.
  • 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.
  • Library staff can help you enlarge photocopies.
  • You can use Sensus Access to convert documents into a range of alternate media indlucing audio books, e-books and digital Braille.
  • The RNIB Student Support Service publishes a Student Information Pack which is available in print, Braille or on tape from RNIB Customer Services, PO Box 173, Peterborough, PE2 OW5, Telephone 08457 023153.

Library staff can also help with:

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.

If you would like a more personalised and detailed plan, which looks specifically at the buildings which you are likely to use on your course, then please contact the Disabled Student Support team.

Resources for deaf students in the libraries

You can use the Relay UK service (18001 0114 225 3333) to contact the libraries or you can email us at

We have an induction loop system at Collegiate Campus

DVDs (some with subtitles) are available at each campus library.

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.

Submit a request to record a programme by going to Library Gateway > Video, Images and Audio > Shuplayer > Record > Choose a programme > Click 'Request Recording.'

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This page was last updated 22/06/2021.

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