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Disability Support: Building accessibility

Information about the facilities and support available within Library Services for students, staff and visitors with additional needs.

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Hearing loop

A hearing loop (sometimes called an audio induction loop) is a sound system for use by people with hearing aids. The hearing loop provides a magnetic, wireless signal that is picked up by the hearing aid when it is set to ‘T’ setting.

The Library Reception and the Helpdesk on level 4 have hearing loops installed; these are always switched on and ready for use.

                                                         Hearing loop icon

Accessible laptop lockers

If you are borrowing a library laptop from the Lapsafe lockers and have limited mobility, you can select lockers which are within closest reach.

Choose the "Accessible lockers" button on the log-in screen and the Lapsafe will allocate you a laptop (if there is one available) from an accessible locker.

                                             Accessible laptop locker

If you require assistance with borrowing a laptop, please ask staff at the Reception desk.

Accessible routes through the library

Library users with impaired mobility may wish to make use of the accessible routes in the library.

Lift access to Floor 6: The library lift provides access to Levels 2-5. Access to Level 6 for users with impaired mobility is via the Accessibility lift, just outside the turnstiles at the Library entrance on Level 4. You will need to have access enabled on your campus card to use the entrance to Level 6.

Accessibility entrance on Level 2: There is an accessible entrance to the building on level 2, for those users with disabilities entering the building from the direction of the canal bridge/ Charles Sikes building. You will need to have access enabled on your campus card to use this entrance. 

If you would like more information about accessible routes through the library, or to have card access enabled, please contact the Library Disability Support Advisor

Accessible toilets

There are accessible toilets on all floors of the library (on level 4, the nearest accessible toilet is opposite the Santander bank, near the 24-hour computer rooms.)

Our map of the library floors shows the locations of accessible toilets and indicates whether they are right- or left-hand transfer.  

Library floor maps

Download maps of the library floors showing the location of study areas, bookable rooms, drinking water, accessible toilets and workstations, and fire exits:

Help with getting your books

Do you struggle to find or reach books due to your disability or Specific Learning Difficulty? Would you like to be able to collect all your books from one point?

The library offers a Book Retrieval Service where this is indicated on your Personal Learning Support Plan.  Simply send us the details of the books you would like, and the Disability Coordinators in the library will retrieve these for you. You will then be able to collect the books from the Helpdesk on level 4 within 48 hours.

If you are eligible for this service, please use the Book Retrieval Request form on the HudHelp self-service portal. If you are unsure, or for more details, please contact the Library Disability Support Advisor. 

Library lifts

Both lifts in the library are fitted with mirrors, raised numbers on the buttons, and voice announcement of floor/direction of travel.

• The main library lift gives access to Floors 2 to 5.

• Access to Floor 6, and to Floor 1 for the exit to Wakefield Road car park, is via the Accessibility Lift.  Access to Floor 6 requires your campus card to be enabled: please see the Library Disability Support Advisor for more details.

Campus Accessibility