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

Covid-19

Please note that due to Covid-19 safety measures in place in the library, some facilities and services may be limited. For more details please see our FAQ page on what we are doing to operate a safe, socially distanced library service.  

Introduction

Welcome to the library guide for disabled library users, where you will find an overview of the additional support available. The Library Service welcomes students, staff and visitors with disabilities, long-term conditions and specific learning difficulties, and is committed to maintaining an inclusive environment for all our users. Use the tabs across the page to be taken to further information; you can also listen to the text if using the Edge browser, by right-clicking anywhere on the page and selecting "Read aloud".

Useful contacts

We're here to help!

You can book an appointment online for counselling, wellbeing or disability support

Find more information on the full range of support at the University, from the Disability Service: 

•Email: disability@hud.ac.uk or Tel: 01484 471001

Explore HudStudy for support using assistive technology: Email: hudstudy@hud.ac.uk, book a training session or tel: 01484 471334

 

Support available

HelpDesk Please speak to a member of staff at the Helpdesk on Level 4 if you have any questions about Computing & Library Services. If you need help finding books, or getting them from the shelves, staff will be happy to help. 

IT support For advice and support with IT, you can contact us in various ways: 

•Tel: 01484 473737    

•Email: it.support@hud.ac.uk  

There is lots more useful information on our webpages or via HudHelp, our self-service portal. 

Get started using the library with our module on Brightspace, 'Using the Library and IT Services'.

One-to-one support For support with referencing, using databases, finding information for assignments, or other advice on using the library resources, you can book an individual appointment with your Subject Librarian, either by emailing library@hud.ac.uk, by using HudHelp, or via the relevant subject guide pages.

Students who disclose a disability, long term medical condition or Specific Learning Difficulty to the University Disability Service will meet with a member of the team and work with them to create a Personal Learning Support Plan (PLSP). This is a document which sets out the support recommended for you during your time at the University of Huddersfield. 

We will contact you once we receive your PLSP from Disability Services.

Based on the recommendations in your PLSP, the additional support in the library may include:

  • Extended initial loan period on Library books, plus higher loan limits (20 books) This will automatically be applied once you have a PLSP in place;
  • Individual library induction, including support with online resources;
  • Book retrieval service for those who struggle to find, reach or carry physical books;
  • Personal Emergency Evacuation Plans for students who may have difficulty leaving the building in the event of an emergency alarm;
  • Coloured paper for printing;
  • Proxy borrowing - the option to nominate another person to collect your library books for you.

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:

Librarian

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Katherine Coussement
Contact:
I am based on level 4 of the library, near the Help Centre. Please feel free to call in and see me to discuss the support available, Monday-Friday 9am-5pm.
01484 473925

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.