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


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 differences (SpLDs), and we are 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 with the Wellbeing Service: for more information about the kind of support offered, and how to book, please visit the Wellbeing Service appointments webpage

Find more information on the full range of support for disabled students at the University, from the Disability Service. 

Explore the HudStudy module on Brightspace for software to help you study.


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    


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 help 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, by using HudHelp, or via the relevant subject guide pages.

Students with a disability, long term condition or Specific Learning Difference may register with the University Disability Service 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, including extra help using the library.

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 using online resources.
  • Book retrieval service for those who need support to find, reach or carry physical books.
  • Alternative formats for reading materials if your disability or specific learning difference makes it hard for you to use printed materials.
  • 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, height-adjustable desks, and fire exits:

Door to door service

If you are unable to come to the library in person, we can send books and journal articles to your home or work address (there is a charge for this service).

For further details, please see the Door to Door webpage.

Staff member

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.