Disabled users services
The library provides a range of services for disabled members and tries wherever possible to be responsive to your needs
How the library can help
The library uses the social model of disability to provide equality of access by removing social and physical barriers to resources. We help by providing:
- one-to-one follow-up literature search and database training
- assistance from friendly and knowledgeable staff
- your own unique login for free photocopying and printing
- dedicated workstations for visually-impaired and wheelchair users
- postal loans and extended loan periods
- special reservation service – most items can be reserved via the online catalogue, however if you require additional assistance, please contact us at least two working days in advance with details of the items you require
- Microsoft accessibility application on all library PCs – please ask for help at the library reception desk
- readings in braille or other alternative formats (by pre-arrangement only, please contact the library at least one month in advance)
Disability support from library staff
For enquiries about one-to-one training in the use of library resources please email Mathieu Lubrun the information skills trainer.
For any other type of assistance, send an email to the Library Disability Support Team.
Library video guides
YouTube videos on how to use read aloud to listen to articles and books, changing background colours in a PDF and accessing your online reading lists.
How to use read aloud
Change background colours on a PDF
Accessing your reading lists
Computers and mobile devices
Microsoft Windows 10
Windows 10 offers a set of built-in and third-party accessibility features. Microsoft also offers tips for using its accessibility tools and features in its products to meet specific needs. Explore and download the Microsoft accessibility guides.
Apple Mac OS
Mac OS includes features to help you work in alternative ways including keyboard customisation, screen motion-reduction and Switch Control for assistive devices. Get started with accessibility features on Mac.
Apple iPhone and Apple iPad
Apple mobile devices have built-in settings that include voice control and display changes. From your device’s Home screen, go to Settings and find Accessibility. See accessibility features on Apple iPhone or see accessibility features on Apple iPad.
Google Android devices
Google Android mobile devices include audio, vision and mobility support. On your device’s Settings app, tap Accessibility to find features. More about accessibility on Google Android devices.
Colour change app
ColorVeil is a free app that adds a colour filter over your screen and any application you are using. It can help with eye strain, dyslexia, scotopic sensitivity syndrome, or visual stress. Find out more about ColorVeil.
Find out how you can listen to book chapters and journal articles available in the library online collection.
The Librivox Project is a growing a collection of audio books in the public domain read by volunteers, which can be preferable to an automated voice. Books are mainly fiction but there is also some Freud and psychology related material.
Descriptive audio app
Seeing AI is an app that helps you navigate your day with the help of narration describing people, text and objects. Get more information on the Seeing AI app on the Microsoft website. You can also find Seeing AI on the Apple App Store.
Where to find help and advice
- Tavistock and Portman disabled student support
- University of Essex access and disability
- University of East London accessibility
UK Government websites
- Find out about the Disabled Students’ Allowance
- Disability Discrimination Act
- Disability Rights and Unemployment