Disabled users services
The library provides a range of services for disabled members and members with learning difficulties, and is committed to being responsive to your needs and accessible to all
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
- 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)
- find information, study skills tips and resources to help you with your studies
- arranging membership of RNIB Bookshare for students with a qualifying print disability
Disability support from library staff
For enquiries about one-to-one training in the use of library resources, or any other type of assistance, send an email to the Library Disability Support Team.
Computers and mobile devices
See our separate web page for information about built-in options for accessibility on devices and software.
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
Other support organisations
- AbilityNet – information about adaptive technology and DSA
- Accessible Public Transport Information from TFL
- ADHDadultUK – The UK’s adult ADHD charity
- Adult Dyslexia Awareness & Good Practice for Employers
- British Dyslexia Association
- Diversity and Ability – Inclusion & Accessibility in Education and Work
- Disability Rights UK – Guidance and Resources
- Dyspraxia Foundation
- Google Accessibility
- RNID – National Hearing Loss Charity
- Support for People with Sight Loss – Thomas Pocklington Trust