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Services for Users with Disabilities


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Welcome to the University of Bath Library. We are committed to providing equality of opportunity for all users of our services and facilities. We do this by providing appropriate facilities, including assistive software and equipment, as well as assistance with using the Library and accessing its resources.

This guide provides an overview of services the Library offers in support of students and staff with disabilities. More detailed guides to our services are available. We can provide any Library guide on coloured paper, on request.

An introduction to the Library

Your Subject Librarian will be happy to introduce you to the Library and to show you how to use the Library Catalogue and other subject-specific databases. You can find contact details for your Subject Librarian, the Librarian for your Department, here.


There is one central Library building on campus, open 24 hours a day all year, including all national holidays. During semester, Library staff are available on the subject floors to at least 5pm, and at the Issue Desk from 9am to 7pm weekdays and 10am to 5pm at weekends. University Reception on Level 2 is staffed 24 hours a day by members of the Security Service. There are wide automatic sliding doors at the Library entrance, then gates into the Library which swing open when your Library card is placed on their sensor. Reception staff will open the adjacent, wider glass gate, on request. Inside the Library, there are stairs and a lift to all five floors.

What to do in an emergency



Assistive technology

There are public access computers (PACs) on all floors of the Library and the entire building is wireless-enabled. Students registered with the Disability Service may also be able to borrow equipment such as a laptop, audio recorder or visualiser, for short or longer term loan. All PACs and laptops have a range of assistive software installed, including speech-to-text, mind mapping and screen-reading utilities.

There is a dedicated study room on Level 3 containing 4 computers with additional specialist software and hardware to provide speech-to-text, screen magnification, scanning, and dedicated print and braille output. Students can request access to this room from the University’s Disability Service.

You can request advice and support with assistive technology from Tim Winship or Will Trimble, via the Computing Services Help Desk on Level 2, or the Computing Services pink Help button.

Further information on assistive technologies is available.

Fetching books and journals

If you have difficulty reaching books or journals on the shelves, Library staff will be happy to fetch these and put them aside for you to collect. If you are a University of Bath student with a support worker we can arrange for them to borrow books on your behalf. If your support worker does not have their own Library card, staff at the Issue Desk will provide them with an access-only card. For enquiries about borrowing books, please email library@bath.ac.uk or call +44 (0)1225 385000.

Alternative formats

If you find it difficult to view the Library’s print or electronic resources, ask your Subject Librarian about alternative formats which can be provided. The Library may be able to obtain your course readings in a more accessible format, such as PDF, directly from the publisher. Alternatively, all the scan/copy/print machines in Copy and Print on Level 2 of the Library can produce free PDF scans. Staff at the Copy & Print point will be happy to help if you need assistance.

Further information

For advice on support available for students with disabilities, please contact the University’s Disability Service, email: disabilityadvice@bath.ac.uk or call +44 (0)1225 385538. Information correct at time of going to print (JH Sept 2016)