Students with disabilities

We aim to make our resources and facilities accessible to all users of the Library.  You can ask any member of Library staff for assistance when you are in the Library.

If you would like to discuss your individual requirements please contact Anne Perkins, tel. 0121 204 4492, email a.v.perkins@aston.ac.uk

If you require your Study Support Worker to access Library services on your behalf, please complete an 'Authorisation for Use of Library Services' memo.

Entry to the building is usually through a rotating door which requires users entering the building to manually push the doors around. To the right-hand side of the rotating door, there is an automatic swing door that can be opened using your uniCARD providing you are registered with the Disability Team.

Once inside the building, there are swipe-access barriers to get through to the main Library. There is also a wide lane for users with mobility difficulties, and your uniCARD will activate this gate provided you are registered with the Disability Team.

If you need to use these entrances but don't currently have access, please speak to IT Services.

There are accessible toilets on every floor of the Library, accessed with a RADAR key. If you require a key, this is available from the Library Reception desk.

There is a lift providing access to all levels of the Library.

In case of fire, the lift should not be used. If you are in the Library and cannot use stairs unaided, you should wait for assistance on the landing areas of either the front and back staircase. Both of these areas are designated Refuge Points. An E-Vac chair is available on each staircase for carrying people downstairs quickly.

All floors of the library are wheelchair-accessible, meaning that you can choose to work in the group study areas, silent areas, and at computers. The Library building is wireless-enabled, should you wish to bring your own laptop and software.

There are two rooms specifically designated for users with a disability or additional need on the ground floor of the Library. The rooms are accessible for wheelchair users and are for people working alone or with a support worker, and/or using the technology provided. If you are registered with the Disability Team you can use these rooms by swiping in with your uniCARD.

In these areas you will find:
  • computers with large monitors, that have assistive software installed
  • height-adjustable tables
  • scanner
  • daylight lamp
  • CCTV magnification system
  • tinted overlays to aid reading of books and journals

There are also height-adustable desks and chairs in both computer labs on the ground floor.

If you are registered with the Disability Team, you are automatically entitled to extended book loans. Please speak to the Help Desk or e-mail the Library if you have any queries related to this.

Books can be fetched from the shelves for you in advance of your visit, and left for you or your Support Worker to collect. Please try to give at least half a day's notice if possible, and note that this service is only available on weekdays, when the building is staffed. You can request this service either by email, library@aston.ac.uk or by telephone.

We can send books out to you by post if you are unable to come to the Library in person. You can return the books by post, but please note that this will be at your own risk and you will have to pay the return postage.

The University is required to provide alternative formats of books to students with a disability should this be a service that they require. If you require an alternative format, please contact the Library to discuss your needs.

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