Information for students with disabilities

We work with Student Disability Services to support you when using the Library. You can contact Denise Currie for more information on using the Library.

Accessing the Library

Lifts serve all areas of the building.

You are welcome to bring in a helper or a dog. If you wish to bring a helper into the Library or to have a helper fetch material for you, please contact Student Disability Services to arrange this initially.

The University uses AccessAble to provide an online description of the physical access features of over 80 university services and buildings, including the Library.

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Loan Periods

Extended loan periods are available. If the book you need is only available for 4-hour loan, you may be able to have it for longer if demand is low. Contact Student Disability Services for information about extended loans.

Fetching Service

Books and journals can be fetched from the shelves for collection at the Welcome Desk. Contact Student Disability Services to arrange this.


The Library has some lockers available for use by students registered with the Disability Service. Please contact Student Disability Services to discuss requirements.

Accessible Toilets

Accessible toilets are available throughout the building.

Study Rooms

The Library has a limited number of study rooms available for use by disabled students. Please contact Student Disability Services to discuss requirements.

IT Facilities and Software

The Assistive Technology Centre on Level 5 (Room 529) has a variety of assistive equipment and software. Please contact Student Disability Services for access information.

Emergency Procedures

There are fire refuge points in the lobby areas next to the stairwells on Levels 4 – 12. Levels 2 and 3 have fire exits at ground level. If you are studying on the upper levels of the building and depend on the lifts to get around or have visual impairment please make your way to the nearest Refuge Point when the fire alarm sounds. Each Refuge has a phone - use it to contact Security staff and let them know where you are. They will make sure someone comes to help you as soon as possible.