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Accessible Library facilities

Find out more about the accessible facilities available for disabled customers using the libraries.

Main Library

The Main Library is one of only five National Research Libraries and houses over four million printed books and manuscripts and 414,000 electronic books and journals. 

There is a café and free WiFi available and we offer Library inductions for all students to help you fully understand how the Library can support your studies.

Parking

Free parking spaces for disabled customers are available at the end of Burlington Street, in the old Quadrangle Area. A member of security staff in the Lodge at the entrance Burlington Street can advise.

Entering the library

There is a swing door to the left of the revolving doors providing card activated entry for disabled customers.

Inside the library there are wide turnstiles, one for entry and one for exit, next to the reception desk which are suitable for wheelchair access.

All floors are accessible using the lifts.

Nearly all areas of the library are accessible to wheelchair users. However, if you have any difficulty navigating your way through the library, please speak to a member of staff at any of the Service Desks on Blue Ground and Blue Floor 1, or Roving Support Staff on the other floors, identifiable by their  "Here to Help" signs.

Accessible toilets

These can be found on the first floor, Blue 1, and the ground floor, Blue Ground.

The accessible toilet on Blue 1 has an electronic hoist.

The accessible toilet on Blue Ground has a baby changing unit.

Hearing loops

There are hearing loops at the customer services and high demand desks.

Accessible equipment

Accessible equipment room

Located behind the Reservation "Collect me" room on Blue Ground it contains:

  • Electronic height adjustable workstations
  • PC’S with assistive software  for visually impaired customers, including:
    • Zoomtext and Supernova - provide magnifying and text read back facilities,
    • Dragon Naturally Speaking - voice activated software,
    • Inspiration - mind mapping visual software helpful to dyslexic customers.

Not all students registered at the University Disability Support Office can use this room as access is only permitted on the advice of the University Disability Support Office.

Other equipment

Self-service machines at wheelchair height are available in Blue Ground.

A lowered section at the high demand service desk is suitable for wheelchair users.  

There are four wheelchair height PCs available on near the reception desk in Blue Ground where you can search the Library catalogue.  

There is also a PC and scanner on Blue 1 near the escalators for the sole use of students registered at the Disability Support Office. You can access all your usual applications from the PCs in the Library. 

If you are unsure about anything related to IT services, please speak to the IT services desk Blue 1.

Alan Gilbert Learning Commons

The Alan Gilbert Learning Commons (AGLC) is a purpose built, multi-media study space. It is open 24/7 and offers a comfortable working environment with lots of natural light. 

You can access the multi-function devices which enable you to print, scan and photocopy and there are charging stations if you need to top up the battery life on your laptop, tablet or phone.

There is also a café and free WiFi.

All areas of the AGLC are fully accessible.

Parking

Free parking spaces for disabled customers are available at the end of Burlington Street, in the old Quadrangle Area. A member of security staff in the Lodge at the entrance Burlington Street can advise.

Entering the AGLC

Disabled access is via the power assisted door next to the revolving doors.

Every floor is accessible by lifts.

Accessible toilets

There are accessible toilets on each floor.

Hearing loop

A hearing loop is available at the reception desk.

Accessible study room

An accessible study room is located on the ground floor. It has height adjustable desks and assistive software (Zoomtext and Supernova). Please note that access to this room is only available on the advice of the University Disability Support Office. 

Height adjustable desks

Height adjustable desks are available in various parts of the AGLC.

Art and Archaeology Site Library

The library is located on the 4th floor of the Mansfield Cooper building and is accessible for wheelchair users via two lifts. 

It has spacious working areas and plenty of natural light.  The service desk has a lowered section for wheelchair users and there is an Evac chair/refuge area just outside the library.  

Full details of the Art and Archaeology Library

Braddick Library

The library is situated on the 1st floor and is accessible for wheelchair users  via a lift. 

There is one PC available for general use and the space is well lit offering natural light. 

The service desk is wheel chair height with plenty of space to move around it.

Full details of the Braddick Library.

The John Rylands Library

The John Rylands Library is a Grade 1 listed building and was first opened to the public in 1900.

The modern extension is fully accessible with level access, a power assisted entrance door, a spacious lift to all floors and an accessible toilet. 

There is level access to all public areas of the building except the old entrance hall where access is via a flight of stairs.

A hearing loop is available at the Reader Services reception (level 4) and an Evac chair is available.

Find out more about The John Rylands Library - OLD.

Joule Library

The Joule Library is located in Sackville Street Building.

The entrance is from Granby Row and the library is on Floor E which can be accessed via a lift. 

There is a manual height adjustable desk for studying, this may however require assistance to alter. 

The library is spacious with plenty of seating and plenty of space to move around between the shelves. 

There is an accessible toilet on E Floor near to the Reception Desk.

A hearing loop is available.

Parking for Blue Badge Holders is available in Granby Row. There is a communication link on the gate to the Security Lodge staff, who will open  gate for you.

Find out more about the Joule Library.

Kantorowich Library

The Kantorowich Library is situated on the ground floor of the Humanities building on Bridgford Street.

It offers a comfortable and spacious study environment with plenty of natural light. 

Wheelchair users can access the library through the rear of the building.

Find out more about the Kantorowich Library.

Lenegan Library

The Lenegan Library is located on the lower ground floor (basement) of the Martin Harris Centre. Due to the location of the library, there is no wheelchair access. 

It offers a comfortable study space and also has a listening room where you can use their equipment to listen to all forms of audio format.

Find out more about the Lenegan Library.

Precinct Library

The Precinct Library offers a comfortable working environment with plenty of natural light and study space.

Wheelchair access is via a lift and a section of the service desk has been lowered to wheelchair height. Please note access via the lift is not possible after 6pm.

There is a fire door and ramp leading to the main precinct shopping area. 

Find out more about the Precinct Library.

Stopford Library

The library is on the 3rd floor of the Stopford building and is accessible for wheelchair users via a lift. 

There is one electronic height adjustable desk, ergonomic furniture, large monitors on the desks and assisted software. 

There are also six study rooms each with white boards and dimmer switches enabling you to adjust the lighting. 

The lighting is good and there is plenty of floor space for wheelchair users. 

There is a self-service machine at wheelchair height and a hearing loop.

Find out more about the Stopford Library.

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