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Accessibility at Main Library

Find out more about the accessible facilities available at 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 cafe and free WiFi available.

We only offer inductions to the students that have been recommended to have one from the DASS office.


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 main Customer Services desk on the ground floor.

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.