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Accessibility and Enhanced Library Support

An enhanced service for disabled students and students with a learning difficulty or long-term health condition.

We offer a range of support to ensure that our facilities and services are accessible to disabled students and those with a Specific Learning Difference for example dyslexia, dyspraxia or ADHD.

Whilst our Enhanced Library Support service requires a referral from Disability Support Services, a number of other useful services are available on-demand to all students.

For information about Disability Support Services and how to get a Support Plan visit the Student Services website.



Enhanced Library Support

The Library offers an enhanced service for disabled students. This includes:

  • Assistive Technology Rooms (ATRs)
  • Dedicated enhanced library support study spaces
  • Extended library loan and collection periods
  • Support with using the library - searching the catalogue, finding books, scanning etc

Your library loans

Your library loans

  • How long can I keep my book for? Books are usually be issued for seven days and will auto-renew everyday unless someone else requests them.
  • How do I know when I need to return my book? If someone else has requested your book, we will let you know by email that it hasn't auto-renewed and is due back. So, unless we tell you, you won't have to do anything, just keep the book until you no longer need it.
  • Extended high-demand loan periods – Books that are in high demand will be issued for four days only. These items will not renew.

Borrowing books

  • Click and Collect and extended collection period - We will pick books from the shelves and save them for you at the lending desk/reservations shelf at your preferred library. If you have declared a disability, you will have seven days to collect your item.
  • Postal loans - We currently provide a postal loans service for staff and students who need access to print resources.

 Assistive Technology Rooms

Assistive technology rooms are bookable spaces within our libraries that provide access to assistive technology and hardware to support your studies.

For information about the Assistive Technology rooms (ATRs), including what's available and where they are, please visit the ATR webpage.


Enhanced Library Support study spaces

Study rooms for students eligible for Enhanced Library Support are available in Hallward Library and George Green Library.

To book these rooms please email or call 0115 95 16393 and let us know:

  • which library you wish to use
  • the date and time you'd prefer
  • your Library Card number
  • any special requirements you may have

You will then receive an email confirming the time slot and space you have been allocated.

Adjustable height study spaces are also available through Click and Study.


Alternative formats

We produce resource materials for disabled students who cannot access standard text.

Formats include large print, braille, audio and electronic screen reader compatible files.

If you require publications in an alternative format, please contact us by phone on 0115 951 4591 or by email at


Support and bookable tours

Library staff are available to help with searching the catalogue, using databases, finding books and more.

You can also book a tour of the library by:


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Services available to all students

The following services are available to all students without a referral and are designed to make it easier to access library services, resources and support.

  • Quieter times – For those who prefer a quieter study environment, our libraries are usually quieter before 10am and after 6pm during weekdays or at weekends.
  • Click and Collect - Our Click and Collect service is available to all students. Without a referral from Enhanced Library Support, you will have three days to collect your requested items from our libraries.
  • Scanning for personal use - request scans of printed materials available in our collections (within copyright restrictions)
  • Postal loans - A postal loans service is currently available for students and staff who need to access print resources.
  • Click and Study - We offer bookable study space in our libraries, including height-adjustable desks and calm spaces. Calm spaces are ideal for students who particularly prefer a less disruptive study environment.
  • Webinars and drop-in sessions - We offer regular drop-in sessions and webinars covering a range of topics from getting started with using our libraries and finding resources to academic writing and time management.
  • Student Academic Skills – This team supports students with developing their academic skills (from note-making and time management to academic writing and referencing) through online resources and workshops
  • Help and support - Library staff are available to provide support in-person, on the telephone and online via email and live chat.
  • Reading Well @ UoN Libraries - Libraries have worked with colleagues from the University of Nottingham Health Service, Counselling Service and Welfare to create a reading list of books designed to improve your health and wellbeing.

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University of Nottingham Libraries

King's Meadow Campus
Lenton Lane
Nottingham, NG7 2NR

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