Although we are always proud to show off our books and electronic resources in the library, we are aware that these are not always easily accessible to everyone.  Some students have visual impairments, or the added obstacle to reading of dyslexia or being on the autism spectrum.  Reading is something which most of us take for granted, but it is not easy for all.

Luckily, we can give to support to any students with a designated ‘Print Disability’ and can often provide resources in alternative formats.  To qualify for this, and keep within copyright law, a student must have officially notified RGU’s Inclusion Centre of their disability.  RGU are members of a scheme called RNIB Bookshare, run by the Royal National Institute of Blind People, and the Library can use this to try to obtain your essential reading in a variety of different formats. Not every book is available through this scheme but we’ll do our best to support you and source what you need.

Height adjustable desk

As well as this, the library is equipped with a height adjustable desk on each floor, lifts to all the floors and a wheelchair accessible toilet.  Our Welcome desk on Level 5 always has someone willing to help and there are often staff at the Help Points on each floor as well.  These desks are all fitted with an induction loop.

Help point

We’re always looking for ways to make our services more accessible.  Last year we relaunched our Harvard Referencing Templates to be more accessible to screen readers, but we know we can do more.  If you have any suggestions then please get in touch.  Whilst we can’t guarantee that we can fix everything, we always guarantee to take your comments seriously and see what we can do to help.

Maria Robertson is the Library’s accessibility support contact.  She can be contacted via email or by telephone on 01224 263730, and will be happy to discuss your individual needs in confidence.  No help provided by the Library or Inclusion Centre is recorded on your student record so please do not hesitate to let us help you get your best results possible.

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