Information for Learners with Additional Needs

The Library offers a range of services and assistive technology for students, staff and visitors with disabilities or learning differences. If you want to arrange help before coming to the library or want to discuss any extra support you may need, please contact us. We are located in the University's main entrance building and accessed via the atrium. We have three levels, accessible by lift or stairs:

  • Level 0 - Accessible toilets, access to one teaching room (CH004), School Experience Collection
  • Level One - Entrance to the Library, accessible toilet, group study areas, access to one teaching room (CH116). During staffed hours the Library main door is set to open automatically when entering and exiting.
    During unstaffed hours you will need to use your swipe card to obtain entrance but the doors will open automatically when you exit.
  • Level Two - Accessible toilets, access to one teaching room (CH212), assistive equipment, Silent Study area, Silent PC lab / library training room (CH204), access to Student Support Centre with Inclusion Co-ordinator, Dyslexia Support Team, Study Skills Support and open access PCs

If you experience any difficulties accessing the building or any of its services, please ask for help from a member of staff.

Library services and equipment for learners with additional needs include:

Access to specialist software and equipment such as; JAWS screen reading software, a ReadEasy scanner and a PC magnifier

Portable hearing loop

Different formats of documents or resources on request

Use of type-talk
Signs and notices that follow RNIB clear print guidelines

Coloured paper for photocopying or printing
Book retrieval service
Substitute borrower assistance - If you are registered with Newman's Disability Support service and find it difficult to access the Library you can make arrangements for up to two named substitute borrowers to borrow books on your account.
Silent study areas
Extended loan type
Photocopy help
Coloured overlays
Hand held magnifier
Height adjustable desks

More help

To request further help or to make suggestions see the library contact information or email the library

Useful websites

For general information about Newman provision for students with additional needs see below for some useful links:

Disability and Mental Health Service

Students with dyslexia




Additional useful links

  • RNIB A national organisation offering information, support and advice to people with sight problems.
  • Action on Hearing Loss A national organisation which offers support and information for deaf and hard of hearing people.
  • Disability Rights UK A national organisation of disabled people seeking to lead change and get equal participation for all
If you know of any sites that you think should be included here, or if any of the links are out of date, then please e-mail


Last updated February 2019