Library services for students with a disability or SpLD

The Keith Donaldson Library has a range of resources to suit your needs. Campus Connect is your one stop shop for the services provided by the Library, IT and Student Administration. Campus Connect staff are happy to assist you.

Entrance and access

The main student entrance to the campus building is via a ramp leading to the main corridor. Entrance to the Library is through double doors from the corridor. The doors are power-assisted and can be opened by a push-button. There is a disabled toilet adjoining the Library entrance.

There are a number of other entrances to the campus and library. Each is accessible via a wheelchair-friendly ramp.

The library is on two floors. A platform lift is available for those with restricted mobility.


Networked PCs are available in locations across the campus, including the Keith Donaldson Library and the Worsley Social Learning Space. They provide a range of specialist software to aid students with disabilities and specific learning disabilities, including Inspiration, Read and Write Gold, Mind View, and Magnify. If you would like support with using this software, please contact Student Wellbeing.

Loan periods

Books have different loan periods according to the demand for them. There are 4 different loan periods: 8 weeks, 4 weeks, 7 days and 24 hours. All student registered as having a disability or SpLD will automatically have 24 hour items issued for 48 hours.

If you have a disability or specific learning difficulty that means the shorter loan periods make it difficult for you to use the books, the Library may be able to buy additional copies and lend them to you for 4 weeks. Please contact Maggie Sarjantson in the Library.

24 hour Book Collection Service

This service is for students who find it difficult to search for books on shelves due to a disability or medical condition.
Please email the details of the items you need to, giving 24 hours’ notice. Please note that this service is only for those items that are available on the Library shelves. If the books you need are on loan please request them via the Library Catalogue or at the Campus Connect desk. Staff will have the items ready for you to collect at the Campus Connect desk. If a support worker is collecting the books on your behalf please let staff know in advance.

One–to–one research sessions

Individual sessions on how to use the Library’s resources are available for students with a disability or specific learning difficulty. Please contact Maggie Sarjantson in the Library or via email to if you would like to arrange this.

Printing and copying costs

Campus Connect can issue receipts to those who are able to claim back costs from Student Finance England through the Disabled Students Allowance. Please remember to purchase your printing and copying credit from Campus Connect rather than from the self-service machines and ask for a receipt.

Printing on coloured paper

Students with specific learning difficulties may prefer to print onto coloured paper. If this would be of benefit to you, please ask at the Campus Connect desk.

Wheelchair accessible library catalogue terminal

This is located on the ground floor of the Library next to the self-service machines.

Height-adjustable desks

The height of the desk can be adjusted at the touch of a button. There are three in the Library: one each in Silent study, KDL 2 and KDL 4.

Large print keyboard

These keyboards are ideal for students with dyslexia or visual impairment. Please visit the Campus Connect desk if you require the use of one.

Coloured overlays

A range of coloured overlays is available to borrow from Campus Connect. These are for any student who has been assessed to need one and forgotten to bring it onto Campus.

Bar magnifier

A bar magnifier can be a useful aid to some people with either a specific learning difficulty or visual discomfort. It can be borrowed from Campus Connect.


This very useful package of software is available completely free to download and free to use on an individual PC. It was designed to help learners with literacy-related difficulties such as dyslexia, but it can offer benefits for all students. It is not installed on the University’s PCs but can be obtained at

If you would like to discuss your needs in confidence please ask to speak to either Stephanie Ellis at the Campus Connect desk, or the Student Wellbeing team. They will be happy to ensure that appropriate support can be put in place for you.