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Services for students & staff with disabilities

Services for students and staff with a disability are individually tailored to assist with access to Library materials and equipment. They may include:

  • sending items to you at home.
  • finding and providing resources in alternative formats.
  • access to accessible spaces in the Library, including the Equity Room and specialised equipment within.

Registration for services

To register for our accessibility services and for the Equity and Resting Rooms please contact AccessAbility Services.

When AccessAbility Services have communicated your registration to us you will receive a letter of introduction detailing your access and the option to book for a Library tour.

Borrowing from the Library

When registered with Accessibility Services you may have books and resources sent to your home, instead of borrowing books in-person:

  • If you choose to have books and resources sent to your home we’ll let you know when you need to return your items via email.
  • You can return borrowed items by mail free of charge.

For students with a vision disability, print material can sometimes be obtained in a format more suitable for your needs. Please contact AccessAbility Services with these requests.

See Borrowing for general borrowing information for staff and students.

TL Robertson Library spaces

TL Robertson Library is accessible by wheelchair and contains wide lifts for access between levels. We also have several spaces specifically designed for use by people with disabilities:

Equity Room

The Equity Room is located on level 2 and is a quiet study area containing specialised facilities and equipment such as:

Ergonomic furniture

  • Ergonomic chairs, footrests and floor mats
  • Motorised Adjustable desks
  • Angled work-boards
  • Document holders

 Assistive technologies

  • JAWS screen reader program (Windows): JAWS is the most popular screen reader worldwide.
  • Window Eyes (Windows): Window-Eyes is a powerful screen reader with features similar to JAWS
  • NV Access: NVDA is a free, open-source screen reader for Windows. It includes support for over 35 languages.
  • Fire Vox (Mac, Windows and Linux running Firefox): Fire Vox is a free, open-source screen reader designed especially for Firefox. It works as a browser plugin.

The room is available for use by registration only with AccessAbility Services.

Resting Room

Our Resting Room on level 2 provides a low-stimulation environment, including a sofa.

The room is available for use by registration only with AccessAbility Services.

Changing Place

Our Changing Place located on level 3 provides a toilet with a full-sized change table and hoist for people who cannot use a standard accessible facility.

For more information contact Properties, Facilities and Development.