November 25, 2021, by Precious Taylor

Disability History Month – discover our library services

In recognition of Disability History Month, we wanted to take the opportunity to highlight some of the library services that are available for disabled students and those with a long-term health condition or Specific Learning Difference, for example, dyslexia, dyspraxia or ADHD.

We offer a number of dedicated services to ensure our facilities and resources are accessible by the university community. 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 services are available for students who are referred by the Disability Support Service include:

Greenfield Medical Library Assistive Technology Room

Greenfield Medical Library Assistive Technology Room

Assistive Technology Rooms (ATRs) – These are dedicated bookable rooms that have bespoke hardware and software. For more information including where they are and how to book, visit:

Dedicated study spaces – We offer bookable study spaces in Hallward and George Green libraries for students eligible for Enhanced Library Support.

To book, email and tell us the library you need, your library card number, date and time, the length of the booking.

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 in our libraries.

Place a request on NUsearch and we will email you when the items are available for collection. You will have seven days to collect your items from the library. Visit

Extended high-demand loan periods – Books that are in high demand will be issued for four days. These items will not renew.

Alternative Format Service (AFS) – 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 in using the library – 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 emailing

For more information, please visit the Enhanced Library Support webpage

Reservations shelves

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.

Hallward Library Calm Study Space

Hallward Library Calm Study Space and height-adjustable desks

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.

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.

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.

Postal loans service – We can post resources to students and staff who need access to physical resources available in our libraries. Please note, you will be expected to return any items requested by others and you will need to cover the cost of returning the books to our libraries.

Scanning for personal use – If you need to access a section of a book or journal, Library staff can provide scans of physical items available in our libraries (within copyright limits).

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.

Discover our collections – We have a collection of books and resources on our Reading Well @ UoN Libraries reading list which spotlights books and resources to improve your health and wellbeing. Libraries have worked with colleagues from the University of Nottingham Health Service, Counselling Service and Welfare to create the reading list based on suggestions.

If you have any questions about how the library can support you with your studies, please get in touch with Disability Support Services or the Library Helpline. Our friendly and knowledgeable Library staff are here to help you with using all aspects of our services.

The Libraries website contains a wide range of information and videos on how to use our libraries from opening times and borrowing books to video tours and using online resources.

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