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Learning Support: Library Support

Registering with the Library

If you have registered with the SEND/ALS  team, you can access a number of services we have put in place to support you.  This could include offering longer loan periods, and the ability to reserve books on the shelf.  

The Librarian responsible for liaising with the SEND/ALS Services is Lakshmi Banner who can be contacted at the Library Information Desk or emailed at


If you register with the Library you will be able to borrow most items for 3 weeks and the Library will automatically renew these for you up to 20 times.  

Items can be reserved by other users which will stop your loans renewing.  Make sure you check your Library Account or college email to make sure the items are not due back

If your books are overdue and you have any problems returning them, please ask your Learning Support Tutor/Assistant to contact the Library on your behalf. 

Students registered as Learning Support can also reserve items on the shelf.  If you find the library confusing, or find it hard to look for books on the shelf, we can find the book for you and have it waiting at the Library Information Desk for collection.  Alternatively, you can just come into the library and ask for help finding items. 

Print Books

Our books are shelved using a numerical sequence.  The shelves start at 000 and go up to 999 in order.

We also have some other small sequences, such as a DVD Film Collection (FC), Reading Collection (RC) , Independent Living (IL) and J (Junior)

Some main numbers are listed below.  If you want to look for specific subjects in more depth then go our Library Help Guides homepage  and click on your subject. 

If you want to search for specific titles then click on the link to our Library Catalogue

You can reserve items from this link or check your library account. 

Your library login details are:

username = your student number

PIN = your year of birth (XXXX)

Large Print Books

We have a small selection of Large Print books in the Reading Collection.  Large print books can usually be spotted by the Large Print icon at the bottom of the spine.  A list of our large print books is available here or you can ask at the counter.

Alternative formats - e-books

Many of our books are available online as e-Books.

To find e-Books, go to the Library Catalogue. Type in your keywords or the book title and click on search.  From the results screeh, click on Item Types in the Refine Your Search bar, and select on E-Books This will narrow down your results to the online books which can be accessed from any computer or device with Internet access. 

If your e-book is provided through Dawsonera, this works with the standard functions of Adobe Reader that allow for a page to be enlarged or to be read aloud. Screen Readers such as JAWS, Text Help and Read & Write Gold are also supported. If you are having problems activating the read aloud feature online, Dawsonera suggest that you should download the title and it should work as normal.  You will see the option to Download next to the option to Read Online. 

If your e-book is provided through Ebook Central, this provides an accessibility mode for use with screen readers which will enable the use of keyboard shortcuts and the provision of PDFs in a screen reader friendly format. More information is available from the Help button on the Ebook Central website. Additionally the e-books can be downloaded and read using Adobe Digital Editions on any compatible device.

RNIB Bookshare

If you have a visual disability you can join the RNIB Book Share scheme which provides some titles in more accessible formats.  Visual disability can also include dyslexia. 

You can register yourself with the scheme and request a book; or if you prefer, ask the Learner Support team to try and get hold of particular title for you. Ask at the Learning Support desk on the third floor of David Hockney Building.

Go to   for more information.

Extra Help

You can make an appointment with a Librarian.  Librarians are available from 9 am to 8 pm Tuesdan and Thursday, and 9 - 6 on Monday and Wednesday.  We close at 4:30 on Fridays. 

Other options

If your book isn't available as an e-book or through the RNIB, we may be able to order an e-book version or ask the publisher to supply an electronic file.  Under copyright, you are also able to scan the whole of one of our print books.  Ask your Learning Support Tutor or Assistant to help you to scan one of our print copies so that the book is readable through other software.  

If you do not need read aloud software, but would like to have the pages enlarged, you can ask at the Learning Support helpdesk on the 3rd floor.