Library accessibility and services for disabled users
We work closely with the Disability Service to ensure that our services are as accessible to everyone as possible, including those with disabilities. We hope this will enable you to maximise your use of the Library during your time at the University.
The entrance to the Library is level and fitted with automatically opening doors. You can access the upper and lower floors of the Library using the stairs or the lift. The lift operator panel is easily accessible and is also labelled in Braille. Voice output in the lift indicates when the door is opening and closing, and the floor level reached.
Our Welcome Desk and Enquiry Desk have low-level sections, which wheelchair users may find more convenient to use.
Our Library Catalogue computers and self-service facilities are on tables at both standing and sitting heights. We also have two adjustable-height desks with computers on Floor 0.
You will find an accessible toilet on Floor 0 of the Library. There are also some accessibility features in the female toilet on Floor 1 and the male toilet on Floor 02.
Where to find help
If you come to the Welcome Desk or Enquiry Desk during staffed hours we will be able to help you with printing and photocopying, locating and reaching books and using the Library Catalogue. Our Welcome Desk and Enquiry Desk are fitted with a hearing loop.
Printing and photocopying
We can help you with printing and photocopying. Please ask at our Welcome Desk or Enquiry Desk on Floor 0 during staffed hours.
One of our printers / photocopiers is permanently stocked with cream tinted paper. You are also welcome to bring and use your own paper, if you would prefer.
We make every effort to purchase resources in formats that are accessible to everyone. If the format of a book or journal is not accessible to you, please contact email@example.com and we will try to make alternative arrangements.
Microsoft accessibility features
The computers in the Library have the standard Windows Accessibility features enabled. You can find more information about how these can help you and instructions on how to use them on the Microsoft® Website.
Reading eBooks out loud
How you access the 'read out loud' function on eBooks will depend on which platform the eBook is available on.
These will have 'vlebooks.com' in the URL e.g. https://www-vlebooks-com.brad.idm.oclc.org...
- Click read online.
- In the next window, in the menu bar at the top, click on the ReadALoud icon.
- Go to: Ebook Central.
- Log in with your University username and password.
- Under Accessibility mode click on Enable Accessibility Mode.
- Click on Save changes.
Converting documents into accessible formats using SensusAccess
SensusAccess is a self-service means of converting documents into a range of formats, including audiobooks (MP3 and Daisy), eBooks (EPUB, EPUB3 and Mobi), and digital Braille. The software produces accessible documents from image-only PDFs, images and Microsoft PowerPoint slides. More than one JPEG can be combined into a single file.
Learner Support Profiles additional services
If you have a Learner Support Profile (LSP) with the Disability Service, there are additional services which you may be eligible to use. Please be aware we are only able to provide you with the additional services that the Disability Service has listed on your LSP.
For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The University's security staff are qualified first aiders. Please report accidents or emergencies to library or security staff.
In case of fire do not use the lifts. If you are in the library and cannot use the stairs unaided, you should wait for the emergency services in the lift lobby area of the main staircase, or in the emergency exit staircase in the extension of the building. Both of these areas are designated Refuge Points. An E-Vac chair is available on the main staircase for carrying people downstairs quickly.
A Deaf Alerter system which works in conjunction with vibrating personal fire alarms has been installed on campus. Please contact the Disability Service for more information.
The Disability Service can also arrange for you to have your own Personal Emergency Evacuation Plan (PEEP) drawn up, according to each campus building which you use.
Standards and collaboration groups
We work continuously to ensure that our website meets W3C requirements, which concerns the accessibility of information and services provided via the web.
Northern Collaboration Enabling Group
The University of Bradford Library is a member of the Northern Collaboration Enabling Group. This group was formed in March 2014 to facilitate a sharing of good practice for library staff who support disabled customers.