During staffed hours you can ask for help with anything you need at the Service Desk on level 1. We can provide:
Our Library Service Advisors will be happy to assist with other aspects of using the Library, for example finding your way around. The Service Desk is also equipped with a portable hearing loop.
We have spaces for you to study individually and with friends and as part of a group. Our Study Zones have different noise policies to help you find an environment that is right for you.
Some of the study desks in the Library can be booked in advance, so you know you have a set place to work before you come to the Library. You can use our Book a study space service if you would like to do this. The Assistive Technology area is also bookable through this service, as well as our group study pods.
There is at least one adjustable-height desk in each Study Zone of the Library, which are great at accommodating people who use wheelchairs or other mobility aids. Some of the adjustable-height desks are equipped with Birmingham Newman PCs, but others are available for you to work on your own devices or with pen and paper.
On level 2 we have a self-service assistive technology area. This is available for you to use whenever the Library is open. Here you can find:
If you would like training on how to use this equipment, then please book an appointment with us, using our online booking form, and we will be pleased to help you make the most of it. You are welcome to contact us in another way if you find this easier.
You can book the Accessible Technology space in advance using our Book a study space service. Booking is not essential, but booked users will have priority.
The Computers in the Libary are managed by Birmingham Newman IT Services and run Windows 10. Windows 10 has a number of assistive features, including 'sticky keys' and 'Narrrator' voiceover built in, that can be used as a screen reader with keyboard operation.
If you have any portable assistive software (e.g. on a USB memory stick), please contact IT Services if you wish to use this on the computers on campus.
Last reviewed: 18 September 2023