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Accessibility: Additional Learning Support and the Library

This guide aims to assist Library staff in providing material for students with additional needs

Disability & Additional Learning Support (ALS)

The ALS team support students who have sensory/physical disabilities, Specific Learning Differences (SpLDs), medical conditions, mental health difficulties and/or temporary injuries. 

Their office is on the ground floor of the Sir Michael Cobham Library, DLG17.

Software provided

IT Services computers

  • Provide essential software to all students, regardless of disability, if it is part of the degree course being studied.
  • Windows 10, which has greater accessibility options and is app based is available on all student profiles.
  • Bournemouth University does not provide disability-related hardware, except for one Intel Reader and a Brailling machine which are located in the Additional Learning support area on the ground floor of the Sir Michael Cobham Library

The Library

Both of the libraries at Bournemouth University are accessible for students with restricted mobility and are equipped with public lifts and some adjustable desks.

Weston Library 10 St Paul's Ln,Bournemouth BH8 8AJ.

2 height adjustable study desks with desktop PCs: 

One (with PC) in the silent study room BG-G12 (currently out of use as that room has been taken over as a staff office temporarily). Note – this room has a door

One (with PC) in the main library – BG-G11

Two technobooths in the main library – BG-G11. Height-adjustable section providing an accessible space for group study (once restrictions are lifted)

The Sir Michael Cobham Library (TSMCL) Talbot Campus, Fern Barrow. Poole BH12 5BB.

Ground floor

2 x technobooths with adjustable capability

2 x adjustable desks in Quiet Zone (1 mechanical and 1 mains powered)

2 x adjustable desks outside DLG27 (both mechanical)

1st floor - DL116

1 x technobooth with adjustable capability

1 x adjustable desk (mechanical)

All the study desks have labels saying priority for wheelchair users.

See AccessAble website for detailed information on accessibility.

Help and advice

Please ask at the Library Help Zone if you would like help finding items on mySearch, locating them on the shelves, lifting them down, photocopying etc. - our staff are more than happy to help!

If Library staff are alerted in advance to the specific needs of a student it is then possible to offer a more tailored and timely service.