Using the Library

Disabled Users

A confidential support service for Disabled & Dyslexic students.

Dyslexic and Disabled Students

Find out more about services offered for dyslexic and disabled students by Additional Learning Support

Coming to the Library


• There are 3 restricted parking bays on the south side of the Library and Learning Centre
• There is a further restricted bay located at the side of the Library (opposite the Teaching Block)

Building access

• Level 0 – Main Library Entrance (west, old building) ramped access and self-opening doors
• Level 0 – Learning Centre foyer (south) level entrance and self-opening doors
• Level 0 – Learning Centre foyer (north) access from  AC/AB (level 3) and via a ramp from the Lecture Block


There are 3 lifts in the building:
• Lift from the west entrance: access to all 5 floors
• Lift in Learning Centre foyer to first floor entrance to the Learning Centre and 3rd Floor Languages Department
• Lift from first floor within the Learning Centre to access levels 2, 4 and 5.

Levels 2 and 4 are split level and there is further access via a platform lift.

Emergency Egress - each stairwell is a refuge for wheelchair users or people with mobility difficulties, in an emergency please wait in these areas for assistance.

Accessible toilets

• Levels 0 Main Library Entrance (west)
• Levels 0, 1 and 2 Learning Centre

DisabledGo access guides

For accessibility information please view the DisabledGo Library (Block LLC) access guide

Additional Learning Support

ALS team can offer assistance to students with difficulties including:
• Asperger Syndrome / Autism
• Medical conditions that have a long term effect e.g. M.E., Crohn’s Disease or epilepsy
• Mental health difficulties e.g. long term depression and anxiety
• Mobility difficulties including RSI
• Sensory impairments
• Specific Learning Difficulties e.g. dyslexia or dyspraxia, ADD

The team can give advice on funding support from the Disabled Students Allowance (DSA) and assess your needs based on your recent medical or psychologist report.  Where necessary you may also be granted extended library borrowing rights and services.

Please contact ALS by email to arrange an interview with a Disability Advisor (Mon to Fri 9am-5pm)  here
or telephone:  01483 689609 (#9 9609 from the residences)

Visit us on the 4th floor of the Learning Centre.  Reception is open from 0830-1600

Assistive Technology Centre

The Assistive Technology Centre (ATC) is based on the 4th floor of the Library.

ALS students will be given swipe card access to enter this room.  The ATC has four computers with printing and scanning facilities.  The specialist software on the computers includes:

• Texthelp Read and Write: reads texts on the computer aloud, helps particularly with proofreading
• Inspiration/Mindgenius: mind-mapping programmes to help organise information in a visual way
• Dragon Naturally Speaking: will turn speech into text
• SPSS: used for statistical analysis
• JAWS: reads text aloud and enables easy navigation around documents
• Braille Embosser: turns text into Braille.
• DAISY: reads text aloud and enables easy navigation around documents. It also has a recording facility.
• GINGER: checks spelling and grammar
• MATLAB: for solving technical computing problems (algorithm development, data analysis and numerical computation)

There are lockers in the ATC for students with mobility difficulties.

Where we are

University Library, George Edwards Building,  University of Surrey,  Guildford,  Surrey GU2 7XH,  United Kingdom T: +44 (0)1483 689235 F: +44 (0)1483 689500

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