Services for users with a disability

The Library tries to ensure that all staff and students with a disability are able to access the libraries, their resources and services.

Register for services

Students with a disability seeking Library assistance should register with Disability Support Services.

Library services

Library staff  can provide assistance with:

  • the use of adaptive equipment and software
  • improving your information research and learning skills
  • retrieving items from the shelves
  • photocopying and scanning

Assistance in these areas is by prior arrangement. If prior arrangement has not been made, the services available may be limited. Email the Disability Contact Officer at the branch library you wish to use.

Accessibility of library buildings

Check the branch library page (listed at right) for accessibility information.

Adaptive Technology Facilities

A range of adaptive technology facilities are  provided for eligible students registered with Disability Support Services at all Library branches, except for the Parkville Pharmacy Library.

You may book to use adaptive technology facilities for up to three hours.

Adaptive technology facilities includes the following equipment or software:

  • computer
  • scanner
  • internet and Windows account access
  • Microsoft Office, EndNote.

All adaptive technology facility computers also have the following assistive software:

  • JAWS for screen reading
  • Magic for screen magnification
  • Texthelp Read&Write GOLD for page reading and text literacy assistance
  • ABBYY FineReader for scanning and fast optical character recognition
  • Dragon Naturally Speaking for dictation and voice control of the computer
  • Inspiration for graphical idea representation and essay structuring.

Assistive equipment

The following equipment is available at particular branches:

  • Everest Braille embosser and Duxbury Braille translation software at the Matheson Library
  • Kurzweil book readers at Law Library
  • Book magnifiers (CCTVs) at Caulfield, Matheson and Peninsula libraries
  • Lightweight book trolleys at Caulfield, Matheson, and Peninsula libraries.

Resting rooms

  • Resting rooms are available at Hargrave-Andrew, Law, Matheson and Peninsula libraries.

Online services