Students with disabilities
We may have had to make changes to the services detailed on this page due to COVID–19 restrictions.
Please see our Coronavirus information page for the latest updates.
We provide a range of services to support people with additional needs. If you need any help using Library or IT services at Strathclyde, please contact us.
Accessing the Library
The main entrance of the Library is inside the Curran Building, accessed by pedestrian paths from either Cathedral Street or St James Road. Once inside the building there is a flight of stairs leading to the Library entrance.
Access to the Library for those with mobility difficulties is at 101 St James Road. Once inside the Library, eligible students may use the lift (elevator) to move between floors. Please contact us or talk to the University's disability service to arrange access to this lift.
Assistive Technologies room
The Assistive Technologies room is on Level 2 of the Library. Equipment and software includes:
- CCTV facilities to enlarge print for reading
- Multimedia PCs with relevant software (JAWS screenreader, ZoomText magnifier/reader, Read&Write Gold)
- Scanners with OCR functions.
Read more about the Assistive Technologies room.
Extended loan periods
Reasonable adjustments to loan periods for Short Loan items can be arranged in consultation with Short Loans Staff.
Please ask for your extended loan at the Short Loan counter.
Fetch and Carry book collection service
Our Fetch and Carry book collection service helps students with additional needs to:
- find books on the shelves, and/or
- carry books from the shelves
You may be entitled to use our Fetch and Carry service if you have mobility difficulties or a visual impairment.
Find out more about the Fetch and Carry service.
Fine and charges exceptions policy
If you are having difficulty returning/renewing your books on time or paying fines please contact us as soon as possible.
Lift passes are available for those who have difficulty using the stairs. The lift pass will identify you to Library staff as having permission to use the staff lift. To apply for a pass please ask at the Level 3 Enquiry desk or contact us.
There is a limited number of lockers are available within the Library. If you would like to use a locker please email us.
For more information about this service please contact the University’s Disability & Wellbeing Service.
There is a limited number of private study carrels are available in the Library. If you would like to use a carrel please email us.
SUPrimo checking and book fetching services
University Disability Service
The Disability Service offers advice, support and assistance to students with disabilities. If you have a disability or health condition that may impact your studies, we strongly encourage you to contact the service. There is a range of support options available to help ensure you have a positive experience at University.