Additional Support Services

Students at laptop

If you have a physical, visual or learning difference, there are a number of additional support services or adjustments available to you in the Library.

Physical Access

wheelchair iconGSA Library is fully accessible to wheelchair users and those with mobility issues. There is a wheelchair-accessible entrance, and a lift that reaches all floors of the Library.

hearing loop iconOur ground-floor Service Desk is fitted with a hearing loop.

Reading Tools

Pen readers are available for use in the Library. These nifty tools can scan text and read it back to you, and you can also save the scanned text as a PDF. A selection of coloured overlays and reading rulers is also available, which can be particularly useful for students with dyslexia or Meares-Irlen Syndrome. Noise-cancelling headphones can also be borrowed. To use any of our reading tools, simply enquire at the Library Service Desk.

1-2-1 Support

If you have an additional support need and feel that you would benefit from some dedicated 1-2-1 Library support, get in touch. Depending on your circumstances, we may be able to offer an individual virtual orientation, for example, or help you to check your bibliographies and citations.

Remember that dedicated learning support may be available to you through GSA Student Support.

Health & Wellbeing Resources

Sometimes academic study, life events, working with others and socialising can leave us feeling a little stressed, tired, upset or even fearful. It is important to remember that it is perfectly understandable to feel this way. There are lots of resources available at  GSA to provide support, and to help you get back on track. Check out some of the health and wellbeing resources available to you via the Library in our dedicated guide.

Remember that there are a number of dedicated mental health services and resources available to you through GSA Student Support.

The digital mental health platform Silvercloud is available to all GSA students. Simply sign up here.

Accessible Readings

We have produced accessibility scorecards for the publisher platforms that supply the majority of our e-books. These describe the customisation and accessibility functions that are available, and how to activate them:

Bookshare is a service provided by RNIB that allows students with a registered print disability to read and download full-text books from participating publishers. A print disability can include visual impairment, but also physical disability or a learning difference such as dyslexia or autism. Books are provided in DAISY, PDF, EPUB and MP3 format, depending on the publisher.

If you feel you are eligible and would like to register to use the service, just get in touch. Please note that English as an Additional Language does not qualify as a print disability.

Assistive Technology

A number of assistive programs and technologies are available on computers in the Library – for a full list, see here. GSA IT Services can provide advice on the installation and use of accessibility software on your own machine – lodge your enquiry on the IT Helpdesk.

Orientation Maps

It’s fun to get lost among the shelves and discover new things, but if you need some direction then our simple colour-coded maps will help. They are designed to direct you to subject areas rather than a specific item, so there is no need for classification numbers.

Silent Room and Sensory Space

Our silent reading room is a technology-free zone designed purely for reading or relaxing and for nurturing good mental health. There are soft beanbag cushions, two soft chairs and adjustable reading lamps. If you feel stressed, overwhelmed or just need alone time, you can transform it into a sensory space simply by switching off the reading lamps and switching on the colour-changing mood light. No need to book – just drop-in during our normal opening hours.