Additional Support Services

If you have a physical, visual or learning difference, you can ask for additional support in using the library’s collections and facilities. Simply ask your tutor, counsellor or support worker from GSA Student Support to refer you to James Robertson in the Library. He will then speak with you about your requirements and the adjustments we can make for you. You can also read our Neurodiversity Guide to find out more.

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“My name is James and I am a librarian here at GSA. I am here to support you and encourage you to visit and make use of our library.

I am autistic, and so can understand some of the difficulties and frustrations the differently-abled can encounter. 

You can contact me at j.robertson@gsa.ac.uk and we can discuss
an individual support plan that best suits you.

Here are some of the additional support services I can offer through referral from Student Support:”

 

 

  • Designated librarian: All our librarians are friendly and approachable and always happy to help, but some students may prefer the familiarity of a designated librarian who will be their point of contact throughout their studies.

 

  • Individual inductions:  I can introduce you to the library and support you during your visit so that you feel safe, can assess the environment, and gain the confidence to visit as often as you like.

 

  • Catalogue searches: I can assist you with library catalogue and database searches and show you how to perform effective searches on your own.

 

  • Accessible formats: I can locate copies of many of your key texts in accessible formats, and show you how to access these.

 

  • Dissertation support: I can review your bibliography and references for your dissertation.

 

  • Map/orientation: I will introduce you to our simple colour-coded map that helps you locate subject areas without use of shelfmarks.

 

  • Borrowing: Should you be unable to fetch items physically from the library, I can retrieve them for you and have them ready for you to collect.