Additional Support Services

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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.

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 support, get in touch. Depending on your circumstances, we may be able to offer an individual orientation, for example, or help you to check your bibliographies and citations.

Health & Wellbeing Resources

Check out some of the health and wellbeing resources available to you in our dedicated guide.


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 a Additional Language does not qualify as a print disability.

Accessibility Software

For advice on the accessibility software available in GSA Library, or for information on accessibility settings within common software and programmes, get in touch.

Orientation Maps

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


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GSA library maps





Silent Room and Sensory Space

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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. It can accommodate up to six people and is open to all students.

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If you feel stressed, overwhelmed or just need alone time, then you can book the silent reading room for yourself and transform it into a sensory space simply by switching off the reading lamps and switching on the colour-changing mood light.