Access to the Library
Through an arrangement between you, Disability Services and the Library, you can have your ID card programmed to identify any on-going needs you may have. This page details specific Library-related access support services. Many other services are available through Disability Services at Victoria.
The accessible route to the Kelburn Library is through the main entrances on levels 1 or 2. For more information, and if you require assistance, please contact the Library's Disability Support liaison.
Students holding an Equity in Action card will get priority access to lifts. To obtain an Equity in Action card you must contact Disability Services.
Accessible toilets are located in the Kelburn Library on levels 1 and 3; in the student common room adjacent to the Law Library; and on the ground floor of the Architecture and Design Library.
Accessible carparks are available by Cotton Building and behind Rankine Brown (the Kelburn Library), at the Architecture and Design Library, at the Law Library, and at the W.J. Scott Library. A mobility parking permit can be obtained and bookings made via Disability Services.
Library orientation tours and instruction
Each of the University's libraries offers orientation tours to familiarise users with the library, which are advertised on the Library website. If you have any disability related needs that we need to be aware of when providing a tour, or if you require an individual tour or instruction, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
A range of adaptive technology is provided in rest and study rooms within the libraries for use by students with impairments, (such as CCTVs for magnification, Openbook for converting text to speech, and ITS workstations with ergonomic peripherals).
Rest and study rooms
Access Suite at Kelburn
The Access Suite at Kelburn is designed specifically for students with impairments. The Access Suite has spaces equipped with beds and a desk for quiet study and rest. It also has study tables, a photocopier, student computing workstations, ergonomic furniture and equipment, and adaptive technology.
To gain access to this room you must register with Disability Services.
The Commerce Library has a reading room in RWW 230 that contains a scanner and hardcopy reader called Openbook. Openbook converts printed page into electronic text to be read aloud through its voice synthesizer as it is shown on screen.
There are many rooms to study in at Pipitea Campus. Mahi Nga Tahi is located on level 1 of the Railway Building. It has a rest room, study space with ergonomic tables and chairs and Dragon's Lair (a room with Dragon Naturally Speaking voice-recognition software).
If access is needed to the study room and/or Dragon's Lair, it is arranged by registering with Disability Services.
The Law Library has a study space available to students with impairments, GB 135. This room contains Student Computing workstations with ergonomic furniture and equipment. It is open to all students but those with Equity in Action cards have priority.
Architecture and Design Library
The Architecture and Design Library has a comfortable study room, although this is not specifically designated for students with impairments.
The following services must be arranged through Disability Services. Please contact a Disability and Inclusion Adviser if you require access to any of these services.
Alternative Format Books
A Disability and Inclusion Adviser can help you arrange alternative format items if items in the Library's collections present you with accessibility issues.
Student Computing workstations are available in all libraries. These are provided by ITS. If you require adaptive technology or ergonomic peripherals for use with computers, please contact Disability Services.
Disability Services provide a range of ergonomic furniture, including high back chairs, which can be used in the Library.
With a supporting letter from a Disability and Inclusion Adviser informing us that you require extended time with books due to your impairment, extended loan periods can be arranged.
'Fetch and Carry' library item retrieval
By prior arrangement library resources can be retrieved for you when you are unable to do this due to your impairment.