Library accessibility guide

A guide to accessibility of each campus library including facilities, software and technology.

All libraries offer the following:

  • Accessible entrances
  • Accessible toilets
  • Lift access between levels
  • Height-adjustable desks
  • Assistance with using the library space
  • Assistance Dogs are welcome in UWE Bristol libraries.

What technology is available?

The assistive technology provided by UWE Bristol Libraries includes:

  • Bookable PCs
  • Adjustable furniture
  • Task lighting
  • Handheld video magnifiers
  • High visibility keyboards
  • Coloured paper for printing
  • Assistive software on all student network computers
    • SuperNova Magnifier and Speech
    • ClaroRead text-to-speech
    • Mindview mindmapping
  • A dedicated assistive technology room or computer that you can use for study, either alone or with a support worker

Not all assistive technology is available at each campus library. Contact your campus library for more information.

Campus-specific information

Frenchay

Access into the Library

  • External doors into the building are power-assisted.
  • All external doors and Library entrances offer level access.
  • All levels within the building have lift access.
  • There are three main entrances into the Library (located in D Block):
    • Two entrances on Level 2 - open 24/7.
    • One entrance on Level 4, E Block - open 8:30 - 21:00.
  • Level 4 entrance doors are power-assisted.
  • Library entrance doors on Level 2 are hinged open during external borrower access times.
  • Use the entrance by Glendinning lecture theatre if a power-assisted door is required outside of these hours.

Accessibility plan

Facilities within the Library

  • Lift to all floors.
  • Accessible toilet located on Level 4 in Library.
  • Additional nearby accessible toilets:
    • Glendinning foyer, Level 2.
    • E Block, Level 4 - exit via Library Lounge (Monday to Friday, daytime).

Height-adjustable desks

Height-adjustable desks available on every floor of the library. Some of these are bookable through MyPC.

  • Level 2: Two desks located by the Print Hub which can be booked via MyPC. These are PC numbers 2D59 Machine 08 and Machine 09.
  • Level 3: Four desks located in Zone B. Zone B is closest to the IT Support Centre. One additional desk is located in the Assistive Technology room (3D31)
  • Level 4: Two desks with PCs located in Zone C.
  • Level 5: Eight desks located in Zone D. Four of these can be booked via MyPC. Look for the PCs titled Zone D 37, 38, 39, 40.

View the Frenchay Library accessibility floor plan to see the location of the height-adjustable desks.

Assistive technology room

3D31, Assistive Technology room. This can be booked via MyPC.

Book the Assistive technology room

Other quiet study spaces

  • 5D7: This is a small room accessed via the main study floor with 12 study spaces and PCs. This is suitable for silent study only.
  • 5D19: This is a silent study room for bringing your own laptop or borrowing a library laptop. Our loanable laptops have a design software build.
  • Silent study pods (Level 5, Zone B): Individual pods on our silent floor, which can help concentration.

Group study

The Works Learning Zone

There are four height-adjustable tables (sit to stand) in The Works (2F03). These are PC numbers: 9, 16, 17, and 24. These can be booked via MyPC.

Book a computer

Glenside

Access into the Library

  • External doors into the building are power-assisted.
  • All external doors and the Library entrance offer level access.
  • The Library entrance door is automatic.

Facilities within the Library

  • Approach the library helpdesk for help accessing the first floor.
  • Accessible and gender-neutral toilets located on ground floor.
  • One height-adjustable desk available in Assistive Technology room.
  • Additional height-adjustable desk is available on the ground floor of the Library.

Assistive technology room

The assistive technology room can be found on the main library floor, in 1D004. This can be booked via MyPC.

Book a computer

Bower Ashton Library (City Campus)

Access into the Library

  • Power-assisted doors into the building are available.
  • All external doors and Library entrances offer level access.
  • All levels within the building have lift access.
  • The Library entrance door is hinged open during opening times.

Facilities within the Library

  • Lift available for access to the main Library space.
  • Accessible toilet available in Library.
  • Additional accessible toilet located in corridor outside Library entrance.
  • Height-adjustable desks are available.

Assistive technology

A dedicated assistive technology computer is available.

There are also a number of height-adjustable desks available which are located in the alcoves and north wing. Some of these can be booked via MyPC. Contact us for further information.

Alexandra Warehouse (Gloucester Docks)

Access into the Library

  • External doors into the building are power-assisted.
  • All external doors and Library entrances offer level access.
  • All levels within the building have lift access.
  • The Library entrance door is hinged open during opening times.

Facilities within the Library

  • Accessible toilet is located just outside the library entrance.
  • A dedicated assistive technology computer with height-adjustable desk is available in the Library.

Help using assistive technology

Training is available for all the assistive technology offered by UWE Bristol.

To make an appointment, please contact us.

Further information

Contact us

Please contact us if you have any access enquiries or require assistance using the library facilities and resources.

We care about providing accessible and inclusive spaces. We welcome your feedback and suggestions for improvement. Please contact us with your comments.

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