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Support for disabled users

We provide a range of support to enable disabled users and visitors to access our libraries and benefit from our services.

Our staff are on hand to provide help and advice in using the library services.

Making individual arrangements

We work closely with the University's Disability and Dyslexia Service to ensure we meet the needs of our users, particularly those who have disclosed specific requirements.

If you are visiting the University libraries and would like to discuss in confidence how we can enable you to access our collections and facilities, please contact your library before your visit.

Book loans and collection

You can request books on LibrarySearch and choose the most convenient University library to collect them.

When you borrow items from the library, you will be given a date when the books are due for return. Most of your books will renew automatically at the end of the loan period, provided they have not been requested by anyone else.

Staff and students with a disability or dyslexia may be entitled to extended loans.

We can also assist with finding and fetching books, and arranging home delivery of library materials. If you have difficulty in visiting a University library, you can authorise a friend or relative to collect books on your behalf. Please contact your library for more details.


Members of Cardiff University can access a range of assistive software over the University network, including TextHelp text to speech software, Supernova screen reader and magnification software, and MindView mindmapping software.


All visitors can access assistive equipment to help when using the libraries. These include specialist keyboards and mice, portable magnifiers, height-adjustable desks, and ergonomic chairs. Availability may depend on the library you are visiting, please contact your library for more information.

Scanning and alternative formats

We can provide library materials in alternative formats, including Braille, or as scanned documents for use with screen reader software. Please contact your library for more information.

Private study rooms

Our libraries provide a range of study environments, including bookable study rooms (for Cardiff University students) and quiet or silent study areas.

Further advice

You can contact each library directly for immediate help and guidance.

You can also contact the main library disability representative for further advice:

Library disability contact