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Library Services for Additional Needs

Disability and neurodiversity support

The Assistive Technology Centre (ATC)

The Assistive Technology Centre at Northampton Square Library makes available a range of assistive software packages, equipment and adaptive furniture. The Assistive Technology Centre is open with a reduced number of bookable spaces to enable social distancing.

Before you book: Access to the ATC is restricted and on referral. Access must be agreed in your Student Support Plan by your Disability, Neurodiversity, or Student Mental Health and Counselling Support Co-ordinator.

Book an Assistive Technology Room or Desk

You can book up to four hours per day. You can book a PC in an individual room or a PC at a desk in the open ATC area. There are two individual rooms and two desk spaces available.

Book an Individual Assistive Technology Room

Book an Assistive Technology Desk

To access a screenreader friendly version of the room booking system, look for the 'screen-readers' link at the bottom of the page.

Terms and Conditions

  • If you are more than 15 minutes late your booking may be cancelled and allocated to another user.
  • Do not leave belongings unattended.
  • Leave the space neat and tidy for the next users.
  • The ATC is available only to students with Citycards set with swipe access permission. Swipe access is arranged by your Disability, Neurodiversity, or Student Mental Health and Counselling Support Co-ordinator.
  • External visitors without City cards are not permitted access, as per the Library Charter.
  • Rooms and desks are for individual study only. If you require access for a non-medical helper, please specify details in the booking form.

Further guidance

  • Bring your own headphones, headset or microphone for using the software applications. For hygiene purposes CityLibrary will be unable to loan any equipment. 
  • Please be mindful of other users. Some people may need more time and space to move around the ATC or may be less able to see you.

Directions

The ATC is in Northampton Square Library Level 2. Turn right from the Library entrance or the accessible lift entrance and follow signage to the ATC. The door to the Assistive Technology Centre and all internal doors to individual rooms are automatic and will open when you swipe your City card on the reader. Further access details can be found on the Access Able guide.


Software

The following assistive software applications are available: ABBYY FineReader, AudioNotetaker, Dragon Professional, Inspiration, JAWS, Mind Genius, Read&Write ZoomText.

To find out more about individual applications, visit the Assistive software guide.

Furniture and equipment

  • Each space is equipped with a height adjustable desk and an ergonomic adjustable chair.
  • Dual pc monitors are available in Room 1.
  • Flatbed book scanners are available in Room 1 and at Desk 1. 
  • High contrast large key keyboards, a high visibility keyboard, a compact keyboard with trackpad, dimmable natural light lamps and document holders are all available in the ATC and can be moved to the room or desk you are using. Please ask a member of staff if you need help.