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Additional Support 

Library users who would like to make use of the Assistive Technology Centre and additional services should first contact Disability Services or the Neurodiversity Support team who will make a referral and provide us with an initial assessment of your requirements. Your local library site representative will then be able to put the necessary arrangements in place for you.


  • Extended book loan periods on 7 day items.
  • Book collection service.
  • Proxy borrowing.


You can book a 1-2-1 if you need support accessing these services. Please see our Library Services for Additional Needs guide.

Find out about how using assistive and productivity tools can help you study.



Mindmapping can be a useful tool for all students. Inspiration mindmapping software is available on all City pcs via the programmes menu. 

Here are some ideas about how mindmapping can support your study, whether you choose to use software, online tools or pen and paper.

A mindmap about mindmapping


You can use mind maps to help plan a project, essay or assignment. Creating a mind map can help you get all your ideas down, experiment more freely with the structure, and generate and develop new content. Inspiration allows you to export your map’s hierarchy to a Word document so you can flesh out the framework. 


Mind maps are an active way of learning. They can be multi-sensory – associating colours, images and keywords with information could create a hook for memory recall. You could think about displaying completed revision maps on a wall where you will look at them often.


​Make notes from one study text or more using the chapters as thematic structure. This is a more active way to engage with material where there is scope to add your own thoughts and ideas. Again, you can see the overview while also breaking the subject down into manageable sections, making it understandable.

Brainstorming or group projects

Working collaboratively on a mind map helps all members of the group see discussion areas and/or areas of work allocated to them. Use the large screens in the group study rooms or the technobooths for maximum effect.

Representing complex ideas and concepts

Mind maps can help you easily see how ideas relate to one another and also see the “bigger picture” when it can be easy to get bogged down in detail.


Software and online tools allow you to move ideas around on the page, export an outline to Word, and add your own notes and link to reading materials.