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

Below is a mind map about Mindmapping. Put your main idea, topic or essay title at the centre. For this mind map it is : Mindmapping. Each of the branches is described below, from top right clockwise.

An example of a mindmap on the subject of mindmapping


  • Plan assignments
    You can use mind maps to help plan an assignment or other tasks. Creating a mind map can help you get all your ideas down, create or change the structure, and generate and develop new content. Mind Genius software at City allows you to export your map and its outline structure to a Word document. You can also create links to useful resources and add notes with more substantial text. 
  • Revision
    Mind maps are an active way of learning. Making them multi-sensory – associating colours, images and keywords with the information can help create a hook for memory recall. 
  • 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.
  • See main themes at a glance
    A visual map limited to one page can help you more easily identify relationships between ideas. Mindmaping is also a useful way of simplifying difficult concepts and break them down. 
  • Make notes
    Mindmapping can help enhance your notetaking. ​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.
  • Park ideas
    If you have a great idea but you're not quite sure where it fits, you can leave it as a floating topic, coming back to it later to see if it can fit into the finished structure.