Is there easy access to the Devonshire Library at the Buxton Campus?
The Devonshire Library is on the ground floor of the Dome. It has easy, level access throughout.
Are there any accessible toilets?
Accessible toilets are nearby in the Dome.
What computers and assistive software are available?
There are computers, printers and scanners available.
All computers have Windows 10 installed which has inbuilt assistive features.
All computers have Apps Anywhere with the following programs:-
- TextHelp Read & Write software - reads aloud pages of text (web pages, word documents, PDF files). Useful for people who find it difficult to read large quantities of text online, The 'Speak as I Type' function is useful as a proof-reading tool when typing in Word.
- MindGenius - mind-mapping software that helps you capture, visualise and manage your ideas and information. It's useful for organising your ideas, planning, essay preparation and revising. It suits learners with a visual learning style.
- Inspiration - mind-mapping software to suit learners with a visual learning style.
All student computers come with QuickScan which can be used to assess learning styles. Student Wellbeing Service (SWS) may refer students to complete a Specific Learning Difficulty (SpLD) assessment using this software. Further advice is available from SWS.
Also available on specified computers:-
- Jaws - screen reading software
- Zoomtext - magnifier / reader
Please ask a member of staff if you want advice about these.
There is a height adjustable workstation in the main library.
What assistive accessories can I use in the Library?
- A Text Viewer to allow reading of printed materials on a screen in an enlarged format
- Ergonomic chairs which provide extra support and flexibility.
The following equipment is available on request:-
- Document holders
- Keyboard and mouse wrist rests
- Coloured reading sheets and reading rulers
- Magnifying sheets
What assistive equipment can I borrow?
The following equipment is available for loan by students with Support Plans. You will need a form completed by a disability advisor from the Student Wellbeing Service if you are an HE Degree student, or by the Learner Journey Team if you are an FE college student.
- Laptops (with MindGenius and TextHelp software installed).
- Digital Voice Recorders, Dictaphones and a Minidisc recorder.
- Electronic dictionaries.
- Digital Camera.
What photocopying facilities are there?
There are multifunctional devices (MFDs) providing photocopying and scanning facilities. Materials can be enlarged or copied onto coloured paper - please ask a member of staff if you need help with this.
What facilities are there for users with hearing aids?
There is an Induction Loop on the Devonshire Library Front Desk for users with a hearing aid. This is portable and can be moved to any of our Library Help Desks on request.
In addition there is an infrared induction loop available for loan.
Who can I contact for more information about the Library?