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The University of Huddersfield Library offers a welcoming learning environment and friendly staff who are always happy to help with enquiries. This page offers an overview of the support available for library users who are disabled, neurodiverse, or living with a long-term physical or mental health condition.
We want to know what you think of the disability support in the library, so we can work to make it better. If you would be willing to take part in a research project which includes a short interview about your experiences, please get in touch for more details.
Library Disability Support Advisor
Katherine Coussement is the Library Disability Support Advisor. She is based on floor 4 (the entrance level of the Library). Katherine can arrange any practical help and support that you may need when using the Library.
This may include help with:
- Access to the library building.
- Finding books and other library resources.
- Getting your course reading material in accessible formats.
- Use of computers and assistive software.
- What to do in an emergency evacuation.
You can find full details in our Disability Support Guide.
If you are already registered with the Student Services Disability Support Service, we will contact you when we receive your Personal Learning Support Plan from them, but you are also welcome to contact us if you are not yet registered with Student Services.
Please also feel free to make an appointment if you are at the beginning of the assessment process, or would like to discuss your support needs.
Katherine's usual working hours are Monday – Friday 09:00 -17:00.To contact Katherine or arrange an appointment please get in touch:
- telephone: 01484256455.
- email: library.disability.support
- You can also book an appointment online.
Useful links:SensusAccess: You may be able to convert your own documents into accessible formats (for example, turning PDFs into Word documents or MP3 files) using file conversion software, SensusAccess. For more information, see the Disability Support webpage on accessible formats.
HudStudy offers a full support services for students and staff in the effective use of IT for studying and learning. We have a range of software to help you read, write, take notes, organise your thoughts and your work and manage your studies.
We offer bookable sessions which will provide 1-1 support for all staff and students. There are also taught courses available for both staff and students on a regular basis. Our service is particularly useful to students who have a disability, but we are here to help everyone. We offer an inclusive service, whatever your needs. Please visit our Brightspace module to see what we can offer and how we can support you.
Collaborative groups for disability support
Computing and Library Services is a member of several groups with other Universities.
The Open Rose Group was formed in 2003 to exchange ideas and discuss policies and procedures for best practice in the provision of services to disabled library customers.
The Northern Collaboration Enabling Group was formed in 2014 to share best practice in supporting disabled library customers in Higher Education. The group continues this work to promote accessibility and inclusion as part of Academic Libraries North, established in 2021.