How the Library can support you

Library staff are here to make sure everyone can use and get the most out of our services and facilities. You can contact:

  • Your librarian - every department has a named librarian who will be happy to introduce library services, advise on specific resources and discuss particular needs
  • The Information Hub (Central Library) and issue desks - for help with borrowing and requesting books, registration and general enquiries, email library@imperial.ac.uk

Services

We work closely with the College Disability Advisory Service to deliver bespoke support.

The advisory team will alert the Library if you need:

  • longer book loans - we can arrange for your library loans to be automatically extended from 1 to 3 weeks
  • book fetching - we can can set up a book fetching service for you if you have difficulties accessing material on the shelves
  • accessible textbooks - if library resources do not meet your needs it may be possible for us to provide material in an alternative format. Please contact your librarian for more information
  • specific study space requirements - if you need a particular type of study space, we will do our best to accommodate your needs
  • access to assistive technology PCs - we have a dedicated room in the Central Library offering a quiet space with 5 bookable PCs, with wide screens, on height adjustable desks

Please complete our Disability support application (pdf) and take it to the College Disability Advisory Service for validation.

Contact the College Disability Advisory Service at:

Visiting the libraries

The Central Library and campus libraries are accessible by wheelchair, but some routes are complicated. If you are unsure please contact the relevant library.

Our staffed desks have hearing loops. To make use of this, just turn your hearing aid to the T position. If you are booking one of our training sessions, let the trainer know if you have any special requirements.

Computers and printing

An accessible printer is available on level 1 Central Library.

Please ask library staff if you need to print on coloured paper.

Free software to help you study is available through the Software Hub. Find out more and book a workshop place by visiting Inclusive Technology.