Accessibility and support

Support available whilst studying at home

Using eBooks and accessibility guidance

eBooks are provided in different formats both PDF and online and can present different reading experience depending on the supplier Please see eBook- accessibility guidance.  

Contact us if you need further help with eBook access. 

Free software to support study

SensusAccess - convert your reading into more accessible formats using this self-help web-based tool. Convert text files into audio or turn inaccessible PDF into Word. 

Assistive Technology - please see options for free tools and software available.  

Productivity tools tried and tested by UoB staff. 

Ability net - my computer my way your step-by-step guide to individual adjustments you can make to your computer, laptop, tablet or smart phone to make it easier to use from https://abilitynet.org.uk/

Please ask if you have any questions. If you would like to register or find out more about our Library Support service- please contact us.

If you are a part-time student, studying outside of Bristol, or have a disability or dyslexia, the Library Support team can provide a more bespoke service.

Library Support

Height-adjustable desks

Where to find height-adjustable desks
LocationNumber of desksNotes
Arts and Social Sciences Library 12 On ground floor. All electrically operated*
Biological Sciences Library 1 Has a PC on the table. Electrically operated*
Chemistry Library 1 Manually operated. Ask at information desk for the hand crank
Education Library 1 Electrically operated*
Beacon House 6 Spread across two floors. All electrically operated*
Senate House Study Centre 9 All have PCs on them. All electrically operated*

* Electrically operated desks can be raised to a standing position as long as there is no PC on them.

Building access and safety 

The University has teamed up with AccessAble to provide you with detailed information about the accessibility of our facilities, including the libraries and study centres.

Please contact Library Support if you need to arrange a Personal Emergency Evacuation Plan (PEEP) or a library orientation tour.

Ergonomic equipment loan

The Library Support team have a range of ergonomic equipment you can borrow to adapt your study space, including:

  • foot rests
  • wrist rests
  • back support
  • ergonomic mice.

You can borrow the equipment for use within our libraries and study centres.

If your needs are not fully met by the options above, find out about the Library Support team's registered services or contact the team for a chat.

Library Support

eBooks- accessibility guidance

See the accessibility guidance from the eBook platforms and publishers used at the University of Bristol. They contain information for screen reader users and those needing to modify text. 

Please contact us if you are having difficulties accessing an eBook.  

Accessible and inclusive reading list

A range of resources that offer students and staff self-help and support.

Student Counselling library

A range of self-help material on various aspects of mental health and wellbeing, in a quiet, comfortable space, on the third floor of Hampton House.

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