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Accessibility of Kingston University learning resources centres

Physical access to the learning resources centres

All of the four learning resources centres (LRCs) are accessible to students with disabilities. Each LRC has the following:

  • an Access Technology Room with specialist software and equipment;
  • multi-functional devices with the ability to print, copy and scan;
  • height-adjustable study tables; and
  • split-screen CCTV viewers.

Services

There are a variety of additional support options designed to improve access to services and facilities for students with disabilities. These include extensions to loan periods, book fetching, one-to-one help with databases etc.

In order to benefit from these services you need to be assessed by the disability and mental health advisers, please contact them at disability@kingston.ac.uk where an adviser will discuss your individual requirements. Potential services include:

  • One-to-one or group introductions to the library. An appointment should be made by contacting your subject librarian, contact details can be found on My Kingston.
  • One-to-one help in using electronic resources, the library catalogue etc. Again, an appointment should be made with your subject librarian.
  • We can fetch books or other resources for you on request.
  • If you have a student support worker they can collect items for you.
  • You may need to borrow books for longer. Seven-day loans can be extended to 14 days.
  • Assistance when scanning or photocopying. If you are entitled to reclaim money for the photocopying or printing the Record of Photocopier/ Printing Usage form can be issued to you by LRC staff on request.
  • Support obtaining learning materials in alternative formats. Contact your Disability adviser who will liaise with LRC staff.

IT facilities

You may be entitled to use equipment in the Access Technology Rooms (ATRs) in the LRCs. The ATRs have the following:

  • TextHelp Read & Write (available on all computers);
  • Inspiration (available on all computers);
  • ZoomText, Jaws and Supernova - screen readers and magnification;
  • Dragon Naturally Speaking;
  • scanners; and
  • split-screen CCTV.

Your safety

You may have been advised of the need for a personal evacuation plan. If you have one of these you should follow those guidelines. If you do not have a personal evacuation plan and feel that you need one (for example if you have a mobility difficulty or a hearing impairment) you should contact the disability and mental health advisers who will be able to advise you.

The general guidelines are that you are advised to inform the library staff on arrival if you have mobility difficulties or impaired hearing so in case of an emergency evacuation, we are aware that you are in the building. If you are hearing impaired, you are advised not to work alone on remote floors (at Penrhyn Road and Kingston Hill), as the emergency alarm system works only on an audible principle at the present time.

Lifts must not be used during an emergency or fire drill. People unable to negotiate the stairs should make their way to designated refuge areas, typically located in stairwells.

Contact details

Learning resources centres

  • Knights Park:
    020 8417 4214
  • Kingston Hill:
    020 8417 5380
  • Penrhyn Road:
    020 8417 2101
  • Roehampton Vale:
    020 8417 4903

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Contact details

Learning resources centres

  • Knights Park:
    020 8417 4214
  • Kingston Hill:
    020 8417 5380
  • Penrhyn Road:
    020 8417 2101
  • Roehampton Vale:
    020 8417 4903

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Contact details

Learning resources centres

  • Knights Park:
    020 8417 4214
  • Kingston Hill:
    020 8417 5380
  • Penrhyn Road:
    020 8417 2101
  • Roehampton Vale:
    020 8417 4903

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