Library services for users with a disability

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Access to Brookes libraries

Information about access is given for each Oxford Brookes Library site

Library services to help you

Staff will be very pleased to help you with any queries, including how to find good resources for your studies. You can visit the Library in person, telephone (01865 483156), email ( or use our Library Help chat service - look for the chat option on the right-hand side of the page.

Library services include:

  • Fetching books from the shelves and/or explaining the reservations system
  • Individual scanning service
  • Coloured paper can be used for items requested via the scanning, copying or interlibrary loan service.
  • Accessible alternate formats
  • Access to the RNIB Bookshare scheme which provides full textbooks in accessible formats. Please contact John Grandy ( for details.
  • Personal Emergency Evacuation Plan (PEEP) for your evacuation from the Library. Please contact Nicola Barnard to discuss this (01865 485089)

For undergraduate students with concessionary status:

  • Standard loan items are guaranteed for a minimum of two weeks, rather than one week. Loan lengths for all other items are the same for all undergraduate students.
  • Up to 30 standard loan items can be borrowed at once. The number of reservations, short loan and other items available to borrow at once is the same for all undergraduate students.

For postgraduate students with concessionary status:

  • Borrowing terms and limits are slightly more generous for postgraduate students than undergraduate students, you will receive whichever is more generous between the postgraduate and concessionary terms and limits.

For staff and external borrowers:

  • Due to data protection laws the library does not keep information about any specific learning difficulties or disabilities you may have. If you would like additional support when using the library or longer loan lengths etc, please speak to a member of library staff.
For all users:
  • Fines will be charged at the same rate for all students and staff (£1 per day for standard items). If you have any extenuating or exceptional circumstances which impact on your ability to return books or pay a fine, please contact us to discuss how we can help you.

Alternate formats

Sensus Access

Use the Sensus Access service to convert a document from an inaccessible format (eg. image only PDF file, JPEG pictures , Powerpoint presentations) into an accessible format, including e-book, MP3 or DAISY audio book or digital braille.

The service is embedded further down this web page.

To use the service there are 4 simple steps:

  • Upload your file
  • Choose the type of file you would like returned
  • Select the output file options you need
  • Enter your Brookes email address. A link to your converted file will be emailed for you to open or download.

Conditions of use

You can make an accessible copy if

  • you own the copyright (ie. it’s your own work)
  • you have permission from the copyright owner
  • the copyright has expired
  • you have a print disability or if it’s for someone with a print disability.

You need to agree that:

Please note by using this service you consent to the sharing of limited personal data with Sensus ApS. For further information please see the SensusAccess privacy policy here (

Use Sensus Access to convert a file

Give your feedback on Sensus Access

Give us your feedback on the Sensus service via a Google form (requires a Brookes login)

Sensus FAQs

Other University services to help you

Students who are eligible to use the blue marking card can follow the instructions on the card about how to use a blue card with electronic submissions, and also refer to their Inclusive Support Plan (ISP) email.

Assistive Technology - available in the Assistive Technology Suite at Headington (in the Basement of the Library in the JHB Building), and also Wheatley and Harcourt Hill. The learning technology is for exclusive use by students who are registered with the Inclusive Support Service - this service offers a range of help including drop in sessions.

Freely available assistive technologies via Brookes network, such as ClaroRead Pro (text-to-speech software package) and Inspiration (mind mapping tool).