Library services for users with a disability

  • Access to Brookes libraries

    Information about access is given for each Oxford Brookes Library:


    Harcourt Hill



    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

    Library services include:

    • Fetching books from the shelves and/or explaining the reservations system
    • Individual scanning 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 Lee Kyra-Cattle to discuss this (01865 483143)

      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.
    • 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.
    • Coloured paper can be used for items requested via the scanning, copying or interlibrary loan service 

      Blue Marking Cards: Students who are eligible to use the Blue Marking Card can obtain physical copies of the card from Headington, Harcourt Hill and Wheatley libraries, Wellbeing Reception, Marston Road Reception and Swindon Reception. Information about how to use the blue card with electronic submissions is given in the Dyslexia/SpLD registration email.  

    Other University services to help you

    • 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 Disability and Dyslexia/SpLD Services -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)