The University of Bolton Library is committed to helping people get the most out of its facilities. The following additional services are offered to anyone with a disability of any kind within the Library.

To find out more about the wide range of support available from the University of Bolton please visit the Services for Disabled Students web pages.

Getting Around the Library

Download a copy of the Library floor plan [PDF, A5]


Library Floor Plan 2018

Enhanced Services

Provision of additional services for users is matched to the specific needs of each individual. If you are registered with the University as having a need for additional learning support, we can provide:

  1. A hands-on introduction to our facilities and software using an appointment system.
  2. Copies, on request, of most in-house publications in large print format.
  3. Flexible loan arrangements. However, this may not be possible for the most popular items. Loans will also be subject to recall and fines if overdue.
  4. Assistance with the Library self-issue system, if required.
  5. Inter-Library loan requests by post. For further information please see the Inter-Library Loans service web page.
  6. Subject searches of electronic resources and the Internet. Contact your Academic Librarian to arrange for searches to be done for you.
  7. Advice on your subject.  Academic Librarians are available to advise you on choosing materials. Please ask your Academic Librarian or at the Help Desk.
  8. A photocopying service for those with a visual impairment or mobility problem. We aim to guarantee a 24 hour service i.e. collect after 24 hours. Charges are the same as for self-service copies.
  9. Help with reaching material from shelves. Ask any member of staff for assistance. 
  10. Help with checking reading lists and finding books, for those with a visual impairment or mobility problem.

Assistive Technology & Equipment

There are 2 dedicated areas within the Library which offer software and hardware specialist facilities. The Student Support room, which is bookable by students at the Library Help Desk up to 4 weeks in advance for a 2 hour period per day. The Assistive Technology room is open access.

The Facilities in these areas include:

  1. Texthelp Read and Write 11 Gold and Mindview 6.0 which are available on the University network
  2. Mindview 6.0 which are available on the University network
  3. Dragon Naturally Speaking (microphone/headphones available from the Library Help Desk)
  4. Supernova 15
  5. Bookreader/enhancer scanners
  6. High-visibility and ergonomic keyboards
  7. Footrests
  8. Document holders

RNIB Bookshare

RNIB Bookshare provides accessible textbooks and materials to support print-disabled learners. Bookshare offers a range of accessible formats that can be read electronically or adapted to suit personal reading needs. Over 458,383 titles are available with more being added all the time!

All eligible students at the University are given the opportunity to register for an RNIB Bookshare account. 

Who is eligible to access RNIB Bookshare?

RNIB Bookshare is available to students with a qualifying visual impairment, learning disability or physical disability. See the RNIB Bookshare website for more information. 

If you are unsure if you would be eligible, please contact the Disability Service

How do I get access to RNIB Bookshare? 

Please contact the Disability Service to make an appointment, or attend one of their regular drop-ins. Once Disability have confirmed your eligibility for RNIB Bookshare, Library staff will contact you with login details for the service. You will then be able to login and download accessible versions of textbooks whenever you want. 

I've got login details for RNIB Bookshare, how do I use the service?

The Library's Enable Team can support you in using RNIB Bookshare. Please contact the Enable Team if you need any assistance. Alternatively, there are a range of "how-to" videos available on the RNIB website.

Help & Support

The Library staff are happy to help you. If you would like a personal tour of the Library please contact your Academic Librarian to make an appointment. Alternatively contact the Help Desk.

For instruction in the use of specialist software, hardware and equipment, please arrange an appointment via Dave Percival.

An email discussion group is available. Click here to send a message to the Enable Team

Please email the group with any issues or suggestions you might have, or contact Trevor Hodgson, 01204 903160, who is responsible for the Library's policy for students with need for additional learning support.


Awareness Leaflets

  1. Library Services for students with additional learning support requirements [PDF]
  2. Asperger Syndrome Awareness [PDF]
  3. D/deaf Awareness [PDF]
  4. Dyslexia Awareness [PDF]
  5. Dyspraxia Awareness [PDF]
  6. Mental Health Awareness [PDF]


Internet Resources

You may also be interested in looking at these other web sites. Let us know if you have any suggestions for other useful sites.

The Disability Rights Commission

Deals with individual cases of discrimination, promotes best prctice and lobbies for legal and policy changes.


Provides information on funding.


Royal National Institute for the Blind.


The Royal National Institute for the Deaf.


The British Dyslexia Association.

National Autistic Society

Leading UK charity for people with  autism (including Asperger syndrome)


The Mental Health charity

SKILL: National Bureau for Students with Disabilities 

Promotes opportunities for young people and adults with any kind of disability in post-16 education, training and employment.


A JISC funded service supporting the further and higher education community in all aspects of technology and disabilities and/or learning difficulties.