How the Library can support you

Library staff are here to make sure everyone can use and get the most out of our services and facilities. You can contact:

  • Your librarian - every department has a named librarian who will be happy to introduce library services, advise on specific resources and discuss particular needs
  • The Information Hub (Central Library) and issue desks - for help with borrowing and requesting books, registration and general enquiries, email library@imperial.ac.uk

Services

We work closely with the College Disability Advisory Service to deliver bespoke support.

The advisory team will alert the Library if you need:

  • longer book loans - we can arrange for your library loans to be automatically extended from 1 to 3 weeks
  • book fetching - we can can set up a book fetching service for you if you have difficulties accessing material on the shelves
  • accessible textbooks - it may be possible for us to provide material in electronic formats, in cooperation with individual publishers and subject to copyright law
  • specific study space requirements - if you need a particular type of study space, we will do our best to accommodate your needs
  • access to assistive technology PCs - we have a dedicated room in the Central Library  offering a 5 PCs with additional software, as well as quiet study space

Please complete our Disability support application (pdf) and take it to the College Disability Advisory Service for validation.

Contact the College Disability Advisory Service at:

Visiting the libraries

The Central Library and campus libraries are accessible by wheelchair, but some routes are complicated. If you are unsure please contact the relevant library.

Our staffed desks have hearing loops. To make use of this, just turn your hearing aid to the T position. If you are booking one of our training sessions, let the trainer know if you have any special requirements.

PCs and printer-copiers

Our student PCs have a range of software that might also be useful. Programs include:

The PCs in our Assistive technology room (Central Library) include the following additional software:

  1. Inspirations – visual learning software that helps you create mind maps to illustrate and connect ideas visually
  2. Dragon – speech recognition software that allows you to dictate and edit documents
  3. Audio NoteTaker – creates notes comprising audio, text and images
  4. EverNote – allows you to gather all your different notes in one place
  5. WordQ – an in-context word predictor and spoken feedback that works in Microsoft Office and more
  6. Read and Write – dyslexia support software
  7. Global AutoCorrect – automatic spelling corrector

Our printer-copiers can scan documents for free - send scanned items in PDF format to your email address.

Ask a member of staff if you need to print on coloured paper or would like to use a coloured overlay.

The College wireless network is available in most libraries.