Disability Support at the Library

Goldsmiths Library is committed to ensuring that all students can make full use of our services and facilities.

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We seek to meet the needs of students and academics by providing the best and most relevant literature in print and electronic format.

Subject librarians teach Library users to access material that will allow you to maximize all the relevant resources currently available.

 Assistive Technology Centre
Assistive Technology Centre

Students with additional support needs first need to register with the Disability Service. As part of your support the Library will provide:

Extended loans

You are able to borrow short loan items for double the loan period (e.g. two weeks for a one week loan). Find out how to renew your loans.

Fetching service

When the library is in regular service, we can offer a fetching service for students. However, as print material is currently only available through Click and Collect, all students need to use this service where library staff will fetch books for collection. Click and Collect is available.


Visually Impaired students can contact the Subject Team to make a request for scanning of subject specific material, please check with your Subject Librarian for availability and give at least 48 hours notice.

Access to quiet rooms

There are a number of study spaces across campus the Library has designated spaces for quiet study, however due to Covid-19 restrictions, there are fewer spaces available than usual. These are bookable in the same way as other spaces. If you have a query about booking a library study space please email library (@gold.ac.uk).

Assistive Technology Centre

The Assistive Technology Centre (ATC) is located on the ground floor of the Library. Mind- mapping, voice-activated and text enhancing software are available in this study room.

As the library has put social distancing measures in place there are fewer available PCs in the ATC. PCs with assistive technology have been moved to the second floor in booths 185-188. These are all bookable.

Library building accessibility

See a guide to accessing the Rutherford Building, which the Library is in, on AccessAble.co.uk.

However, as the library currently has a reduced service, the main entrance is only used for those who have a booked study space, and for the return of library books. This is accessible via stairs or from street level via Lewisham Way. The click and collect service is available from the side entrance of the Rutherford Building. This is further down Lewisham Way from the main entrance, away from Richard Hoggart Building. This is accessible either by stairs or by ramped/sloped access.

Contact the Library

The inclusion and support officers for the library can be contacted via Microsoft Teams. Support tutors and guardians are advised to email libraryinclusion (@gold.ac.uk).

The library is currently following government guidelines on Covid-19 measures for your safety while on campus. We look forward to hearing from you.

They can advise on:

  • Where to obtain further assistance
  • Access to and within the Library
  • Appropriate contact persons
  • Access to the RNIB Bookshare Service