Disability support

The USW library service aims to provide the widest possible access to learning and teaching resources and to remove any barriers resulting from disability or additional learning needs. These web pages provide a gateway to information about the services and facilities we provide to maximise accessibility.

Borrowing library resources

You will need your student ID card to borrow resources in the Library:

Books, DVDs and CDs

These library resources will auto-renew unless they have been requested by another library user. If a request has been placed for a resource which is on loan to a student with a disability then the following minimum loan periods will apply:

  • One week loan resources – these may be borrowed for one additional week.
  • High demand (two day) resources – these may be borrowed for up to one week.

Digital audio recorders and laptops

These media resources may be borrowed for up to one week and then must be returned to the library to be renewed/returned. They must be renewed/returned at the library from which they were borrowed.

Postal loans

The postal loans service is for all students who are registered with the Disability Service. You are able to request a range of resources via post.

Guide for deaf awareness

The library has created a guide to resources and information on deaf related issues including British Sign Language.

Accessible PCs and software

Within all USW libraries we include computers with specialised software and workspaces that are height adjustable desks.

All library computers have Inspiration (mind-mapping) and TextHELP (Read & Write) software.

Identified computers have Supernova (screen-reader) software.

For the locations of these computers and height adjustable desks see our floorplans.

Physical access to libraries for students with mobility restrictions

Cardiff: the library is on a single level of the ground floor of the Atrium building.

Glyntaff: the library has a ground floor entrance and there is an internal lift for access to the first floor.

Newport: the library is on the first floor with an internal lift from the ground floor.


  • The entrance to the library is located part way up a flight of stairs and is accessible via an external lift. In the event of a problem with this lift, disabled students requiring access to the library should call 01443 48 3400. 
  • Library staff can provide access at street level 09:00 – 17:00 via an alternative entrance.
  • There is an internal lift between Level 1 (ground floor) and Level 2 (first floor), and a lift between Level 2 and the raised study area.
  • Access between Level 2 and the Hirwaun building is via the library staff offices. Please ask at the Advice Zone Desk (Level 1) if you wish to access the Hirwaun building or in TRH005 if you wish to access the library.
  • Evac chairs are available for mobility restricted users and alternative exit routes are available from all parts of the buildings in the case of an emergency.


Cardiff: disabled parking spaces are in the car park at the rear of the building.

Glyntaff: disabled parking spaces are close to at the front entrance of the library.

Newport: parking spaces are available at the rear of the campus; you will need to either give advance notice that you wish to use this parking area or have obtained a card which allows permanent access (see DDS link below).

Treforest: disabled parking spaces are close to the library.

Further information about parking can be found on the Disability Services website.