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UHBW Library and Information Services: Accessibility

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We are working to make the library as accessible as possible, both online and offline, so as many people can benefit from our services as possible.

Please click the link below for UHBW's general statement on web accessibility.

UHBW NHS - About Accessibility

A banner stating "what is a disability". The banner covers seen and unseen disabilities.

Please follow this link to find an infographic on understanding disabilities: Understanding-disability-infographic.pdf (

Accessing the Library

Bristol: The library is located on level five of the Education Centre building.

Weston: The library is located on the ground floor of the Academy building.

Both library sites offer the following:

  • Accessible entrances
  • Accessible toilets directly outside the library
  • Lift access (where needed)

If you would like to speak to us about access concerns before visiting the library, please contact us at


Speech recognition
At UHBW, we have access to speech recognition software. If you are interested in using this software, or manage someone who would benefit, please contact the ABLE+ team at for training and support. We are planning to bring this software to the library soon, and will update this page when it is available for use.


Library Software
All computers have narration software, screen magnification options, closed captions and colour filter options. You can find and adjust this by searching "Ease of Access" in the computer search bar. If you are having trouble locating these settings, please ask a member of library staff for assistance.

External Support

You can also use Ability Net to find easy to understand tutorials on how to make your device more accessible. You can find this website here: My Computer My Way (

Additional Library Equipment

We can offer the following:

  • Assistance with using the library spaces.
  • Headphones and ergonomic equipment from both library sites.
  • Assistance Dogs are welcome in both library sites.

Bristol library also has access to a sit-stand desk: please let us know if you would like to use this either by email at, or at the front desk.

If you have requests for library equipment we don't have that would enable you to do your job with greater ease, let us know at the front desk or by email at, and we will consider your request.

Future improvement

We look forward to working together with the ABLE+ team to build upon what we can provide to you.

In the meantime, as a member of staff at UHBW, you can join the ABLE+ network. ABLE+ is the Trust's Staff Network for staff with both seen and unseen disabilities. The ABLE+ network provides an opportunity to meet with colleagues, share ideas and gain peer support. You can find details on how to join via the Intranet homepage, or you can contact the team directly at .

If you run into problems accessing any part of the website, or if you have suggestions for improvements we can make to the digital or physical library service, you can also contact the library directly by emailing us at -  please do get in touch, we would be happy to hear from you.

Word cloud of various seen and unseen disabilities, with ABLE+ in the centre.