Users with Disabilities
The Library is committed to providing an inclusive library environment so that all readers have complete and equitable access to the entire Library service.
The Library of Trinity College Dublin includes an extensive array of buildings. Recent building projects have accommodated the principles of Universal Access and existing buildings have been made accessible through retro-fitting. Work is on-going and a number of improvements programmed to happen in 2011-12 are automation of a number of doors throughout the Library and adding loop systems to all Service Counters.
Supports for Students with Disabilities within the Library
A number of supports are available to students registered with the Disability Service within the Library. You can discuss any needs related to the Library when you meet your Disability Officer for a Needs Assessment upon registration with the Disability Service.
Registered students may be entitled to:
Special Borrowing Privileges: Undergraduate and Diploma students with Special Borrowing Privileges are entitled to borrow up to eight books. For more information see Library reader categories.
Educational Support Workers: “ESW Library Assistants” help students who find it challenging to search, retrieve, borrow, return and photocopy materials from the Library. See the Disability Service: ESW Job Descriptions.
Alternative Formatting: Sometimes students cannot access print materials and need resources in an alternative format (e.g., audio access, large print, Braille).
TCD acquires or create materials in these formats for students. For more information see What is Alternative Formatting?
Assistive Technology Information Centres (ATIC)
College has a number of modern AT resource rooms called "Assistive Technology Information Centres", or ATIC for short. These rooms include computers with assistive software and other assistive technologies. Assistive Technology (AT) is any use of technology which helps a user perform a task more easily. ATIC areas are currently located in three libraries:
For more information see Library ATIC areas
To discuss your library supports contact your Disability Officer in the first instance.