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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.

S2S Tour of the BLU Libraries Complex

Join Nicole Bennett, S2S Mentor and a Social Policy undergrad, as she brings you on a tour of the Berkeley, Lecky and Ussher Libraries explaining the services and facilities available to you. We offer 15-minute scheduled Library tours at the start of your first semester.

Video guide for students with Intellectual Disabilities

The Library and students on the Arts, Science and Inclusive Applied Practice certificate programme (Trinity Centre for People with Intellectual Disabilities) have produced a short video on how to use the Library. Contact Geraldine Fitzgerald for details and support (

Building Access

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 recent improvements included 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 application for reasonable accommodations with the Disability Service. More information on how to make this application can be found online.

Registered students may be entitled to:

Special Borrowing Privileges: Undergraduate students with Special Borrowing Privileges are entitled to the same items as postgraduates. For more information see Library reader types.

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.