In line with the College's Equalities Policy, Library Services are committed to providing inclusive, user-oriented services to support students and staff during their time at King's. Library staff are available to help users make full use of its services and facilities.
Using our services:
We provide a range of services and facilities including:
For further details, please speak to library staff and check the sections below.
There are ten Assistive Technology Rooms (ATRs) spread across the six King's library sites.
Each room is equipped with ergonomic workstations with adjustable desks and chairs, Dragon headsets, a scanner and a printer. Software on each ATR PC:
ATRs are bookable by registered users only. To register, contact the Disability Support on 0207 848 7018 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information about these packages see Assistive Software information on the Disability Support web pages, where you can also book on to a group workshop or drop-in training session.
Each ATR is marked AT on the floor plans linked below:
At Franklin-Wilkins Library you can use your King’s ID card to touch-in and out of the ATRs during library opening hours. At the other libraries you will need to sign out keys from staff at the Information Point.
Library staff will be happy to help with any practical issues you have with accessing the ATRs. If you have any questions about using assistive software please email Errol Thomas email@example.com.
SensusAccess is a self-service option for accessible formats. It allows you to convert documents that would normally be inaccessible. These include image-only PDF files, scanned documents, pictures of text and Microsoft PowerPoint presentations.
Documents can be converted into a range of alternate formats, including:
You can make an accessible copy if you own the copyright (eg. it's your own work), have permission from the copyright holder, if the copyright has expired, or if it's for someone with a disability preventing or impeding access to printed material. If so, you need to agree that:
More information can be found on the King’s copyright pages. You can also contact firstname.lastname@example.org for advice.
SensusAccess is available to all King’s College London students, staff and alumni who have a King’s email address (i.e. …@kcl.ac.uk).
SensusAccess provide useful Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), videos and guides.
Alternatively, please email email@example.com. If you are unable to use SensusAccess but would benefit from material in accessible formats, please contact the Disability Service.
Using SensusAccess to convert a file
A range of equipment and ergonomic aids is available to help you with your studies.
Accessible workspaces are available in most libraries. These are designed to provide more flexible space for users with disabilities. All are equipped with height-adjustable desks and fully adjustable chairs and are labelled priority access for those who require the adjustable facilities.
Noise-cancelling headphones are available at all libraries. They can help alleviate the effects of sensory overload
These machines allow you to:
CCTVs are available in the following libraries:
Library desks are fitted with an induction loop system, which can be identified by the induction loop logo sticker.
Further equipment may be available for training and seminar rooms: please contact library staff for further information.
Due to the size of the building, the Maughan Library has a dedicated fire alarm warning and message system for the deaf and hard of hearing. Users wear the alerter clipped to clothing, or in a pocket. If the fire alarm is triggered, the alerter vibrates, flashes and displays a message. There are three alerters for the library and each is provided with easy-to-use written instructions.
If you would like to use one, when you are studying in the building, please contact the security staff at the library entrance. Alternatively, if you would like to book an alerter in advance, please contact Nigel Baker (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The following assistive technology tools can be accessed from Student Computing Rooms across all campuses, for all users:
For registered users only, the following additional assistive technology software is available in ten Assistive Technology Rooms (ATRs) spread across the six King's library sites:
For more information see our Assistive Technology Rooms webpage.
Assistive software productivity group workshops are held all year round to help get you up to speed with the use of assistive technology.
To book a place on a group workshop, follow the link to the Skills Forge short course booking system, logging in with your King's username and password and searching for course code DAS350.
You can also request an individual 3-hour assistive technology training session with Assistive Technology Coordinator Errol Thomas, by emailing him at email@example.com, or telephoning 020 7848 4262.
Drop-in sessions are also available for quick questions. No need to book, just drop-in between 2 - 5 pm. Drop-in session dates
Individual training sessions covers both PC and Mac-based assistive applications such as Mac speak dictate, Claro Read, Text help Read and Write and Inspiration. Training includes support with iPad and iPhone devices.
An increasingly large number of apps are available: some free, some freemium (basic services are free, but more advanced features must be paid for) and some only available for payment. This is a dynamic market and it is not possible to provide an exhaustive list of the options available nor to guarantee that an app will continue to be available and compatible with all devices. What follows is therefore some general advice about downloading software and some sources of information which you can explore to find apps that suit your needs.
Here are a few handy tips to ensure that you download only the products you want:
If you are registered with the Disability Support, we can collect four and one week loan items from the shelves in your home library for you. All you need to do is request them from the Library catalogue.
If you are registered with the Disability Support, we can transfer four week loan items available at another site to your home library for you. All you need to do is request them from the Library catalogue.
Inter-site books are supplied under the following conditions:
If you need extra time for reading because of a disability, or think you might be dyslexic, please contact the Disability Support in the first instance.
For students who have been advised to use this service, we can offer loan extensions for one week loans.
All College staff and students as well as staff from King's Health Partners may make requests for books or journal articles for teaching and research purposes via the Interlending & Document Delivery service. Material available at King's cannot be requested through this service. Before making a request, please check Library Search to make sure that the item you require is not already available at King's.
You can use the Samsung Multi-Function Devices in the libraries or student computer rooms to Print or Copy and can see and download your transactions in PDF, HTML or CSV format by logging in to your print account, clicking on 'transaction history' on the left hand menu and then choosing your export format underneath your transaction history table.
If you use the online print credit payment, you will receive an email confirmation of your payment. If this is not acceptable to your LEA, use the print credit kiosks, and download your transaction via your print account as above.
If you have an Academic Support Worker to assist you, we can arrange access to the Libraries for them.
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