Library services for students with a disability

Do you have a special need that requires some assistance?

We provide assistance to our students who have special needs, due to physical or psychological reasons, that would prevent access to resources such as books, journals etc.

We also provide facilities such as study spaces and equipment.

Access: all library buildings have wheelchair access and in multi-storey buildings there are lifts to move between floors.

Are you new to the University? Or have you recently acquired a condition that makes it difficult for you to use the library like you used to?

If you are new to the university, you may have already contacted Student Equity and Disability Support to enquire about the services offered by them.

If you have not already done so, or you have now discovered that you would benefit from special assistance, please visit the homepage of Student Equity and Disability Support. There you can make an appointment with staff to have your needs assessed and register you as a student requiring special assistance.

We are unable to provide special assistance to students from other universities.

The Library offers many services

Assistive Software

  • Talking Computer - JAWS for Windows
  • Voice Recognition - Dragon Dictate
  • Visual Learning - Inspiration
  • Screen Magnification - Magic
  • Speech, spellchecker, voice etc. - Texthelp Read&Write
  • Scanning, OCR, PDF conversion, voice and many more - WYNN
  • Special software for Braille users, scanner, Braille reader, Braille embosser etc.

Special furniture and equipment

  • Ergonomic furniture - Orthotilt desktop, standing frame, kneeling chair, height adjustable tables, ergonomic chairs and slantboards and walker
  • CCTV
  • Halogen lamp, heaters and fans
  • Scanners
  • Power points for personal laptop computer

Help with research and special lending rules

  • You can make an appointment by contacting the service desk or via email or telephone to discuss the services and facilities.
  • One to one consultations can be arranged to help you do library research using assistive technology/equipment with library systems and materials.
  • Under special circumstances we can arrange extended loans and inter-library loans for books.

Where are these facilities located?

Baillieu Library

Ground Floor

  • There is one "priority reserved" workstation on the south end of the ground floor. This computer does not carry special assistive software but the table is height-adjustable and can accommodate a student on a motor scooter. Students who want to use this workstation can ask staff at the Service Desk for assistance.

First Floor - Percy Baxter Collaborative Learning Centre

  • Room 102 - PC with assistive software, scanner and height adjustable table. The key to this room is held at the Service Desk on the Ground floor.

Second Floor

  • Room 201 and 202 - PC with assistive software, scanner, and height adjustable table.
  • Room 203 and 204 - PC with non-assistive software, scanner, and height adjustable table.

ERC Library Room 303 on level 3 (entry level)

Two workstations- PCs with assistive software and scanner.


  • PC assistive software and special software for Braille users,
  • Scanner,
  • Braille reader, Braille embosser etc.

Ergonomic furniture

  • Orthotilt desktop,
  • standing frame,
  • kneeling chair,
  • height adjustable tables,
  • ergonomic chairs and power points for a personal laptop computer.

Want to discuss further?

Kylie Tran is happy to talk with you Smiley face : 03 9035 9725 or