SOAS University of London

SOAS Library

Disability Support

The Library is committed to ensuring that all students can make full use of our services and facilities. We are wheel-chair accessible and offer as much help and support as possible to any user who has a disability, a specific learning difficulty or dyslexia.


For students who register with the Library as a student with a disability, a specific learning difficulty or dyslexia we provide:

  • Extended loan periods. You are able to borrow items for double the normal loan period (e.g., 48 hours for overnight loans; 2 weeks for one week loans)
  • Flexible loans. Please speak with your contact about flexible loan periods
  • Photocopying. Your contact can undertake photocopying on your behalf, provided you give 48 hours notice. Photocopying charges will be added to your library record. In addition, alternative paper for visual enhancement is available near copier/printers in the Library
  • Fetching service. Your contact will fetch material from the shelves for you. Please provide 24 hours notice
  • Scanning Service. We provide a scanning service for visually impaired students. Please see the Scanning Service page for more information. In addition, walk-up scanning machines are located around SOAS
  • Access to Quiet Rooms. You can access D15 in the Library or 482 in the main building for quiet study. You can also use the Creative Learning Lab, a group study space located in E20 in the Library.The rooms are equipped the assistive technology listed below

Assistive Technology

  • Mind-mapping software on all student machines, including the quiet study rooms
  • Text enhancing software on all student machines, including the quiet study rooms
  • Voice activated software (in D15 and 482 only)
  • See also the List of Specialist Student Software and Locations around SOAS

We can advise on:

  • Access to and within the Library
  • Appropriate contact persons
  • Where to obtain further assistance

It helps us to provide a better service for you if you are able to contact us in advance about any special requirements. Please note that all discussion with the Library will remain completely confidential.

Library Contact

Yvette Dickerson
Deputy Customer Services Manager
Tel: 020 7898 4796

For SOAS staff and students initial referrals, advice and assessments can be made by contacting: