Inclusive Library Services

The library supports the university in its objective to realise the potential of all students and staff whatever their protected characteristic (age, sex, race, gender reassignment, disability, sexual orientation, marriage or civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, religion and belief). If you have any questions or need any help, please contact us:-

  • Email us:

  • Phone us: 01792 295697

  • Visit the Library Desk at any of our campus libraries: Bay, Singleton Park, South Wales Miners' Library or St Davids Park (Carmarthen)

Students who may benefit from extra help can make use of our LibraryPlus service. This is available to all students, but was set up particularly to meet the needs of those who are part-time, living at a distance, work-based learners, on placement, disabled or have caring responsibilities. Please see our LibraryPlus webpage for more information.

Guides to Singleton Park Library and to Bay Library

In collaboration with Swansea University’s Autistic Spectrum Condition Practitioners, ISS have produced an Accessible Guide to Singelton Park Library and one for Bay Library. The guides have been written for anyone who may feel daunted or anxious about coming into the library. They also highlight aspects of the buildings that may be challenging for students on the autistic spectrum.

The Singleton Park Library guide is available here as a PDF.

The Bay Library guide is available here as a PDF.

Subject-specific research skills training

Available on appointment: a training session from your Subject Librarian on using e-resources and research skills for your subject. Contact to arrange an appointment. Online subject guides and information are also available at

Automatic renewals and extended loan period

Most items will be renewed automatically for you unless someone else has placed a Request on that title. Please see our page on Borrowing, Renewing, Reserving Items for full information. 

Undergraduate students with a registered disability can have an extended loan period of 4 weeks on Normal Loan books. This facility is set up by the Disability Office so please contact them to request it.

Please note: one week and overnight loans do not have any extended loan option; fines are charged as normal on all types of loan.


We have a number of e-book collections available at Swansea University. All our e-books appear in iFind, the library catalogue. We have a guide available which explains how to find and access e-books via iFind. The guide also looks at the features of our three main e-book providers - Dawsonera, EBSCO eBooks and ProQuest Ebook Central.

E-books offer the convenience of off-campus access for students who may not be able to make regular visits to the library. A limited number of pages may be saved or printed from each e-book (restrictions due to copyright legislation). Our main e-book platforms offer the ability to search within the text of the book and to make notes for future reference.

Coloured print paper available

You may find it easier to read documents if they are printed on a coloured background. Please ask at the Information Desk if you would like coloured paper to use in the printers/photocopiers. Colours available may include cream, yellow, blue, green and pink. 

Alternative formats

If you have a print disability (cognitive or physical), you may be entitled to access books, lecture notes and other material in an alternative format. For example, you may be provided with a PDF copy of a book if you have a disability which inhibits your handling of a print copy, or if you have a specific learning difficulty which means you would benefit from being able to use screen reading software with the text. Alternative formats are provided by the Transcription Centre, but the service is authorised by the Disability Office. Please contact the Disability Office if you think you would benefit from this service.

For a quick, self-service solution available to everyone, RoboBraille can convert a range of document types into an alternative format of your choice. RoboBraille is an outside service which is not supported by the university, but may be helpful to students who are not entitled to services from the Transcription Centre.

Please see our information on assistive technology for details of read aloud software and other useful tools which are available to everyone on open access campus PCs.

Wellbeing Collection

We have a special bibliotherapy collection of books selected by the Wellbeing Service which provide expert self-help on a wide range of issues. The books are available to all students and staff. Wellbeing collections are located in the Media Room at Singleton Park Library (on the ground floor, Level 3) and near the Reference Collection in the Central Area at Bay Library. As with the rest of our collection, books can be sent to Singleton Park Library, Bay Library, South Wales Miners Library or Banwen Library for you to borrow, so if the title you want isn't available at your library, just Request it.  Some titles are also available as e-books. You can view a full list of titles here, check availability (click on the title link) and access the e-books (click on the Full Text link). 

Use of the Visually Impaired Resources Room

A dedicated study space is available on Level 2 of Singleton Park Library where visually impaired students and their helpers can work. Students must have their card activated to enable access to the room, which has specialist equipment availble for specific students. If you have been identified as needing access to the room, you can get your card activated at the Information Desk.

In Bay Library, there is a dedicated study space for visually impaired students in the Postgraduate Study Room in the South Wing. Students must have their card activated to enable access to the room. Please ask at the Bay Library Information Desk for help to do this. 


Lockers for storage are available to students who have this identified in their needs assessment. Lockers are in the Study Hall of Singleton Park Library and near the entrance to the North Wing in Bay Library. Visit the Information Desk in Singleton Park Library or Bay Library with the form from the Disability Office to get a locker assigned. 

Library Membership for Helpers

Helpers are allowed to have their own borrowing facilities in the library. Please visit the Information Desk in Singleton Park Library or in Bay Library to arrange this.

The South Wales Miners Library

The South Wales Miners Library on the Hendrefoelan campus has wheelchair access to the ground floor only. Staff will be happy to fetch items from the upper floors.

Further Information

Our libraries

IT Support

How to access the wireless network

Assistive technology - details of the specialist software available on the university's open access PCs

Swansea Academy of Learning and Teaching (SALT) resources for academic staff supporting students with disabilities, mental health conditions and specific learning difficulties

We work closely with the following support services on campus:

Enquiries / Further Help

Please contact us by email ( or phone 01792 295697 or call in to the Information Desk in Singleton Park Library or Bay Library during Information Desk opening hours. 

This webpage is maintained by Philippa Price ( and Bernie Williams (  Last updated 04/08/2016.