Information for users with disabilities

We have staff, services and facilities to help you use the Library and find information.

Library contacts

If you need help getting the most of our collections and facilities, get in touch with a staff member from your site Library:

Brunswick Library
Ian Kolk,

Bundoora Library
Marcello Di Camillo,

Carlton Library
Ro Hueston,

Swanston Library
Karen Hoggard,

For all other matters, please contact:

Library Disability Services coordinator
Charles Barnett
ph: 9925 4559

Using online resources

Library staff can help you find online resources. We can also convert publications, such as inaccessible PDFs, or printed copies, into accessible versions for you. Talk to your lecturer or your contact at the Equitable Learning Services as soon as possible to arrange this.

Accessibility of online databases, e-journals and e-books vary. Here are accessibility instructions and tips from some of the major database vendors:

Studying from home?

If you are studying from home, we will answer your questions online (via a form or chat), and arrange a delivery of study material to your desktop or via the post:

Studying in the Library?

We can help you

  • Check the catalogue for holdings and call numbers
  • Retrieve items from shelves
  • Book a computer or a private study room
  • And give you an introduction to the Library (by appointment)

If you need help searching for information, contact the Liaison Librarian for your school.

Check the opening hours and locations before making a trip.

Assistive technology

Software or equipment


Further information

ZoomText is a screen magnification software for students with low vision.

Read & Write Gold is a literacy assistance software that reads most file types.

Dragon Naturally Speaking is a voice recognition software for writing.

JAWS is a screen reading software for students who are blind and have low vision.

All PCs on campus, but you will need to register with the Equitable Learning Services to access this software.

Reserve computers using Book It. If you have problems, please contact the Library staff.

If you would like to use Dragon Naturally Speaking in a room on your own:

  • Swanston Library please contact to confirm.
  • Bundoora Library book group study room 2.1

Book these rooms using Book It.

You will find more information about the assistive software on the Equitable Learning Services: Benefits page.

Inspiration for graphical idea representation and essay structuring

Omni Page Professional for OCR-ing and scanning

Assistive Technology PCs with scanners available at all Libraries except Swanston.

No booking required

Closed circuit television enlarges text

  • All Libraries

No booking required

Height-adjustable desk

  • All Libraries

No booking required

TTY telephone typewriters

  • Brunswick Payphone TTY in Building 514, Level 1, Cafe Area
  • Carlton Library, ph. 9925 4539

No booking required

Building access

For information on parking and permits go to City of Melbourne Parking for People with Disabilities.



Building access

Accessible toilets


Brunswick Library

Car spaces, are available at the west entrance of Building 514.

Additional car spaces are available in the main car park in the rear of the campus.

Ramp access and automatic doors are available at the west entrance of Building 514.

A lift is available to the second floor of Building 514.

Toilets are on the ground level of building 514, near the lift and student Hub.

Brunswick campus access map (PDF 204 KB 1p)


Accessible car parking is available in the car park next to the Bundoora Library.

Entrance doors are self-opening and there is lift access to the upper and lower levels.

A toilet is located on level 2, near the Copy Card coin machine

Bundoora campus access map (PDF 1.19 KB 1p)

Carlton Library

There is a designated car-parking bay available outside the Carlton Library building.

The Library on level 3 is accessible via lifts.

Toilets on level 3 are located next to the lifts and near the Student Lounge.

City campus access map (PDF 2.27 MB 1p)

Swanston Library

Car parking spaces are available on LaTrobe Street, near the Bowen Street entrance.

Lifts are available inside Building 12.

Toilets are located near the entrance to Swanston Library.

City campus access map (PDF 2.27 MB 1p)