Information Services

Royal Infirmary Library

This is an overview of access facilities at the Royal Infirmary Library and how we assist disabled users


Royal Infirmary Library

If you are a student at the university and wish to enquire about individual adjustments such as study rooms and reduced cost printing you should contact the Student Disability Service as soon as possible. Their contact details can be found at the bottom of this webpage. None of the services mentioned in this document are instead of support you may receive from the Student Disability Service.

Access is from the main entrance to the Chancellors Building. The library is located on the first and second floor. There is lift and stair access to both these levels.  There is disabled parking located close by the chancellor’s building. 

Helpdesk services

  • The helpdesk has a lowered section for wheelchairs and an induction loop installed.
  • Coloured acetates, a portable desk lamp and a A4 page magnifier are available to borrow.
  • All library documents are available in alternative formats upon request.
  • A library trolley can be borrowed if you find it difficult to carry books.
  • Extended borrowing is available for disabled students and is arranged via the Student Disability Service.
  • A book collection service is available and books can be sent to the Main Library if this location is more accessible for you.
  • Induction tours can also be arranged.
  • Staff will be happy to assist in whatever way you require such as helping with printers and photocopies to collecting books etc.

Accessible toilets

The are accessible toilets on all the floors of the building and the ones on the first and second floor are right hand transfer.  The toilets are located a short distance from the library and staff will be happy to  direct you.

IT services

  • Mind mapping software and TextHelp Read and Write Gold is available on all computers
  • There is a computer for priority use by disabled students on the first floor of the library with an ergonomic mouse and wrist support mouse mat.

Furniture and study rooms

Royal Infirmary Library image

There are no rooms specifically for disabled students but disabled students may be eligible to use the accessible individual study rooms in the Main Library in George Square. To arrange this students should contact the Student Disability Service and their details are given at the bottom of the page. There is a standing height desk located on the main entrance level, to the left of the helpdesk – next to the window. 

Fire Evacuation

If you require assistance to evacuate in an emergency you should ensure you have a PEEP (Personal Emergency Evacuation Plan). To arrange a  (PEEP) for this building please contact your school for more information.

Useful Contacts

Student Disability Service

Will provide advice and support for disabled students and students with specific learning difficulties (e.g. dyslexia).

Student Disability Service

  • The University of Edinburgh

Contact details



Student Disability Service
University of Edinburgh
Health & Wellbeing Centre
7 Bristo Square

Post Code

Alternative formats

If you require this document in an alternative format such as Braille, large print etc, please contact Viki Galt. 

Viki Galt

Disability Information Officer

  • Information Services

Contact details



Argyle House
Floor F West
3 Lady Lawson Street

Post Code

BSL users can contact us via contactSCOTLAND-BSL, the on-line British Sign Language interpreting service. Find out more on the contactSCOTLAND website.