Information Services

Western General Hospital Library

This is an overview of access facilities at the Western General Hospital Library and how we assist disabled students with their studies.

Please be aware that this page is being updated whilst the Western General Hospital Library settles into its new location in the Medical Education Centre on the 3rd floor of the Outpatients Building. The most direct access is via Porterfield Road. There is also a new telephone number – 0161 651 8761.

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Map link to Library 

The  new Library currently is not accessible to those unable to evacuate by stairs and alternative provisions are available. Material from the WGH Library can be delivered to MRC Institute of Genetics and Cancer reception and consulted in  the  MRC Institute of Genetics and Cancer Nucleus. To arrange delivery, please contact the library.



Western General Library Helpdesk

To arrange individual adjustments such as study rooms and reduced cost printing, students should contact the Disability and Inclusive Learning 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 Disability and Inclusive Learning Service.

The library is situated on the south corridor of the hospital, near the clock tower entrance and opposite the staff dining room. Wheelchair access is by the ramp to the fire exit door. Enter at the Crewe Road South entrance and there are disabled parking spaces, in car park 3 beside the Edinburgh Cancer Centre. On leaving the car park turn right and follow the road along till you get to a roundabout, beyond the roundabout on your right hand side will be the ramp into the library. You can either phone the number given for the library below in advance or phone when you arrive and a member of staff will let you in. Maps can be sent out in advance. Assistance dogs are welcome.

Helpdesk services

  • The helpdesk has a lowered section for wheelchairs and an induction loop installed
  • Coloured acetates, a portable desk lamp and an A4 page magnifier are available to borrow
  • All library documents such as leaflets 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 Disability and Inclusive Learning 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 need such as helping with printers and photocopiers to collecting books etc

Accessible toilets

The nearest accessible toilet is located out with the library up a flight of stairs. For wheelchair access leave the library by the fire exit , turn left and re-enter then make way back along south corridor and turn to your left (signposted Medical and Community libraries).

IT services

  • There is a computer for priority use by disabled students with TextHelp Read and Write  and mindmapping software. This computer has an ergonomic mouse and a wrist support mouse mat.

Furniture and study rooms

Western General PCs and study space

There is one adjustable height desk situated close to the fire exit at the end of the row of desks with PC's. There are no rooms specifically for disabled students but you may be eligible to use the accessible individual study rooms in the Main Library in George Square. To arrange this students should contact the Disability and Inclusive Learning Service (details at end of this webpage).

Fire Evacuation

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

Useful contacts

Western General Hospital University Library

The Western General Hospital University library website has information on opening hours and contact details.

Disability and Inclusive Learning Service

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

Disability and Learning Support Service

  • The University of Edinburgh

Contact details



Disability and Learning Support Service
University of Edinburgh
Health & Wellbeing Centre
7 Bristo Square

Post Code

Alternative formats

If you require this document in an alternative format please contact Viki Galt, Disability Information Officer.

Viki Galt

Head of Disability Information

  • Information Services

Contact details



Argyle House
Floor F West
3 Lady Lawson Street

Post Code

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