Information Services

Physical access to libraries

Information on the physical accessibility of the University libraries.

Toilet alarm cord notice alerting users not to tie the cord up
Toilet alarm cord notice alerting users not to tie the cord up

We aim to make our library sites as physically accessible by disabled users as possible. Where we have identified access issues we are undertaking works to ensure access is being progressively improved wherever possible.

University policy

The University’s policy on physical access can be found on the Estates and Buildings website.

University policy on physical access

The University has commissioned AccessAble (previously Disabled Go) to provide  information for users  on the accessibility of all its buildings. The information recorded includes access arrangements, disabled parking and accessible toilet facilities.  The information is available via an app so you can access the information on the go. Whilst every effort has been made to ensure this Information is regularly reviewed and updated, we would encourage visitors to the building to contact the staff at individual sites to confirm your requirements. 

Further information on the accessibility of individual site libraries is detailed below

Interim arrangements

Where library sites are currently not accessible, library staff will be more than willing to arrange alternative provision such as sending books to an alternative accessible location and/or to assist you as necessary.

Individual libraries

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All our library helpdesks have induction loops installed.

For information on the access of each library please follow the link below to get specific information for each site.

Emergency building evacuation

All university buildings will have an evacuation plan for emergency situations such as fire. These plans include specific instructions on the evacuation of disabled people.

Notices are posted in the libraries advising disabled users how to evacuate the building.

If you require assistance to evacuate the building in an emergency, please contact the service desk for more information on the individual libraries procedures, and to make any special arrangements.

If you are a student who requires assistance to evacuate the building in an emergency then you should contact the Disability and  Learning Support Service in order that they can contact your School and request they create for you a Personal Escape and Evacuation Plan (PEEP). If you are a member of staff you should contact your line manager to arrange a PEEP.

Disability and Learning Support Service

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Contact details



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

Post Code

More information about fire evacuation policy and procedures can be found on the Fire Safety Unit website.


For more information please contact the Head of Disability Information.

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 me via Contact Scotland BSL, the on-line British Sign Language interpreting service. Find out more on the Contact Scotland BSL website.

Contact Scotland BSL webpage 

Request an alternative format

To request this document in an alternative format, such as large print or on coloured paper, please contact Viki Galt, the Head of Disability Information.