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Disability Support2018-09-22T11:45:40+00:00

Disability Support

The Library Information Resource Centre is committed to making our services and facilities accessible to all our users.

IT Tralee Library Information Resource Centre is committed to providing equal and equitable access to high-quality services and facilities for all users.  The library offers a range of services and assistive technologies for users with disabilities or learning differences.

Library tours and orientation are offered to all new students at the beginning of the year. If you have any  needs that we should be aware of please let us know in advance and we will do our best to accommodate you.  Alternatively, if you would prefer a personal orientation your Subject Librarian will be happy to meet with you for a one-on-one introduction to the library and a confidential discussion about how the library can best support you.
If it is difficult for you to search the library catalogue, staff will be happy to help you. Please ask  at the Information Desk or click here to message us.
If it is difficult for you to find, reach or carry items from the library shelves, we will be happy to do this for you.  Please ask staff at the Information Desk.  Alternatively, we offer a Fetching Service (see below for details).
If you are registered with the Access Office we can check availability and fetch items from the shelves for you or your support worker to collect later.

As we may need to spend quite a bit of time helping you, we do ask that wherever possible you give us 24 hours notice.

Click here to make a request.

If you have difficulty viewing the library’s print resources, we may be able to acquire alternative formats for you.  Requests should be made through the Access Office or the Office for Students with Learning Difference.

There is an audio induction loop (AFILS) at the Information Desk.  You will need to turn your hearing aid to the T position to use it.

We recommend that all users familiarise themselves with the locations of the various fire exits in the library.

In the event of a fire or other emergency requiring evacuation:

  • The fire alarm will sound throughout the library
  • Library staff will sweep all floors and rooms in the library buildings
  • Do not try to use the lift
  • Leave from nearest fire exit
  • If you cannot use the stairs you should make your way to the nearest Safe Refuge Area.  There are telephones in these areas so that you can alert security that you are waiting there.

If you have any concerns about what to do in an emergency we recommend that you contact xx the to discuss preparing a Personal Emergency Evacuation Plan (PEEP).

For more information please see IT Tralee’s Emergency Evacuation Guidance for Persons with Disablities.

Our Assistive Technologies (AT) room has three student networked PCs on electrically height-adjustable tables/desks. There is also a table-top magnifier on a fourth, manually height-adjustable table. The AT room can be booked at the Information Desk.

For more information, including a list of specialists equipment and software available see our Assistive Technology support page.

The Library buildings are wireless-enabled, and you are welcome to bring in your own laptop with your software.  There are laptop charging points on all floors of the North Campus library and in the South Campus Reading room.

There is an adjustable height study table on the top floor of the Library Information Resource Centre.

If you are registered with the Access Office  or the Office for Students with Learning Difference and have a support worker you can arrange for them to borrow from the library on your behalf.
There is a lift to the first and second floors of the Library Information Resource Centre.
The following equipment is available to borrow on request from staff at the Information Desk.

Evoluent Mouse III

Designed to prevent twisting of your forearm, the Evoluent Mouse III supports your hand in a relaxed handshake position. Available in right-handed and left-handed versions.

Roller II Trackball

The Roller II Trackball is easy to operate with your finger-tips. It features three buttons, which are guarded with a removable finger guard which helps locate the correct switch, support the hand and avoid pressing wrong keys. A useful latching “drag-switch” is also fitted.

Traxsys Roller Joystick Plus

The Traxsys Roller Plus joystick is one of the most adaptable mouse substitutes on the market. It has six buttons that support left land right click, double click, drag lock, horizontal and vertical lock and cursor speed control. A flashing light indicates the drag button has been activated.

Items are limited to use in the Library Information Resource Centre.

Valerie Moore
066 7191682
Siobhan MacGarry
066 7191678
Tony Murphy
066 714 4172

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