Disability support

Contact our AccessAbility librarians if you need assistance to access Library services, resources or facilities.

We can help you with:

  • retrieving items from shelves
  • extended loan periods or computer access time
  • photocopying
  • building and lift access
  • searching library information resources
  • room bookings
  • booking adaptive equipment, including voice recorders and smart pens.


AccessAbility librarians    
Sue Foster sfoster@swinburne.edu.au +61 3 9214 5197
Leanne Meere lmeere@swinburne.edu.au +61 3 9214 3486

Students who are registered with AccessAbility Services can borrow adaptive equipment from all campus libraries. Equipment includes ergonomic and large print keyboards, whale mice, trackballs, digital voice recorders, Pearl camera, Intellipens, ipads and laptops.

Students who are registered with AccessAbility Services can also use the following specialist equipment in the Adaptive Technology Room on Level 3 Hawthorn Library:

  • Pearl Camera (CCTV) – magnifies printed text and other visual images to a digital screen.
  • Dragon Naturally Speaking TM Voice recognition software. This software allows the user to operate a Windows computer using voice commands, and to dictate text into Windows applications.
  • JAWS – screen-reading software.
  • 'MAGic' screen magnification – enlarges screen text.
  • 'Read and Write Gold' (also available on the application catalogue as ReadWrite). Helps with additional language or literacy needs, such as those with ESL or dyslexia, by providing extra support with reading and writing.
  • Height-adjustable desk and ergonomic chair
  • Surge protected powerboards with long cords and a big numbers clock
  • Computer with printer, scanner, speakers, adjustable large screen monitor and adaptive software

Equipment bookings or Adaptive Technology Room bookings can be made in person at the Equipment Library & studentHQ of the Hawthorn Library, by phone 1300 794 628 or email library@swinburne.edu.au. Room bookings can be made for up to 3 hours, and equipment bookings for up to 4 hours.

If you have a disability, or primary carer responsibilities and are interested in finding out more about support services at Swinburne, please contact AccessAbility Services.