I have a support worker - how can they help me in the library?

We are aware your personal support arrangements may vary. If you are employing them through an outside agency they should have an ID card or a red visitor’s card with them to enter the library. If they do not have this, or you have other support arrangements, they will need to produce another piece of ID and sign in. To make things simpler if you have a regular support worker we recommend that they apply for and obtain an External Readers Reference card for the library. This allows them independent access to the library without you being present. This means that they will be able to access the scanners and copier, and can return books on your behalf via the self-service terminals. They will not need your student/staff card and can obtain a receipt.

If you wish them to borrow or collect on your behalf, they will need:-

If this is to be a regular occurrence or longstanding arrangement you can ask for a note to be added to your library record which will mean you will not have to provide written confirmation every time.

There are bookable Group study rooms if you wish to meet with your support worker / note taker to study in private.  Bookings can be made online but are subject to limited availability. There are different zones across the library for silent and group study. Three of the accessible workstations are on the ground floor in the group study zone and one is on the first floor. If you struggle to find an appropriate area please contact Annushka.Donin@port.ac.uk.