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National Oceanographic Library: Accessibility at NOL

Guide to the National Oceanographic Library

Site Specific Accessibility Information

Below is accessibility information for specific libraries:

Library & Learning Commons, Avenue

Hartley Library

Health Services Library (HSL)

National Oceanographic Library (NOL)

Winchester School of Art (WSA)

NOL Library Access

Please refer to the accessibility information for the National Oceanographic Library which is provided on the DisabledGo website.


Additonal information

Visitor Parking

Parking spaces for Blue Badge holders and other visitors needs to be booked in advance. Contact the Library before your visit so that staff may reserve a parking space for you. The closest pay and display car park is within 10 - 15 minutes walking distance of the campus. Maps and directions to the National Oceanographic Centre Southampton building.

Fire and Emergency Procedures

In the event of a fire, you will hear a loud continuous alarm and should leave the building immediately via the nearest fire exit. Library staff will direct you towards the exit and you are then required to move towards the fire assembly point A which is in the car park at the north side of the building.

First Aid

The NOCS Security staff are all trained first-aiders. If you find yourself in difficulty please report to the Help Desk or one of the Library offices and a member of staff will contact a first-aider immediately. 

Hearing assistance system at the HelpDesk

There is a hearing assistance system. The type of system is a fixed loop.

Services and Resources

Retrieval of material

Any member of staff can help you retrieve material e.g. from top shelves. If you require ongoing assistance when you use the Library please get in contact with the named contact for NOL, their details are available from the Contacts Section .

Induction and tours

NOL has a named point of contact who will discuss support which can be offered to enable you to make best use of the Library. Please refer to the Contacts Section, and do not hesitate to seek assistance should you require it. Assistance is available within service hours, and an individual tour may be arranged.

Enabling Services (Dyslexia Support)

Enabling services offer support to students with dyslexia and dyspraxia at NOL. For students registered with Enabling Services, additional help can be offered within the library, ranging from locating library materials for your studies, and help with research and academic skills. Please ask your dyslexia practitioner about this service.

Assistive Technology Service (ATS)

ATS facilities at NOL are located in a quiet area at the far end of the Library. Two dedicated workstations are available. Both assistive technology workstations have scanners and large flat-screen monitors. One workstation is on a height-adjustable table. A printer is available.  A telephone is provided which can be use to request additional help when needed:

  • iSolutions ServiceLine for hardware or technical problems with software, ext. 25656 (internal calls), or +44 (0)23 8059 5656 (external calls).
  • Enabling Services for all other advice,  ext. 27726 (internal calls), or +44 (0)23 8059 7726 (external calls).


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