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Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in the library

The Charles Seale-Hayne Library is dedicated to being an equal, diverse and inclusive place. This includes our academic and artistic resources discussing EDI topics, but is not limited to them. We also work directly to make our spaces, equipment and services more inclusive. 

Disability Support in the Library

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The Disability Support in the Library guide details the services, equipment and support available to disabled students, staff and visitors who use the Library. This includes physical equipment like video magnifiers and adjustable desks, services like postage and scanning for those who are unable to pick up and return borrowed books in person and buddies who can help anyone anxious about using the library for the first time to learn about the space and its facilities. 

Gender Neutral Toilets

For transgender and non-binary students, using gendered public restrooms can be a source of anxiety. The University of Plymouth supports trans and non-binary staff and students in using the toilets they feel most comfortable in, and has gender neutral toilets available across campus. 

The Charles Seale-Hayne Library has two gender neutral toilets, each with sanitary bins. You can find these, along with all other buildings' gender neutral toilets, on this map

LGBT+ Breathing Spaces

As part of The University of Plymouth LGBT+ Staff Network's work to make the campus a safer place for LGBT+ staff and students, LGBT+ Breathing Spaces have been created in many university buildings. These quiet spaces allow anyone who is overwhelmed or distressed to take a mindfulness break, in an inclusive and welcoming environment.

The entire Charles Seale-Hayne Library is one of these breathing spaces. You can find it, along with the other LGBT+ Breathing Spaces across campus, on this map.

Library Accessibility

For people with disabilities that affect mobility, vision or hearing, there can be barriers to navigating public buildings. On AccessAble, an independent accessibility surveying site, you can find this detailed guide of how accessible the Charles Seale-Hayne Library is for disabled staff, students and visitors. 

It contains information about how accessible entrances, lifts, stairs, desks, walkways, signage, toilets and the reception are for people with a variety of disabilities, as well as their locations. 

Reflection Space

Room 225 on the second floor of the Charles Seale-Hayne Library is a Reflection Space. This space is intended for brief retreats from studying and offers a peaceful, distraction free environment where you can pause, relax, reflect, pray, or meditate.

The room is quiet and comfortable, with armchairs, sofas, beanbags and plants. For those looking for something to read, there are relaxing books, and for prayer, there are several Qur'ans, turbahs, abayas and prayer rugs. There is also a miniature zen garden and meditation cushions. 

Student Services

And image of the Plymouth University Student Hub in the LibraryThe Student Hub is located near the first floor entrance to the Charles Seale-Hayne Library. Here you can talk to Student Services, who can advise international studentsdisabled staff, students and applicants and students encountering mental health issues and stress

Student Services will either help you with your non-academic issue, or redirect you to a service that can. To arrange an appointment with student services or ask any questions email, or drop by the student hub during available hours. 

Tech for Learning

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Disabilities can also affect your ability to access and use digital resources the university has available, or to study effectively. The Tech for Learning guide provides a detailed list of the accessibility technology available, including text to speech and voice recognition software, grammar checking and planning tools, and software that converts resources into formats you can use. 

EDI across campus

Outside of the Library, there is more that the University is doing to make the campus a safe, equal and inclusive place for people from diverse backgrounds. By visiting the University's Equality, diversity and inclusion page, you can learn more about the support available to marginalised people, the University's equality policy and goals, upcoming events that promote the diversity of our community, and what you can do to be more inclusive of others.