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Havering Library: Services for DDS Students

Assistive Technology Software for students

Find out more about the additional Library services for students registered with LSBU Disability & Dyslexia Support team

ClaroRead Plus icon

ClaroRead Plus

Literacy support software that can help with proofing, understanding and checking text onscreen. You can read any on-screen text out loud and enables scanned paper books and documents to be read aloud.

Available on all PCs across campus.


MindManager icon


Mind mapping package with many uses; planning assignments and projects, exam preparation, collaborative working.
Also available to download and use on your own PC or laptop. Click on image above.

Available on all PCs across campus.


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Screen-reading and magnification program for blind or partially sighted users.

Available in Assistive Technology Room 1 on level 3 East of the Perry Library.

Services For DDS Students at Havering

The library can offer you some extra services if you are registered with Disability and Dyslexia Support (DDS).

  • More time to return the books you borrow

  • Extra help in the library

  • Assistive technology

  • Photocopying and scanning

  • Books by post

  • Books put aside for you

  • Bespoke assistance eg. help finding books

You can borrow and renew most books and other items for three weeks instead of two. 

We can give you an ID card for a helper to come into the library with you. If you'd like to request this then please complete and return this Library Card application form with your details and those of the person you'd like to be given an ID card.

We'll send a letter of permission out to the person you've nominated to help you. They should then bring this in with some personal ID and we will make up an ID card for them which will give them access to the Library. We'll need to take their photo to do this.

You can also arrange for someone to pick up and return items for you. They will need to bring your ID card, proof of their own identity, and a letter from you saying that they have permission to use your card.


We can copy journal articles or sections from books for you. You can pick up the copies at the library or we can send them to you by post or email. To request your copies please use our photocopying and scanning request form

Please note you will also need to email us at stating that you are a Havering student and have just submitted a request, so that we can ensure they are sent to Havering Library.


If a book or other item is available to be borrowed in the library then we can send it to you by post. There is a charge for each item we send. To request a book or other item please use our postal loan request form


We can fetch books and other items from our shelves and have them put aside for you to collect at Havering Campus Library. We will keep them for up to a week. To request books to be kept for you please use our put aside request form.

Please note you will also need to email us at stating that you are a Havering student and have just submitted a request, so that we can ensure they are sent to Havering Library.

We would like to assist you in any way we can.,

 020 7815 5982 

Or in person at our help desk in Havering Campus Library.

Additional DDS Support from the Library

We are happy to offer one to one help

  • using the Library catalogue
  • checking the shelves for books and journals
  • help with using computers and photocopying
  • help with using Assistive Technology like Mindjet MindManager and ClaroRead Plus
  • Other specific tasks on an individual basis
  • A DDS specific library induction/orientation

Speak to Natalie or Rebecca or any other member of staff at the library help desk.

 020 7815 5982

 Just drop in or book a session

DDS and Mental Health & Wellbeing

9.30am – 10.30am – advisor(s) present in G48 to answer quick queries and for students to drop-in to book an appointment for later that day or for another day.  This time will not be used to see students for an initial appointment.

12pm – 2pm bookable one-to-one appointments (around 30 mins) – you can book these appointments either that morning during the drop-in times, or the week before during the drop-in times.

If you come by between 12pm and 2pm and we have an available appointment, we can of course see you at this time.

Please note: Students can book in a telephone or face-to-face appointment (at Southwark) with any advisor from either team on any other day of the week. 

Online: Disability & Dyslexia Support

Online: Student Mental Health and Wellbeing

  020 7815 6454

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Screening for Specific Learning Differences

Disability and Dyslexia Service offer free, confidential screenings throughout the year.

The booklet above, produced by DDS, shows you the step by step guide to the screening process.

LADS Dyslexia Test

For students who have been asked to take this test by Disability & Dyslexia Support (DDS)

LADS Dyslexia Test icon

You can find a copy of the help sheet here:

Perry Library

250 Southwark Bridge Road

London, SE1 6NJ

020 7815 6607

Student IT Support

1 West Helpdesk

Perry Library, Southwark Campus

020 7815 6678

Digital Skills Centre

The LSBU Business School,

 Borough Road, Southwark Campus

020 7815 6610

Havering Library

Goldcrest Way, Harold Wood

London, RM3 0BE

020 7815 5982