Cultural Advice

Aboriginal Peoples are advised the Library Collection contains images, voices and names of deceased people in physical and online resources.

The Library recognises the significance of the traditional cultural knowledges contained within its Collection. The Library acknowledge some materials contain language that may not reflect current attitudes, was published without consent or recognition, or, is offensive. These materials reflect the views of the authors and/or the period in which they were produced and do not represent the views of the Library.

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Diversity and Inclusion

The University Library is committed to creating an inclusive, safe, and supportive environment both online and in our physical libraries for all members of our University community.

To request support, contact Ask the Library via email, chat, or phone. You can request in-person assistance with using our collections at any metropolitan campus library or an appointment with a librarian.

Below is a range of support and services your Library provides.

Support for patrons with a disability

UniSA staff and students with a disability including all students with an Access Plan are eligible for:

  • The Off Campus Library Service (OCLS): This service provides postal or email delivery of library resources and documents if you are unable to visit our campus libraries in person.
  • Appointments: A personal appointment to discuss your access to Library resources, either online or face-to-face. Please contact Ask the Library to request an appointment.
  • Alternative formats: We can provide alternative formats for course readings and other Library material you are using for your study or research. Students should contact your Access and Inclusion Advisor if you may require format conversion.

Access parking near Library buildings

Accessible parking is available close by each metropolitan campus library. This parking can be found:

  • City East: enter from Frome Road through Gate 5, turn left at the rear of the Bonython Jubilee Building. You must have boom gate access applied to your UniSA ID card
  • City West: Wilson Parking on Clarendon Street, or limited UniSA permit parking on Register Street
  • Magill: carpark M7, enter from Campus Lane
  • Mawson Lakes: carpark ML14, follow University Boulevard past the sports centre to the rear of the Library (Building C)

Each metropolitan campus library has wheelchair-accessible lift access to every floor.

For more details about accessing each campus please use:

Spaces

Adaptive Technology Suites

These suites are available for UniSA students to use to minimise the impact of disabilities or medical conditions. Each metropolitan campus library includes specialised computer facilities for use at the following locations:

  • City East: B3-27, from the main entry walk straight until you reach the corridor. Make a left hand turn, the suite will be to your right. View map (SVG 101 kb)
  • City West: JS3-07, from the lifts make a right hand turn, keep walking past the computers, the suite will be on your left. View map (SVG 231 kb)
  • Magill: A2-15, from the main entry walk straight past the computer, once past them the suite will be on your left. View map (SVG 184 kb)
  • Mawson Lakes: C1-28, from the main entry make a right turn and walk past the computers, make a left turn, pass the lift and stairs to your left, the suite will be straight ahead. View map (SVG 73 kb)

To access these suites with your student card register with Access and Inclusion Services. Once registered, you can book an Adaptive Technology suite. If you require assistance with locating these rooms, please contact Ask the Library.

Multi-access suites

These suites provide a dignified and private space for all members of the University community, including breastfeeding parents, and people with disabilities, medical or mental health conditions. They are available for anyone in the University community to use by contacting FM Assist or registering through an Access Plan. The suites are found within each metropolitan campus library at the following locations:

  • City East: B4-10, from the lift turn left and head straight ahead, or from the stairs head towards the glass doors and turn right just before you reach them. View map (SVG 84 kb)
  • City West: JS2-22B, behind the main lifts, at the end of the corridor past the toilets. View map (SVG 240 kb)
  • Magill: B2-40, from the Library entrance, turn left, continue to the end of this wing of the Library and into the smaller lobby slightly to your right. View map (SVG 184 kb)
  • Mawson Lakes: C1-07, from the Library entrance turn immediately left and continue straight, passing the stairs on your right. View map (SVG 122 kb)

If you require assistance with locating these rooms, please contact Ask the Library. More information is available through the UniSA multi-access suites webpage.

Silent study areas in the Library

A range of silent study zones are available at each metropolitan Library for individual study. These are usually enclosed rooms and require you to set your phone to silent, use headphones with the volume turned down and to not speak. If you need to talk you must leave the room.

If you find other people are disrupting your study in the silent zone, please contact Ask the Library and we will be happy to assist you. A full list of silent study areas can be found on the Library’s Study spaces webpage, which also includes details of other quiet study zones.

Collections

As stated in the Collection Policy, the Library aims to provide:

  • Access to a collection of resources that support the University’s teaching, learning and research.
  • Resources which are high quality, discoverable, accessible, and usable.
  • Accessible versions of content to meet the needs of students or staff with a disability, through timely acquisition of or conversion to accessible formats.

The Library encourages staff and students of the University to recommend resources, including resources which are accessible or which promote inclusivity of our collections.

Aboriginal resources in the collection

The Library Collection contains various resources relating to Aboriginal and other First Nations people, cultures and knowledge. You can find some examples of these resources in our guides for Aboriginal Studies and Aboriginal Content in Undergraduate Programs.

The special collections at UniSA Library which feature Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and culture are:

The Library recognises the significance of the traditional cultural knowledges contained within its Collection. The Library acknowledges some materials contain language that may not reflect current attitudes, was published without consent or recognition, or, is offensive. These materials reflect the views of the authors and/or the period in which they were produced and do not represent the views of the Library.

Staff commitment to cultural competence

The Library ensures that all staff have access to professional development to assist them to provide inclusive safe spaces and services, and are encouraged to attend relevant equity, diversity and inclusion workshops offered through People, Talent and Culture. The Library has a Diversity and Inclusion Working Group which actively seeks to improve support and services for all our patrons, including by consultation with students, staff and other key UniSA units. In addition, many staff members have volunteered to provide support as part of the UniSA Ally Network and National Reconciliation Week Working Group.

Use of pronouns at the Library

The Library invites all members of the UniSA community to share the pronouns they wish to be known by as they feel comfortable, and commits to respecting those choices. Many Library staff display their pronouns on their staff homepage, via their email signature and in web conferencing.

Feedback

The Library actively seeks to identify and eliminate barriers to inclusion, so if you have any feedback regarding Library services and support please provide this via Ask the Library.