Welcome to CLAUD

Promoting accessible and inclusive libraries

Welcome to the CLAUD website.

CLAUD is a consortium of higher education libraries based in South and South-West England.  We are dedicated to promoting accessibility and inclusion in libraries.  

We bring together like-minded librarians to share ideas, tips, thinking, and best practice online and in person at our regular study days.  We curate a hub of online resources supporting our members professional development and research.  We also offer student bursaries and research funding to encourage and support ongoing interest and investigation into accessibility and inclusion in libraries.

Covid-19 response

LaptopIntroducing our first digital study day for Spring 2021

Your health and safety are of the utmost importance to us.   Since we cannot be confident that our members will be able to travel and meet together safely next Spring, we have decided to host the first CLAUD digital study day, allowing you all to enjoy all the benefits of an away day from the comfort of your own homes.

No membership charge in 2021

Since we have been unable to offer any study days in 2020 due to the ongoing coronavirus lockdown, social distancing and ongoing restrictions on people gathering together, we will not levy a membership charge in 2021.

Lego service deskSupporting you getting back to normal

The prospect of restoring limited face-to-face support in libraries later in the year will require careful planning and we are keen to help share best practice from across the sector and beyond to help with this.   You can find links to guidelines for libraries planning to re-open on our new web page, The new normal.  You can also join the conversation sharing best practice, thoughts, concerns, analyses and more on our LinkedIn group.
We hope that you understand our decisions at this difficult time but if you do have any concerns or questions please do get in touch and we look forward to contacting you again soon.  In the meantime, please take good care of yourselves.

Student bursaries

Student carrying out research in a library cafe. Student bursaries are available to any student studying accessibility and inclusion in libraries.Are you a student on a CILIP accredited degree course?  If so, you could apply for one of our student bursaries!  CLAUD is willing to give you up to £500 to fund any dissertation looking into accessibility and inclusion in libraries.

If we fund your project, not only will you get money to fund travel and research expenses but but you will get to present your findings to potential future employers!  

Find out more and apply.