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.

Latest changes

Survey being completedTake the survey!

At our last online coffee morning, members expressed a serious interest in finding out what accessibility services were commonly provided in libraries, either to help them put together a business case to fund new accessibility and inclusion services or to justify keeping them.

In response, we’ve put together a short survey to find out what is being offered and where.  We’ll publish our (anonymised, collated) findings on the website and email them to you as soon as they’re ready.

Click here to take the survey.

Typewriter with sheet protruding reading "Update"

Latest news and updates

Visit our News page to find out what new resources we have discovered, how our latest coffee morning inspired a planned members survey, how you can ensure that everyone who is interested in your institutions receive all our emails directly, and what other library-related events related to Covid, accessibility and inclusion coming up.

Coffee and computerFirst virtual coffee morning universally proclaimed to be a success!

Many thanks to everyone who was able to attend our first virtual coffee morning.  It was heralded as a success by everyone attending and highlighted new ways that we could help our members, which we are taking forward.  We look to repeating the experience in future.

LaptopVirtual Spring 2021 study day

It looks certain now that it will not be safe for members to travel and meet together for the foreseeable future, an dso we are pressing ahead with our first digital study day, allowing you all to enjoy all the benefits of an away day from the comfort of your own homes for free – we are not charging anyone a subscription fee for this year.  Watch this space for updates!

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.