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

Coffee and computerSave the date! 

The next CLAUD virtual coffee morning will be from 10- 11.30 am on Friday 18 June.  We’ll share the Zoom link with you closer to the time.

This meeting’s themes will be:

  • Winds of Change – How we are changing the ways we offer accessibility support following innovations developed during lockdown;
  • I wish I’d known that! – Ideas and advice for colleagues new to an accessibility and inlcusion role.
  • CLAUD AGM – we have to hold one every year, so we’ve tagged it onto the end of this virtual coffee morning.  If you want to join the Committee, now’s your chance.

If you know you want to reserve a 3 minute window in advance to speak on the day, please let us know!

Bring your own coffee and we look forward to seeing you there!

SurveySurvey results are in!

Following interest expressed at our last online coffee morning in finding out what accessibility services were commonly provided in libraries to help members put together a business case to benchmark what is being offered across the sector, we are pleased to publish the results of a survey responded to by 27 members summarising what is being offered across the consortium.


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.

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.