Creating Inclusive Library Spaces for Students with Disabilities (SWDs): Perceptions and Experiences

  • Caroline IlakoEmail author
  • Elena Maceviciute
  • Joyce Bukirwa Muwanguzi
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 12051)


Students with disabilities are enrolled in different academic programs in institutions of higher education and universities have to provide the required standards to cater for the needs of these students. One important area of focus is the library building and spaces within them. Although there are laws governing the construction of public buildings, students with disabilities may face accessibility barriers to library spaces, implying that they are not benefiting from the services and facilities. Therefore, it is imperative for academic libraries to create architectural designs and spaces that invite more students with disabilities into their buildings so as to enjoy the right of access to facilities and services. This paper takes a normative stance to the accessibility of library spaces by students with disabilities. A qualitative ethnographic study was used to investigate the perceptions and experiences of students with disabilities in physical library spaces using participant observation and in-depth interviews. The data was analyzed using thematic approach.


Inclusive spaces Access and usage Students with disabilities 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Caroline Ilako
    • 1
    Email author
  • Elena Maceviciute
    • 2
  • Joyce Bukirwa Muwanguzi
    • 1
  1. 1.Makerere UniversityKampalaUganda
  2. 2.University of BoraBorasSweden

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