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Disability and inclusion: Books

Library resources for researching disability and inclusion related topics


To find out if a specific book is in the Library you just need to check the Enterprise catalogue (search box below). This will show you where the book is located (which floor and its location number - known as the 'Call Number'). Enter the author's surname and one or two words from the title:

For example: johnston disability theatre

You can also search Enterprise for a topic, to find related books.

Finding books

Finding printed books and e-books

Search the Enterprise catalogue to find specific books or books on a topic.


Finding online book chapters

To find online book chapters on a topic search the Summon discovery service:

eBook platforms

The Library subscribes to a wide range of ebook platforms, here are just a few:


Examples of relevant e-books we hold in the Library. Many are available in print as well. If you would like to know more about making effective use of our e-books, see our guide:

Call Numbers for selected topics

Access for people with disabilities to art museums 727.7087
Access for people with disabilities to museums 727.600087
Barrier-free design (architecture) 728.087
Child psychiatry 618.9289
Children with mental disorders 618.9285 (and numbers following)
Disability (Law)    347.1132
Disabled students in higher education 371.90474
Employment 331.59
Learning/developmental disabilities 362.3
Mental health laws 347.1132
Mental illness 362.2
People with disabilities and the performing arts 792.087
People with disabilities in mass media 301.243
People with disabilities in motion pictures 791.436561
People with disabilities in the arts 704.087
Physical disabilities 362.4 (includes human rights)
Psychiatry 616.89
Special educational needs (general) 371.9   (physical disabilities = 371.91; visually impaired = 371.911; deaf and hard of hearing = 371.912; speech impairment = 371.914; mental disabilities = 371.92; learning disabilities = 371.926)
Speech impediments 616.855

Cataloguing and classifying disabilities

The Library uses the Library of Congress and the Dewey Decimal classification schemes to catalogue and classify its stock and we are bound by the rules and subject headings outlined in these. However, we acknowledge that some of the terminology used in these schemes may not always accurately reflect current cultural references.

Just as the field of disability research is evolving, library classification schemes are beginning to as well, though there is more work to be done. If you would like to know more about this topic, you might find the following recent articles of interest:

Koford, A. 2014, "How Disability Studies Scholars Interact with Subject Headings", Cataloging and Classification Quarterly, vol. 52, no. 4, pp. 388-411.

Sahadath, C. 2013, "Classifying the Margins: Using Alternative Classification Schemes to Empower Diverse and Marginalized Users", Feliciter, vol. 59, no. 3, pp. 15-17.

Adler, M., Huber, J.T., Tyler NIx, A. 2017, "Stigmatizing Disability: Library Classifications and the Marking and Marginalization of Books about People with Disabilities", The Library Quarterly, vol. 87, no.2, pp.117-135

Getting books not held at Reading

Our Inter-Library Loans service can get books not held at Reading from other libraries (usually from the British Library).

For more information see our webpages:

Videos: finding and borrowing a book

Diversify our collections

Help the Library to diversify ts collections. If there are disability related titles you would like to see in the Library collection to help support your research, please complete this form:

New books

Subject headings

The following subject headings provide links to just some of the titles held in the Library catalogue relating to these specific areas: