The Library building is accessible. The Library has two floors with a lift giving access between them. The Library counter is at a good height for wheelchair users. There is a disabled toilet on each floor of the Library.
Disabled parking is available close to the Library. There are dedicated disabled parking bays on campus. If these are full, disabled drivers may park in any available space. Blue badges or your parking permit should be displayed in the window when using the car park.
Assistive animals, such as guide dogs for the blind and hearing dogs for the deaf, will always be admitted with users.
The book stock will only be partially accessible to users in wheelchairs because of the height of the book shelves. Please ask if you need assistance. We also offer a book retrieval service.
You can access the upstairs rooms above the Conference Centre (F101/F102) through the Library. Please ask at the Library counter for assistance. If you have regular tutorials or meetings in this area, contact us to discuss a more permanent arrangement.
Study Spaces and Equipment
There are a variety of study spaces around the Library that aim to meet the needs of all users, including silent study, large and small tables for group work, sofa seating and an adjustable height desk.
A low level photocopier, which can be used from a sitting position, is available in the printer corral on the ground floor.
Varieties of magnifiers, colour filters and book supports are also available for you to use, on request.
We ask all of our users to make sure that they know where fire exits are in the buildings they use. Please ask if you are unsure or if you have a specific need that may make it difficult for you to use some fire exits.
For individuals with mobility issues, there is a fire refuge area on the first floor near the lift - follow the green exit signs. This can be used in case of emergency. A member of staff will escort you to this area if there is a fire alarm. The doors to this area are fire resistant and once you are there the safety coordinator will be notified. If it would help you to feel safer when using the Library you may want to sit close to a fire door or on the ground floor.
Library staff will ensure that all users leave the building if the fire alarm goes off. If you would feel safer, when you arrive please let library staff know where you will be working so that we can make sure you are out of the building or in the fire refuge in the event of a fire.
If you would like more information on emergency procedures, contact Charlotte Wilmot, the Deputy Librarian.