The Law Library provides on site facilities and equipment for students with disabilities.  Through the University's Equality and Diversity and ARACU departments, we have access to more resources, help and advice.  There is a guide available on the UAS Access pages @ but you may find what you need to know below.

General information

N.B. Due to the refurbishment to the Library, access to facilities and collections may be affected at different times.  A page which lists all the refurbishment can be found here and there are also regular updates on our blog page. However please feel free to contact us to ask about anything before your visit.

Ramps are in place.

A disabled toilet is available on the ground floor.

Library staff will facilitate access to books where appropriate. Photocopying assistance might be available through helpers organised by the Equality and Diversity Department. Please contact them with any enquiries.

Services for people with mobility problems


The Bodleian Law Library is situated in the St. Cross Building, Manor Road. The main entrance to the Law Library is at second floor level via a set of 36 steps with two terrace breaks.

Access for people with mobility difficulties

There is an alternative entrance at the side of the building for users with mobility difficulties. This entrance has both a concrete ramp and separate stepped access. Although for security reasons this door is kept locked, there is a push pad telephone to call the library staff and/or porters for assistance and access.


All parking in the St. Cross Building car park is for University car park permit holders only. Parking for Blue Badge holders who have University car park permits is available adjacent to the Library side entrance and near to the ground floor entrance to the St. Cross Building. Please contact the St. Cross Building Porters’ Lodge on 01865 (2)71481 in advance.

Getting around inside the library

An internal lift, originally designed for staff use, links all floors of the library. Library users with mobility difficulties who enter the library via the side entrance, will be able to use the lift. Readers already in the library who need to use it should ask at the Enquiry Desk.

Access to the main library collections is through staff areas and then doors which are operated manually or automatically with a push pad mechanism. Hand held devices to open the doors remotely are also available if required. Please ask library staff for details. To exit the library, please ask a member of library staff for assistance when you are ready to leave.

Services for people with visual impairments or dyslexia

The following equipment and software is available

  • A day light lamp to assist reading
  • Acetate coloured sheets for use when reading
  • Kurzweil and Zoomtext 
  • Hand held and hands free magnifiers

In addition rooms are available for using voice activated computers, tape recorders, or listening to a helper reading.  However, computers with voice activating software are not provided.

Guides to the Library

The various leaflet guides to the Library and its collection on our web site are available in Word and pdf format.  If you would prefer an alternative format (e.g. braille or audio) please contact

Services for the hard of hearing

A portable RNID Ezee loop is at the enquiry desk.
There is a RNID infrared sound system (hearing loop) in the Freshfields training and computer room. This is for people with some hearing loss.

Further information

The University of Oxford also provides help with information and advice for students with disabilities. The Law Library has some access to further equipment through the University Equal Opportunities Department. For further details, please see the Equality and Diversity Department website.

Please inform us if you feel that the library could offer more help or facilities.

The Bodleian Law Library Disability Liaison Officer is:-
Kathryn Tyne
telephone: 01865 (2)71462 (use 2 prefix if dialling from outside the University)

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