Disabled Access

University of Oxford Access Guide

To find out about access to buildings across the University, please visit the Access Guide (opens in new window). The Guide includes further information about access to the Taylor (opens in new window). 

Access to the Taylor Institution Library (St Giles')

The main entrance to the Taylorian is off St Giles' up four steps. Street level access to the Issue Desk, Lecture Hall, accessible lavatory and passenger lift is from the secondary St Giles’ entrance to the building. This door is not normally open, but the premises staff can be reached by telephone on (2)78142 or (2)78143. It is also intended that an intercom connecting to the premises staff lodge will be fitted by the main entrance during summer 2013.

The Faculty Teaching Rooms are mainly on the ground floor, which is on two different levels connected by an internal staircase (10 steps).

To reach the ground floor (Teaching Rooms 2 and 3 and the Voltaire Room) from street level, avoiding steps, there is a permanent ramp on the Ashmolean forecourt which is accessed from Beaumont Street. A temporary ramp is available for the two steps connecting the forecourt and the south door to the Taylorian. Please note, however, that this door is not normally open, but the premises staff can be reached by telephone on (2)78142 or (2)78143.

The Library is divided into two sections (the Teaching Collection and the Research Collection), and is spread over five floors, with the Issue Desk in the Teaching Collection on the ground floor of the 1930s Hughes extension and the Research Enquiry Desk on the first floor of the original Cockerell building. There are two main staircases and several subsidiary ones connecting the different Library levels.

There is a passenger lift in the building.

Lavatories are in the basement, with one accessible lavatory on the ground floor, near the Lecture Hall.

The library is on five floors with passenger lift access to parts of four of these. Staff will take books, on request, to the ground-floor reading room (Voltaire Room) for readers with restricted mobility.

The Voltaire Room has an adjustable “action system” chair, and a daylight lamp for readers with impaired vision.

Access to the Taylor Bodleian Slavonic & Modern Greek Library (47 Wellington Square)

The front entrance is situated on the St John Street side of the building. There are three steps up to the door, and a smaller lip. A valid University (or Bodleian) card is needed to register with the Library; once registered, readers may enter during opening hours by swiping their cards. New arrivals may use the intercom at the front door to gain access.

There is a lift for wheelchair users, which is accessible from the car park on the Walton Street side of the building. It is advisable to telephone the library in advance if planning to use this (01865 270464).

The library is on four floors and there is no internal passenger lift. Staff will fetch books to the ground floor for readers with restricted mobility.

The ground floor reading areas also include an adjustable “action system” chair, and a daylight lamp for readers with impaired vision.

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