Special Assistance

Getting about

The Sainsbury Library is accessible by lift or stairs, and there are accessible toilets on every floor of the building, as well as self-opening doors activated by a special access card if required.

The front of the building can be reached either by a ramp (entrance to your right as you face the front of the building) or by wide, shallow stairs. Please contact reception (01865 288800, reception@sbs.ac.uk) if parking is required.

The Library has wide aisles and open spaces, but if you have difficulty finding your way, or getting books from top shelves or the rolling stacks, please ask a member of staff who will be happy to assist you.

The University Access Guide also has detailed information about the accessibility features of the Business School and the Library.

Facilities and Equipment

Assistive animals are welcome in the library.

The library is able to provide:

  • coloured paper for printing and photocopying
  • coloured acetate sheets for reducing the contrast of printed material
  • an easy-view hands-free magnifier
  • various kinds of book and paper supports
  • a gel wrist rest for typing

A height-adjustable sit/stand work table and ergonomic chair are available by the library self-issue machine, and the library desk is fitted with a hearing loop.


When requested through the University's Disability Advisory Service, we offer a library membership which will allow you to borrow more books for longer periods of time.

You can also register a "proxy borrower" for your library membership, this will allow a colleague or support worker to reserve, renew, or collect items for you.If you have difficulty with printed books, and need access to something that is not available electronically, please contact the Accessible Resources Acquisition and Creation Unit (ARACU) who may be able to provide alternatives such as electronic scans, audio books and Braille.

Staff Assistance

Please call on the library staff if you need help with anything at all while you are in the library  searching SOLO, using electronic resources, finding material on the shelves or any other problem.

Please contact the Circulation and Customer Services Librarian with any accessibility queries specific to the Sainsbury Library, or with any feedback about how we could make the library more accessible to you.


Circulation and Customer Services Librarian
01865 288885

University of Oxford, Disability Advisory Service

Teresa Pedroso, Disability Librarian
Accessible Resources Unit (ARACU) Bodleian Libraries
01865 283861

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