Services for readers with a disability

We aim to ensure that all our users can access library facilities and services, and we are proactive in seeking to support those with disabilities. If you have a disability and would like to discuss any requirements regarding library use please contact the Senior Library Assistant, Amy Wolstenholme in the first instance.

You may find the Bodleian Libraries guide Supporting Disabled Readers a helpful source of information.

Referral (blue-striped University card holders)

Readers are encouraged to disclose their disabilities to the University's Disability Advisory Service, in order to make full use of library and study support available. The Disability Advisory Service liaises with the Student Support Officer at the Department for Continuing Education, who in turn will inform Library staff (where appropriate) of your requirements.

If you are not a University member, but hold membership at the Continuing Education Library, please contact Amy Wolstenholme directly to discuss your requirements.

Entrance to the Department and to the Library

The library is located on the ground floor of Rewley House. There is an access ramp available at the front of the building and lift access to the lower floor of the library. The lift is located within Rewley House, adjacent to Reception. Library staff are available to assist.

Library Facilities and Equipment

The following equipment is available in the library, please ask library staff.

  • Hearing loop
  • Desk lamps, including a daylight adjustable desk lamp recommended by the RNIB
  • Magnifiers (suspended hands-free)
  • Coloured acetate overlays and coloured paper
  • Headphones

Library Services

Borrowing Privileges

Readers with disabilities may be registered as privileged members. This membership provides extended loan periods i.e. standard loans for 28 days. It also increases borrowing allowance to 10 items at a time.

Proxy Borrowing

Readers can request proxy borrowing on their accounts. This allows a nominated person to collect and return items on behalf of the reader.All items borrowed in this way remain the responsibility of the reader.

Renewals and Reservations

The library offers (to all readers) renewals and reservations by telephone, email or online via SOLO. Renewals are unlimited, unless an item has been reserved by another reader.

Alternative Formats

As alternatives to traditional printed media, Oxford University subscribes to electronic book and journal services. These can be accessed via the Library catalogue SOLO. Library staff are happy to assist.

The Accessible Resources Acquisition and Creation Unit (ARACU) can provide material in alternative formats such as DAISY audio, electronic text (both Word and PDF image), braille and tactile diagrams.


Bodleian Libraries  self-help ebooks (Single Sign-On authentication required)

Following student feedback, the Bodleian Libraries Disability Subcommittee recommended the creation of a collection of self-help books to support students who may experience difficulties during their time in Oxford. As a result, the Bodleian Libraries worked in collaboration with the Counselling Service and College Libraries to acquire a selection of titles related to mental health and wellbeing.

The titles are available as ebooks and University members can access them remotely by clicking on the link in the title of each book. Single Sign-On (e.g. abcd1234) will be required for authentication. If you require any additional information, please contact the Bodleian Libraries Disability Librarian





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