Information for readers with disabilities

Wheelchair access to the building

Services for readers with disabilities and health conditions

The EFL is committed to assisting readers with disabilities or health conditions (long or short-term) in any way we can. Services we can offer include:

  • General assistance: Fetching books from shelves and help in using the online catalogues/electronic resources.
  • Extended loan periods and unlimited renewals.
  • Nominated person: Library staff are happy to allow college helpers to borrow books for readers who are unable to come to the library.Given prior notice, library staff may be able to locate books and put them aside for the reader. 
  • Library leaflets: We can make large print (Arial font size 18 on pale yellow paper) copies of our information leaflets available. We are also able to have leaflets transcribed in to Braille on request. 
  • Eating and drinking: Food and drink may be consumed in the library for medical reasons. Water is available from the office. 
  • Guide Dogs: Guide dogs and hearing dogs are welcome. 
  • Hearing loop: a hearing loop system has been installed at the Issue Desk.

In addition to these services we also have the following accessibility equipment for use in the library:

  • Height-adjustable desks. We have two desks which adjust to standing height, as well as one wheelchair-height adjustable desk with computer.
  • Daylight lamp
  • Footstools
  • Book rests
  • Coloured acetate sheets
  • Reading rulers
  • Ear plugs 

Please contact our Reader Services Librarian to discuss ways in which we can help you during your time in Oxford.


Access to the library

Please ask any member of EFL staff for assistance or feel free to contact our Reader Services Librarian to discuss your specific requirements. 

An accessible entrance is available at the front of the building and access is by university card for those who have requested it. If you think you should have access to the accessible entrance please contact the St Cross building management or library staff. 


Building access guide

You can find our full building access guide at 




For more information about services for readers with disabilities across the Bodleian Libraries, consult the following webpages:

Information for readers with disabilities

Accessible Resources Unit (ARACU)

If you find material in a library you have not used before, please check that access will not be a problem for you through the Access to Libraries page, by selecting the individual library concerned from the Library Details page. 

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