Services for readers with disabilities


The Bodleian Libraries are committed to providing equal access to their services and facilities for all users.

Level access to the Central Bodleian site (Old Bodleian Library, Radcliffe Camera and Gladstone Link) is via the Old Library. 

Detailed information on access to individual readings rooms and libraries can be found at History Faculty Library collections are located in the Radcliffe Camera and Gladstone Link reading rooms.

Wheelchair users should contact the library ( about access arrangements prior to their first visit, and it is necessary to have a tailored induction, lasting about an hour, before beginning to use the library.

Height adjustable tables are available as follows:
4 in the Upper Reading Room, Old Bodleian
2 in the Lower Reading Room, Old Bodleian
4 in the Gladstone Link 
3 in the Lower Radcliffe Camera

Accessible toilets

There two sets of accessible toilets available:

  • immediately to your right as you enter the Old Bodleian Library via the level access point.
  • in Upper Gladstone Link, Radcliffe Camera side.

Assistance animals, such as guide dogs and hearings dogs, are always allowed in to the Bodleian Libraries.


Tailored inductions

Tailored one to one user education and induction sessions can be arranged if needed. Please contact Rachel D'Arcy-Brown to discuss your requirements or phone 01865 (2)77264.


University members with disabilities can be registered as HFL privileged readers. This membership provides extended loans in term (28 days) on all HFL lending books except for high use, short loan items (2 days), and up to 15 books can be borrowed.
Over vacations books are issued for the whole period of the holiday and the loan limit increased, up to 20 books over Christmas and Easter, and up to 30 books over the Long Vacation.

Proxy borrowing

Readers can request proxy borrowing on their account by a support workers or designated helper. In the first instance contact to arrange this. All items borrowed in this way remain the responsibility of the disabled reader.

Renewals and reservations

Books can be renewed twice online via the SOLO library catalogue.
Short loan books can be renewed once online via SOLO.

Disabled readers with privileged membership are welcome to request additional renewals in person, by phone 01865 (2)77262, or by email

Books that are currently out on loan can be reserved online via SOLO.

For more information about using SOLO, including video, audio and text guides, please visit

General assistance

Staff are always happy to help get books from high shelves, or from less accessible areas in the library, and it is possible to contact us by phone 01865 (2)77262 or by email with a list of the books you need and ask staff to put them aside for collection by yourself or your support worker. Please bear in mind that at busy times there may be a delay before we are able to fulfill your request.

For more detailed information about the Bodleian History Faculty Library, its collections, services, and layout, see the HFL LibGuide Information for Disabled Readers

Contact information

HFL Disability Contact
Rachel D'Arcy-Brown
01865 (2)77264

Radcliffe Camera and Gladstone Link Disability Contact
Lyn Jones
01865 (2)77262

Bodleian Libraries Disability Librarian
Teresa Pedroso
01865 (2)838961

Wheelchair access to the Central Bodleian site




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