The Sainsbury Library for disabled readers


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.

Assistive animals are welcome in the library.

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 (+44 (0) 1865 288800, if you require parking.

The library desk is fitted with a hearing loop. The library has wide aisles and open spaces. If you have difficulty finding your way or getting books from top shelves, 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 Saïd Business School and the library.

Support and services

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.

We offer a library membership which will allow you to borrow more books for longer periods of time. This must be requested through the University's Disability Advisory Service. You can also register a ‘proxy borrower’ for your library membership so that a colleague or support worker may reserve, renew or collect items for you.

The library can provide:

  • coloured paper for printing and photocopying  
  • coloured acetate sheets for reducing the contrast of printed material  
  • an easy-view hands-free magnifier  
  • a laptop/book rest

Two height-adjustable sit/stand desk and ergonomic chairs are available on the second floor.

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.