Nizami Ganjavi Library for disabled readers

A long blue table surrounded by bookshelves

You no longer need to book a time slot to use our libraries. Find out more about staying safe in our spaces and other service updates.

The Nizami Ganjavi Library will be closed from 12 July – 1 October 2021 (inclusive) for essential building work. Registered readers can request borrowable material to the Sackler Library (St John Street) via SOLO when logged into their account. Non-borrowable NGL items can be requested to the Sackler for consultation by emailing LibraryScan requests should be placed in the usual way.


The main entrance to the Oriental Institute is on Pusey Lane, opposite the Sackler Library at the south end of St John Street. There are steps leading up to the front door.

The library is fully wheelchair-accessible via a ramp on the right-hand side of the building which leads down to the basement-level entrance. Readers can have their cards configured to open these doors. Otherwise, please ring in advance or press the bell at the bottom of main entrance steps. From the basement, a lift provides full access to all parts of the building including the library.  

A disabled toilet is located on the first floor of the Faculty of Oriental Studies, near Seminar Room 116.

In the event of an emergency, there is an evacuation chair on the second floor. Staff members are trained in its use.

Car parking on-site is extremely limited and cannot be pre-booked. Visitors arriving by car are advised to make use of Oxford's Park & Ride facilities. Disabled visitors can contact reception in advance of arriving and arrange a parking space in one of the garages opposite the building.

For more information about access, visit the University’s Access Guide.