PTFL for disabled readers

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Accessibility

The library is in the Radcliffe Humanities building (formerly the Radcliffe Infirmary). If you would like to discuss access to the building and any assistance the library is able offer you, please contact the Librarian, Dr Hilla Wait.

Disabled visitors may use car parking spaces at the front of Mathematical Institute via entrance 7 on the Woodstock Road. Visitors using cars should contact the library in before arriving on site.  

The library is on two floors and fully accessible for wheelchair users. There is a lift to the first floor. Please contact the library by email or telephone to gain access to the library via the first floor.

Readers with a Student Support Plan (SSP) should contact the Librarian before their first visit to the library to organise a Personal Emergency Evacuation Plan (PEEP).

You can find more detailed access information about the library on the University Access Guide.

Services and support

To discuss any assistance this library is able offer you, please contact the Librarian, Dr. Hilla Wait.

If you are a student who has disclosed a disability to the Disability Advisory Service that affects your reading ability, you can apply for additional loan allowances by registering as a privileged reader, including loan periods of a term rather than one week. Contact the library's disability liaison for details.

The Philosophy and Theology Faculties Library offers readers a variety of accessibility equipment, including reading aids and furniture, to support effective study:

  • height-adjustable desks on the ground floor and two on the first floor  
  • a standing-height table
  • a foot rest
  • ergonomic chairs
  • daylight lamps on the first floor and in the computer room
  • book rests
  • laptop stands
  • reading rulers
  • ear plugs
  • magnifying glasses
  • coloured acetate overlays and coloured printing paper 

Some of this equipment is readily available in the reading rooms, other items are available via library Reception. Ask staff for details.

Find out more about the services and support for disabled readers offered by the Bodleian Libraries.