Sackler Library for disabled readers

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The main entrance to the building is in St John Street. There are no steps. Readers with mobility problems can be given access from the outer lobby into the library itself through the swing gate exit to facilitate entry. You can also choose to remain on floor G for the duration of your visit and have a desk reserved for you. Please contact desk staff ( in advance of your visit.

All floors, except for the Haverfield Room, are accessible by lift. If you require lift use, please contact the library ahead of your visit.

Disabled toilets are off the outer lobby (floor G) and on floor 2. 

For more detailed accessibility information, visit the University Access Guide.


Readers who are unable to evacuate by stairs should discuss an evacuation plan with the library staff before accessing these floors. If out of order, disabled readers may use the staff lift. The lift will stop working in case of a fire alarm. The lift is equipped with an emergency call button, which can be used in the event of a lift failure to summon assistance. After 4.30pm the lift service company can take up to 4 hours to attend a breakdown. Readers should bear this in mind when choosing to use the lift after this time.

Services and support

Desk staff can fetch books from other floors or from higher shelves.

There is a bookable study-carrel on floor 2 and a walk-in study carrel on floor 3.  

Ergonomic chairs and height-adjustable desks are available on the ground floor and in the floor 3 study carrel.

Assistive equipment is available from the help desk:

  • foot stool
  • screen riser
  • daylight lamp
  • dimmable task lamp
  • book stands
  • magnifier
  • coloured acetate sheets and reading rulers
  • coloured printing paper
  • earplugs

For enquiries about supporting equipment and materials, please contact library staff in person or by email.