Height-adjustable desks can be found in the Main Reading Room (manual), Periodicals Reading Room and Teaching Collection Reading Room (electronic). Ergonomic chairs are available in the Voltaire Room, Periodicals Reading Room and Teaching Collection Reading Room. The Voltaire Room also has a footstool.
Assistive equipment is available in the library. There are induction loops at the issue desk and the enquiry desk. Please ask a member of staff if you need to use them.
Please ask at the issue desk to borrow the following equipment:
- book stands
- daylight lamp
- coloured acetate sheets
- coloured paper for printing
- ear plugs
The Taylor has a DaVinci Pro CCTV/OCR magnifier, currently located in the French and German Reading Room. The device can display high-definition enlarged images which can be of benefit to readers with low vision. The device also has an Optical Character Recognition (OCR) mode which can take snapshots of written text and convert them to audio speech.
Please ask library staff for assistance if you wish to use the device. There are brief instructions near the device and a full instruction manual can be obtained from the enquiry desk. The remote control is kept at the issue desk.
We encourage members of the University to contact the Disability Advisory Service to discuss their requirements. The service will liaise with the library. Find out more about the support and services available for disabled readers from the Bodleian Libraries.
Other readers should contact the Taylor’s Operations Manager and disability coordinator, Frank Egerton, to discuss their requirements.
Readers with disabilities may be registered with the library as privileged members. This membership provides extended loan periods and increased borrowing allowances. Readers can also request proxy borrowing on their accounts. This allows a nominated person to collect and return items on behalf of the reader. All items borrowed in this way remain the responsibility of the reader.
All readers may renew by telephone, in person, or online using SOLO. Disabled readers with privileged membership may also renew and request reservations by email.