Readers with Disabilities


The main entrance to the building is in St John Street. Registered readers can use the accessible swipe point to open the front doors. Non-registered readers can use the intercom to gain access and for assistance.

Readers with mobility problems can be given access to the Library through the swing gate exit to facilitate entry.

All floors in the Library are accessible by lift but if readers are unable to evacuate by the stairs, they should discuss an evacuation plan with the Library staff before accessing these floors. The lift buttons are brailled and in large print. If out of order, disabled readers are permitted to use the staff lift. The lift will stop working in case of a fire alarm. Readers with mobility problems that may need help during a building evacuation can choose to stay on the ground floor for the duration of their visit and have a desk reserved for them. Please let desk staff know in advance of your visit to guarantee a desk reservation. Desk staff can fetch books from other floors or from higher shelves.

All readers are reminded that after 16h30 the lift service company can take up to 4 hours to attend a breakdown. Please bear this in mind when choosing to use the lift after 16h30. Disabled toilets are located in the ground floor lobby and on the second floor of the Library.

Water fountains are located in the ground floor lift lobby and in the toilet corridor on the second floor of the Library.

Extended Loans

Readers with disabilities may request extended loans. Please write to Jane Bruder, Reader Services Supervisor, to discuss your requirements.

Accessibility Equipment

Fixed induction loop (porters' lodge)
Electric height adjustable desks x 2
Ergonomic chairs x 2 and several height adjustable chairs
Daylight lamp and dimmable task light
Acetate sheets
Coloured paper for printing
Bookable study carrel & Walk-in study carrel


For enquiries concerning supporting equipment and materials, please contact Library staff.

Accessible Resources Unit (ARACU)

ARACU creates alternative formats for disabled students who can't access printed materials. They can provide material in electronic format, audio DAISY CD, Braille and also tactile diagrams.

ARACU also has a variety of assistive technology, both hardware and software available for lending to students.

Contact details

ARACU manager and the Bodleian Libraries' Disability Librarian: Teresa Pedroso

Administrator: Sally Jordan

Osney One Building
Osney Mead
Tel: +44 (0)1865 (2)83862

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