Support for disabled readers

If you have a disability or a long-term health condition, the Bodleian Libraries offer a range of services to support your study or research and help you to make the most of the libraries and our resources.

Disability Liaison Librarians in all site libraries

All Bodleian Libraries have a local Disability Liaison Librarian, who can discuss access and specific arrangements for you at that library. These are listed in the contact pages for each individual library.

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Loan allowances

You may be entitled to longer loan periods or a greater number of loan items when borrowing from Bodleian Libraries' lending collections. If you think this would be useful for you, get in touch with staff in your library or the Disability Librarian.

You must be registered with the Disability Advisory Service to benefit from this service.

Proxy borrowing

If you are unable to visit the library to borrow items due to your condition, we can arrange for you to use proxy borrowing. This means that your support worker or non-medical helper can borrow materials from your account. If you would like to arrange this, contact the Disability Librarian or the Disability Advisory Service.

You are responsible for any items that are borrowed in this way.

Renew and reserve

You can renew items up to three times. Some libraries allow disabled readers more renewals.

Renew items online via SOLO.

You can renew books by phone at the following libraries:

You can renew books by email at the following libraries:

Overdue items and fines

Fines are currently suspended for all libraries

All Bodleian Libraries that allow borrowing usually charge fines for overdue loans. Fines vary depending on the type of material that you borrow. If you have difficulty returning books on time because of your disability, please get in touch with the Disability Contact Liaison Librarian or the Reader Services Librarian in the library.

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One-to-one inductions

All students are automatically signed up for a library induction by their college or department. We can also provide one-to-one inductions for disabled students to help familiarise you with the libraries, before or during your first term.

If you would like to arrange an individual induction, contact the Disability Liaison Librarian in your library or email the Disability Librarian.

If you are a prospective Oxford University student, you can request an orientation tour. For more information, contact the Disability Librarian.

Using library materials

All Bodleian Libraries offer Print, Copy and Scan (PCAS) facilities, which allow you to make copies and scans of permitted library material. If you receive the Disabled Students' Allowance, you can print receipts from PCAS devices to redeem your costs via DSA.

You are also welcome to use personal digital cameras (including smartphones) and scanners in the libraries, subject to library rules.

If you are unable to use printed materials, our Accessible Resources Unit (ARACU) may be able to provide you with content in alternative formats.

Food and drink

You can bring bottled water into Bodleian Libraries and reading rooms (except the Weston Library). Some libraries also allow hot or cold drinks in KeepCups. Many libraries have access to common rooms and areas where you can eat and drink.

Check the facilities at our libraries.

If there are no facilities available at the library you wish to study in, speak to the library’s Disability Liaison Librarian.

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