University of Oxford Access Guide
To find out about access to buildings across the University, please visit the Access Guide (opens in new window). The Guide includes further information about access to the Taylor (opens in new window).
Access to the Taylor Institution Library (St Giles')
The main entrance to the Taylorian is off St Giles' with ramp access for those who need it. The front doors are powered and a valid University card is needed to access the building.
The Library is divided into two sections (the Teaching Collection and the Research Collection), and is spread over five floors, with the Issue Desk in the Teaching Collection on the ground floor and the Research Enquiry Desk on the second floor. There are two main staircases and several subsidiary ones connecting the different Library levels. The first floor and the second floor are accessible by lift.
Room 2 and the Slavonic Reading Room are accessible via a platform lift located in the main entrance area, The platform lift is operated by the Premises Assistants. Please ask the lodge staff for assistance if you need to use the platform lift.
Access to the Voltaire Room may be possible for users of lightweight wheelchairs using a portable ramp operated by the Premises Assistants. Please ask a member of staff for advice and assistance if you need help to access this room.
Staff will fetch books to the ground floor for readers with mobility problems.
Lavatories are in the basement, with one accessible lavatory on the ground floor, near the Lecture Hall.