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Library accessibility

In addition to this page, the College has a general accessibility information page. The Cambridge Libraries' LibGuide gives information on other library accessibility around Cambridge. 

Accessibility in the library

We can offer 1:1 inductions to the library. Please let us know in advance if you would like one.

The librarians are always willing to consider anything else that you think might help you; please let us know your ideas.

Key accessibility features

  • There is level access to the library building from Garden Court and the south side of Library Court
  • You enter the building via an automatic door with card access. Entry to the Kwok Computer Room is also via an automatic door.
  • If you have trouble with gaining access then please ring the doorbell or contact the librarians (+44 (0)1223 339451) or the Porters' Lodge (+44 (0)1223 339339).
  • The checkout computers are low enough for a wheelchair user to access them comfortably.
  • There is a lift to all three floors of the library.
  • There is a handrail on both sides of the main staircase and on one side of the spiral stairs.
  • We have an accessible toilet and several non-binary toilets. The accessible toilet is on the top floor, next to the lift.
  • We have beanbags placed around the library for those who need to raise their feet.
  • We have 14 non-adjustable standing desks in the library.
  • Many of our chairs are fully adjustable chairs with wheels.
  • We have over 50 bookstands for you to use in the building.
  • We have fans and lamps dotted around the building, and several of the lamps work as SAD lamps.
  • We have two group study rooms (Garden and EDS Rooms) and one room that is designated for quiet study (Creswick Room).
  • The library is open 24/7.

Finding, borrowing and returning books

  • We can offer a click and collect service when needed.
  • We are happy to help you find books on the shelves.
  • This library follows the University’s autorenewal system, so that you only need to bring your borrowed books back to the building once a year.
  • If you have been assigned a helper from the Disability Resource Centre (DRC) then please let us know so that we can arrange for them to have a library induction and set up an account for them to borrow books on your behalf.
  • The University has published ebooks and eresources Libguides.

Accessibility collection

  • The library has a collection of coloured overlays that you can borrow.
  • We have a magnifying glass and also a page magnifying glass.
  • We supply earplugs to users in Easter term, when the library is busiest. 
  • There are two white boards in the library for group use. 
  • Please let us know if there are any library resources (such as posters or leaflets) that you would prefer to be in an alternative format.

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