Library staff work with readers who encounter barriers to accessing our materials to find suitable adjustments. We welcome suggestions about how we can enable all readers to make the most of the library.
Disabled students can contact the Bodleian Disability Librarian (email email@example.com) or the Disability Advisory Service (ox.ac.uk/students/welfare/disability) to develop a personalised student support plan (SSP), which might include:
We usually put an extended loan period in place automatically when the Disability Librarian informs us of this requirement.
Students can nominate another member of the college or a support worker to borrow books on their behalf.
Books can be delivered to students who require it, either to the Lower Floor, the Porters' Lodge, or to student rooms for those who live on site. Requests are made by email or another method agreed with the student.
All students receive a library induction when they join the college, but upon request we can provide an individual induction (including step-free, or using a hearing loop).
Get in touch if you have any questions about our facilities.
The library catalogue is available online at solo.bodleian.ox.ac.uk, allowing readers who face barriers to visit the library to choose materials for proxy borrowing or delivery.
There are parking spaces on the college site; these must be booked in advance through the permit system.
A stair lift is available to the Middle Floor/Main Entrance, which is accessed through a powered door. Any users who wish to use this lift can be supplied with a key, or else Library staff can facilitate access on an individual basis.
Step-free access to the Lower Floor is available via a powered door. Desks can be reserved for users upon request, including height-adjustable desks.
The Upper Floor is inaccessible to wheelchair users and those unable to use the stairs. Staff are happy to fetch resources or to set up proxy borrowing - let us know how you would prefer us to offer access.
Some shelves require a stool or are located on rolling shelving
Assistance animals are always admitted with readers.
There are no toilets within the library, but toilets are available in an adjacent building where there are several standard gendered toilets and an accessible all-gender toilet.
To use our portable hearing loop, ask a member of staff.
Height-adjustable chairs are available throughout the downstairs floor, as well as two electronic height-adjustable desks. There is also a small desk with limited manual adjustability (angle and height).
We have a range of visual, sensory and ergonomic equipment, free to use within the library (see list to the right).
Located outside the staff offices, our Study Skills shelves hold a collection of study aids as well as books covering study skills and life skills. To suggest new equipment, email Sally (firstname.lastname@example.org), speak to us in the library offices, or write on the suggestions sheet outside the main entrance.
A4 and A5 coloured overlays
Bar magnifier (2x magnification)
Noise reduction headphones
Contact library staff to discuss how we can support your access to the library:
By phone or email:
(Assistant Librarian, she/her)
Our offices are located on the middle floor of Lady Margaret Hall Library, Norham Gardens, Oxford, OX2 6QA