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CCTV scanners are available in the Rare Books Reading Room and Assistive Technologies room, while induction hearing loops have been installed at most service points.

Most reading rooms, the Tea Room and the Assistive Technologies Room are spacious and have movable furniture.

Some corridors and gangways in the open bookstacks on the north and south fronts and wings are narrow and occupied by reading tables and chairs. There are also some tight corners. Please contact the Disability Liaison Officer in advance, or any member of staff when you are in the building, if such areas would be inaccessible and books can be fetched for collection.

Lifts:

Large lifts in the north-west and south-west corners of the building give access to the ground and first to fourth floors. Most reading rooms and the IT Training Room, the Tea Room and the Assistive Technologies Room, either open off the landings served by these lifts or can be reached from them via wide corridors.

Lifts in the north-east and south-east corners of the building and within the north and south fronts and north and south wings, which give access to the ground and first to sixth floors of the north wing, first to sixth floors of the north and south fronts and third to sixth floors of the south wing, are small (approximate internal dimensions 110 cm. long, 83 cm. wide; doorway 64 cm. wide) and have heavy doors.

Milstein Exhibition Centre and Seminar Rooms:

The Milstein Exhibition Centre has a ground floor entrance to the right of the main steps/entrance. Readers should ring the doorbell, and may have to wait briefly for staff to open the door.

The Milstein Seminar Rooms can be accessed through the Exhibition Centre, or through an internal route. Readers wishing to reach the Seminar Rooms are advised to contact staff in advance for advice on the best entrance to use.

Toilets:

Toilets for disabled readers can be found:

  • On the gallery above the Entrance Hall;
  • On the first floor on the landings in the north-west (outside the Rare Books Reading Room) and south-west corners of the building;
  • On the third floor on the landings in the north-west (outside the Manuscripts Reading Room) and south-west corners of the building;
  • And in the Milstein Exhibition Centre.

Contact us

Head of the Reference Department & Disability Liaison Officer: Colin T. Clarkson
e-mail: reference@lib.cam.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0) 1223 333016