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Cambridge University Library West Road Cambridge CB3 9DR UK

The Library drive opens off West Road about halfway along on the right, travelling from Queen’s Road away from the city centre and towards Grange Road.


There is a car park for readers in front of the Library and another smaller car park on the left as you drive into the main car park. There are four dedicated parking spaces for disabled readers directly opposite the front entrance of the Library, and a further two dedicated spaces in the smaller car park. 

Lift to main building

A wheelchair lift is located in the small building to the left of the front steps. If for any reason the lift is not working or if you would like assistance please call the number for the Reader Services Desk which is posted next to the lift.

The lift gives access to the platform at the top of the steps.

A push-button door to the left of the revolving door admits to the Entrance Hall. 

Access to the First Floor and beyond

From here staff at the Reader Services Desk can provide access via the tower lift (approximate internal dimensions 110 cm. long, 105 cm. wide; doorway 70 cm. wide) to the first floor where many of the Library’s facilities are located, including the main Reading Room, the Tea Room, the Assistive Technologies and three toilets for disabled readers.

On departure there is a push-button bell on the first-floor gallery above the Entrance Hall, which summons staff to open the tower lift.

Please note that for security reasons, we usually ask library users to deposit any bags, rucksacks or tote bags in the locker room before accessing the First Floor. The locker room is to the left of the Entrance Hall as you come in. The room is accessed via a flight of six steps, and there is no step-free alternative access. If you cannot access the locker room and need to bring a bag into the library please ask at the Reader Services Desk for a tag for your bag.

Alternative Access

Alternative access via the staff entrance at the south (West Road) end of the building is available ONLY 09.00-17.30 Monday to Friday.

A shallow ramp leads up to wide double doors. A porter is on duty at this entrance whenever it is open.

Just inside is a large lift giving access to the first to fourth floors.

Milstein Exhibition Centre

Click here for information about accessing our public Exhibition Centre.

Contact us

Tel: +44 (0) 1223 333030

AccessAble Cambridge University Library access guide

Detailed access guides for the UL, the Moore Library and most faculty and departmental libraries are available via the University of Cambridge AccessAble site.