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This page outlines access to the Milstein Exhibition Centre, and the Milstein Seminar Room which is Cambridge University Library’s primary events space. Access to the seminar room is through the exhibition centre. Both can be accessed either internally through the library's main entrance or via a step-free side entrance.

General car parking and accessible parking spaces are available at the front of the library, via West Road.

Our current exhibition, Murder by the Book, starts in the Milstein Exhibition Centre and finishes within the main library North & South Galleries (first floor). Step-free access to move from the Milstein Exhibition Centre to the North & South Galleries requires you to exit the exhibition centre the way you came in (see below) and to use our external lift (self operated) to enter the main Entrance Hall, from where there is another lift (staff operated) to the first floor. For information about accessing the main library, please click here.

Internal access through the library

The Milstein Exhibition Centre is to the right-hand side of the circular desk in the Entrance Hall. A power-assisted doorway into the Entrance Hall is available and is 94cm wide. There are then a pair of heavy fire doors at the top of the stairs that lead down to the Exhibition Centre, opened with a pull handle and six steps down, with a handrail on both sides. Each side of the double door gives a 69cm wide opening.

      Pair of heavy fire doors          









Due to the conservation-controlled environment the light levels in this room are low. Please speak to a member of staff if you require assistance.

Available for each exhibition are: large print guides, magnifying sheets and fold-out stools. These are located in the exhibition centre or at the front desk. There is one bench located at the end of the exhibition centre.

The Milstein Seminar Room is located at the far end of the Milstein Exhibition Centre, approximately a 25 metre walk from the bottom of the stairs to the entrance to the seminar room. To exit the process is the same in reverse.

External step-free access

For step-free access to both the Milstein Exhibition Centre and the Milstein Seminar Rooms there is a ground floor entrance to the right of the library’s main steps and entrance. There is not a canopy or recess which provides weather protection at this entrance. This is sign-posted by a double-sided board on the grass outside the library. 

 Photo of University library showing external ground floor entrance to Milstein Exhibition Centre

To the righthand side of the door there is a touch-screen intercom system which will present with a welcome screen when approached. The intercom box is at height of 40cm from the bottom of the box to the floor.

Touching the screen will produce a menu to call either the ‘Main Desk’ or the ‘Exhibition Office’. Click on the ‘Main Desk’ button to call a member of the entrance hall staff who will be able to talk to you through the intercom and camera; they will operate the door remotely and it will open automatically inwards. If you would like assistance from a member of staff, please indicate at this stage so that they can come to meet you.

The door is single, with a width of 90cm. An additional 35cm can be achieved by manually opening the side flap. There is a very slight slope up to the door.

Ground-floor external entrance to Exhibition Centre with touch-screen intercom system  Touch-screen intercom system showing welcome screen  Intercom system menu screen with options to call Main Desk or Exhibition Office

After the automatic door there is a short, carpeted corridor followed by a manual door that pulls inwards using a handle. This door is approximately 83cm wide. This door opens into the Milstein Exhibition Centre, from which the Milstein Seminar Room is roughly 15 metres walk away. There is also an accessible toilet in the corridor which includes baby changing facilities.

Manual door with pull towards handle to enter Exhibition Centre from internal corridor Door to accessible toilet

The exit is back through the same corridor and out of the same door, which is also the designated fire exit for the exhibition centre. There is a button to press on the column in the corridor, at 84cm from the floor which automatically opens the door.

Corridor photo, facing exit, showing column with touchpad to open external door Close-up of button to open power-assisted door with Press to open label

Milstein Seminar Room

The Milstein Seminar Room is a multi-functional space used for public events as well as staff and student activities.

Open door in partition between Milstein Seminar Room and Exhibition Centre View of Milstein Seminar Room

Access is through a door located in a partition that separates the exhibition centre to the seminar rooms. This door is 80cm wide and there is no lip. Wider mobility equipment may be able to be accommodated as the partition can be opened. Please contact us before attending an event to check if this is possible. 

The majority of events held in the seminar rooms can accommodate wheelchair users. For events where the audio-visual system is used (which is for all our talks and conversation-style events), there is a Hearing Loop.

Staff will always be available at events to help in any way they can. However, setup for each event hosted in the seminar rooms is different. We therefore suggest if you have any specific requirements to get in touch so we can best advise how we can support and accommodate your visit.

Online and hybrid events

The majority of our online and hybrid events are hosted using Zoom (either Meetings or Webinars). For these events, Zoom's automated captions (also known as live transcription) feature can provide automatic captioning. 

Contact us

For queries relating to the Milstein Exhibition Centre, email

For queries relating to events in the Milstein Seminar Rooms or online and hybrid events, email

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.