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Cambridge University Library

 

University of Cambridge, AccessAble guides

The University of Cambridge has chosen to work in collaboration with AccessAble to provide information on Accessibility and the University estate for students, staff and the general public.

Good to know

  • Induction hearing loops have been installed at most service points
  • Most reading rooms and the Tea 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 us in advance (disability@lib.cam.ac.uk), or ask any member of staff when you are in the building, if such areas would be inaccessible and books can be fetched for collection.

Assistance animals

The University Library welcomes service animals such as guide dogs.

Requests to bring an Emotional Support Animal (ESA) into the University Library will not normally be granted but would be considered on a case by case basis. Decisions to allow (or not to allow) an ESA into the University Library will take into account relevant factors, such as the reasons for the request and supporting medical evidence, the health, safety and welfare of members of and visitors to the University Library, arrangements to ensure the health, safety and welfare of the ESA and of other animals, adequacy of training, insurance arrangements, the cost implications of any agreed arrangements and Special Collections use and any other relevant considerations.

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.

The following lifts are small (approximate internal dimensions 110 cm. long, 83 cm. wide; doorway 64 cm. wide) and have heavy doors:

  • Lifts in the north-east and south-east corners
    • These lifts give access to the ground and first to sixth floors of the north wing/north front; first and third to sixth floors of the south wing and first to sixth floors of the south front
  • Lifts within the north and south fronts
    • These give access to the first to sixth floors of the north and south fronts
  • Lifts within the north and south wings
    • These give access to the ground to sixth floors of the north wing and first and third to sixth floors of the south wing

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

There are toilets for disabled readers:

  • 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
  • In the Milstein Exhibition Centre