Taylor Institution

Lecture & teaching space, and the Taylor Institution Library - research and teaching collections for the Faculty of Medieval & Modern Languages.

Taylor Institution as viewed from St Giles.

This building is partially accessible.  Access is possible to the main teaching rooms and library areas, apart from Room 16 and the Common Room.  Pease click here for further access information about the library.



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There is no allocated university parking, although there is public blue badge parking on both St Giles and Beaumont street.

Oxford city centre blue badge parking map (725kb)



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The entrance is up a flight of four steps from street level, which have high contrast nosings and a handrail on the right hand side.  Level access is via a long stone ramp from street level, which has a handrail on the left-hand side (ascending).  The ramp can sometimes have bicycles attached to it which narrows the access route, so please take care.  Once at the top of the steps, a post on the right hand side has push button entry for the main door and an intercom to contact reception.  The main doors are large double doors with glass panels.  Once inside, pass through the book detectors to reach the main foyer. 

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There are two lifts in the building.  The main lift serves all floors, and the smaller secondary lift provides level access to Rooms 2 and 3, which are on a mezzanine level between the ground and first floors, as well as the lower ground floor.

The main lift is opposite reception.  This has voice information but no braille, and provides access to all floors of the library.

The secondary lift is on the left hand side of the foyer, and cunningly hidden by a wall panel!  This lift is staff operated, so please ask at reception if you need to use it.   It is a tight squeeze, so might not be suitable for users with larger wheelchairs.  It has no braille or voice information, and comes out directly into Room 2.

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Accessible toilets

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The accessible toilet is located at the end of the ground floor, outside Room 10B.  From the main lobby, go down to the end of the main corridor on your right to get there.  

There is also a standard toilet with extra grab rails located in the lower ground floor women’s toilet.  

Standard toilets

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The standard toilets are located in the basement directly ahead of the main entrance.

The Women's is located to the left at the first landing, continue down the next flight of the stairs to the Men's, which is located directly ahead.

There is also a gender neutral toilet on the ground floor, outside room 10B.

See floor plans for detailed locations.

hearing loop

Hearing support system

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The main Lecture Theatre has both infra-red and an induction system.  Room 2 has infra-red hearing support, and there is a hearing loop on the main reception desk.  There is no hearing support system in Room 10B or Room 3.

opening hours

Opening hours

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Term time

Monday-Friday 9.00-19.00
Saturday 10.00-16.00
Sunday Closed

Vacation time

Monday-Friday 9.00-19.00
Saturday 10.00-16.00
Sunday Closed


Good Friday through to Easter Monday.
1 week following late summer bank holiday.
2 days of St Giles' Fair at beginning of September.


Inaccessible areas

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Room 16 and the Common Room are both inaccessible for those requiring level access.  In the Lecture Theatre, there is no level access to the stage. 

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At a glance

On-site disabled parking spaces 0
Parking nearby (within 200m) Pay and Display
Main entrance Level
Door entry Powered
Direct contact to lodge Yes
Number of floors 4
Accessible toilets 1
Hearing support system Yes