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Reception

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 Reception is immediately on your left as you come through the main building entrance.  From the level access entrance, head straight down the corridor, and the reception area will be halfway down on the right hand side.  There is no reduced height section to the counter, but it does have a hearing loop.  There are a couple of chairs immediately on your right as you come through the main door, but wheelchair parking space is limited. 

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Stairs

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There are two sets of stairs at either end of the south building, and two at either end of the north building.  All stairs are identical, and have tactile and contrasting nosings, as well as continuous handrail on the inside edge.

On the second floor, rooms are accessed by small sets of steps, with no nosings and a bannister on either side.

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Doors

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 Many of the doors in common areas are held open.  Exceptions are the doors which lead to the Herbaria, Sherardian Library, and the areas of the building occupied by departments other than Plant Sciences.  The main entrance doors are wooden double doors with large glass panels and handles on the outside.  Doors to laboratories currently have vision panels of frosted glass from the middle upwards, so please take care.  The doors which give level access to the rooftop greenhouses have no vision panels.  Please see the relevant sections below for more information.

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Sherardian Library of Plant Taxonomy

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 The library is on the first floor of the south building.  Exit the lift, turn left, and go all the way to the end of the corridor.  Turn left just before you reach the stairs.  Use of the library is by appointment only.  The library is accessed by a set of double doors with large vision panels, and both doors need to be open for wheelchair access.  The door to the main reading room is a single-width door with no vision panel and a small twist handle.  Once inside, the reading room tables are a good height for wheelchair users, and there are moveable chairs.  Catalogue computers are arranged around the edge of the room.  You will need your Bodleian login details to be able to access them.  Some shelves are too high to reach sitting down, and the library is not usually staffed.  If you have any questions about using the library, please contact the librarian on anne.catterall@bodleian.ox.ac.uk

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Fielding-Druce Herbarium

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The Fielding-Druce Herbarium is located on the ground floor of the south building.  Exit the lift and head towards the stairs nearest you.  The entrance is the last door on the left in front of the stairs.  Again, workspaces have moveable chairs but are higher than standard desks.  If you have any queries about disabled access to the herbaria, please contact stephen.harris@plants.ox.ac.uk Use of the Herbaria is by appointment only.  

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Daubney Herbarium

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The Daubney Herbarium is located on the first floor of the south building.  Exit the lift and head towards the stairs nearest you.  The entrance is the last door on the left in front of the stairs.  There are manual rolling stacks on the left hand side, which have a small step up into them.  There are study desks with moveable office chairs, but these are quite high (about the height of a standard kitchen worktop).  If you have any queries about disabled access to the herbaria, please contact stephen.harris@plants.ox.ac.ukUse of the Herbaria is by appointment only.  

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Xylarium

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The Xylarium is in the basement of the south building.  Exit the lift and turn right.  Go through the double door in front of you, and the Xylarium will be through another set of doors on the right hand side.  Space is very tight in the room, which is pretty much inaccessible for wheelchair users.  Use of the Xylarium is by appointment only.

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Lecture Theatre

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The main lecture theatre is accessed by an incline lift from the ground floor.  Again, this is quite narrow, so please take care.  This lift brings you out on the ground floor of the lecture theatre, where there is a space for a wheelchair at the front on the left hand side.  Other seating is in tiered rows of flip-down seats and desks.  The stairs have contrasting nosings, but no handrail.  The presentation area is level, and an induction loop is fitted.  To get to the lecture theatre from the level entrance, take the first incline lift up the steps in front of you.  Go through the double doors on your left, and take the next incline lift in front of you down to the lecture theatre.

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Seminar Rooms

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Meeting room – Directly opposite reception is the ground floor meeting room.  This is accessed via a solid door with a coded lock.  There are moveable chairs with arms, and one large central desk, which is at a good height for wheelchair users.  There is also a smart board available.

The Rajah Brooke room – This is also on the ground floor. Once you have gone up the steps from the level entrance (using the platform lift), turn right.  The Rajah Brooke room is at the far end of that corridor.  This has two large tables and moveable chairs with arms.  There is a projector and whiteboard available, but space around the edges of the room and between the tables might be a little tight for wheelchair users.  There is a hearing loop available.

The Schlich room – To get to this smaller lecture theatre, go right to the end of  the corridor which leads from the level entrance to the building, and turn left before you reach the stairs.  You will then need to go through a set of double doors and a single door to get to the room.  This room has two small glass whiteboards, and moveable chairs with armrests and flip-down desks.  There is plenty of space to move around the room, the presentation area is level,  and the AV equipment is reachable. 

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Common Room

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The common room is in the centre of the building on the first floor, above the lecture theatre.  Exit the lift in either building and go all the way down the long corridor.  Just before you get to the stairs, turn left in the north building, and right in the south building.  The common room has central chairs, and there are desks with computers around the edge of the room.  There are moveable office chairs at the computers, and some of the desks are at a better height than others when it comes to banging knees!

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Labs

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There are too many labs in the building to be able to cover them all here, but what follows is an overview of the main spaces.  The majority of the lab spaces are on the second floor.  The large lab in the north building halfway down the main corridor is typical, as all benches are at high level, but the space between them is good.  None of the cold rooms are accessible, as there is a small step to get into them.  The darkroom on the first floor is inaccessible due to a revolving door, but the one on the second floor is accessible.  Growth rooms are generally accessible, but space is tight for wheelchair users, and some of the shelves are high, so please take care.  There are no height adjustable desks or fume cupboards available.  Doors to labs are generally single doors with frosted panels.  The high containment level of some labs means that alternative arrangements may need to be made for users with mobility difficulties.

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Greenhouses

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The only greenhouse which is accessible is the one on the roof.  To get there, take the lift to the ‘R’ level of the north building.  Turn right and go out onto the roof, (past the stepped route to the greenhouse).  Once outside, head around to your left and up the long ramp to get to the greenhouses.  The ramp is quite shallow and has a handrail on both sides.  If you would like to use the steps, the route is the same, but you won’t have to go outside!  There are four steps up with contrasting nosings and a handrail on the left hand side.  Once inside, the main route through the greenhouse area is narrow, and might be inaccessible for people with larger wheelchairs.  Workbenches are high and the space can be quite crowded.

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Coffee Room

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The coffee room is located at the back of the north building and is spread across two levels.  To get there, exit the lift in the north building and turn right.  The first door on your right leads to the coffee room.  Entrance is through a set of double doors, but one half is usually held open.  Hot drinks are available from the servery area on the left hand side at certain times.  There are groups of low coffee tables and large chairs with plenty of space to move around, but please be aware that it can get busy at peak times.  Two steps with no handrails or nosings lead into the back of the coffee room area, where the seating provision is similar.  There is no reduced height section at the server, so please ask for help with hot drinks if you need it.  Outside the coffee room there are two vending machines selling cold drinks and snacks, but these are accessed down a small flight of steps with no handrail or nosings.

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At a glance

On-site disabled parking spaces 1
Parking nearby (within 200m) No
Main entrance Not level
Alternative entrance (level access) Yes
Door entry Manual
Direct contact to reception Yes
Number of floors 6
Accessible toilets 1
Lift to all floors Yes
Hearing support system Yes