15 Norham Gardens

Department of Education

The building is partially accessible. There is a level entrance around the side of the building, and a lift to all except the top floor (Level 4).  Seminar Room B, the Lower Reading Room, and the Education Reading Room all have steps into them. 



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There is a bookable accessible parking space outside the front of the building on far left hand side of the car park (you need to take the second turning into the car park when coming from the Banbury Road direction).  To book this space, please contact reception in advance on general.enquiries@education.ox.ac.uk or 01865 274024.  Apart from that, the nearest city  parking will be in the Blue Badge spaces or pay-and-display on Norham Gardens.  Please see the map below for more details.

City Centre Parking Map (725kb)

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The main entrance is up a flight of steps with no nosings and a handrail on both sides.  Once you get there, go through a very heavy door to get to reception.  Level access is around the side of the building to the left, and the door is on the right hand side (a large single door with vision panel).  Entrance is via swipe card, and the reader is on the right hand side of the door, along with an intercom to contact reception.  Please take care, as the slope from the car park space to the level access door is very steep.

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The platform lift immediately to the left of the main entrance covers Levels 0-3.  It has a manual door, but this is light.

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Accessible toilets

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The accessible toilet is off to the left hand side of the upper area in the common room.  From the accessible entrance, turn left past the lift and stairs and into the common room.   The accessible toilet is the second door on the left hand side.

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Standard Toilets

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On Level 1, there are blocks of Men’s and Women’s toilets in the common room. There are also two single toilets in reception on Level 1, which are marked as Men’s and Women’s. 

On Level 3, there is one Men’s and one Women’s toilet near the top of the stairs (accessed up two steps from the lobby).  There are no gender neutral bathroom facilities in the building. 

hearing loop

Hearing support system

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There are counter loops on the library and reception desks, as well as infra-red capability for every teaching room.  It would be helpful to let staff know in advance if you think you will want to use the infra-red system.

opening hours

Opening hours

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Term time

Monday-Thursday - 8.30-17.00
Friday - 8.30-16.00
Saturday - Closed
Sunday - Closed

Vacation time

Same as term time.


Christmas break.
Good Friday to Easter Monday.
August Bank Holiday long weekend.


Inaccessible areas

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The following rooms are inaccessible because of steps into them;  Seminar Room B, Lower Reading Room, and Education Reading Room.  There is no lift access to the offices on Level 4. 

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At a glance

On-site disabled parking spaces 1
Parking nearby (within 200m) Blue Badge
Main entrance Not level
Alternative entrance (level access) Yes
Door entry Manual
Direct contact to reception Intercom
Number of floors 5
Accessible toilets 1
Lift to all floors No
Hearing support system Yes