Bodleian Law Library Page 2

reception

Enquiry desk

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The enquiry desk is just beyond the access gates at the main entrance to the library. The library desk has a long lowered section (although there is no knee space underneath) and a portable hearing loop in place. 

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stairs

Stairs

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The Library is arranged over four floors. There is a staircase between the floors with contrasting edges and a hand rail on the right hand side (ascending).

There are also small staircases arranged around the edge of the main reading room connecting the floors. These have a continuous hand rail on the right hand side (ascending) and contrasting edges. These stairs are rather narrow and some users may find them difficult to use.

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doors

Doors

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There are two powered doors leading into the library with full height vision panels.

Most areas of the library are open plan. There are several small rooms off the main spaces. Most of these have manual doors with full height vision panels apart from the Graduate Reading Room which only has a vision panel in the top half of the door. 

The doors leading to the main staircase between floors have full height vision panels apart from on the ground floor where there are only small vision panels.

The small doors to the study carrels do not have vision panels as they are quiet/private workspaces.

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library

Reading Rooms

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The main reading room is all open plan, level access and spacious with plenty of seating and adequate spacing between shelving. Desks are fixed although chairs can be moved as needed. 

There are smaller study/reading areas on the ground, first and third floors which are also open plan and level access. Again, the desks are fixed although chairs can be moved as needed. Shelving is generally full height so will not be accessible for all 

On the ground floor there is a large area of rolling stacks; these are are effectively narrow one way corridors as the ends of the stacks are flush to the wall. There are also small ramps at the entrance to each of the stacks.

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seminar room

Seminar Room

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The seminar room is on the second floor. There is level access to this room from the lift. There is a large round table and freestanding chairs which can be moved as needed. 

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Accessible Computers

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There are computers available for use on all floors of the library (except the first floor). The desks have plenty of knee space underneath - most wheelchair users should be able to access these. 

There are two computers on height adjustable desks in the Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer IT room on the ground floor. 

There is a study carrel on the second floor with a computer set up for people with a visual impairment. This has a high contrast keyboard and text to speech software installed.

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common room

Other study rooms

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There are various other rooms across the library. Staff at the enquiry desk will be happy to help if you need more information about any of these rooms.

Ground floor

There are 3 small discussion rooms, a small computer room, the Graduate Reading Room and the Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer IT room. From the main reading room of the library the lift will take you to the ground floor where there is level access to all of these rooms.  

Second floor

There are two study carrels – one with a height adjustable desk and one with equipment to support people with visual impairments.

Third floor

There are several study carrels which can be used as quiet/private study areas. These are bookable, although there is often a waiting list. Please contact library staff for more information. 

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cafe

Cafe

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The cafe is on the second floor of the St Cross Building - the same level as the Law Library. 

As you exit the library onto the outdoor terrace, the cafe is across the terrace on the right hand side. There is an access ramp up to the powered doors into the cafe, but there is also a rather large lip at the door threshold so please take care when using these doors. 

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adapted furniture

Specialist equipment

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There are several height adjustable desks available for use throughout the library:

  • 2 in the Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer IT Room on the ground floor
  • 1 outside Discussion Room 1 on the ground floor (there is also an ergonomic chair here)
  • 2 in the main reading room (as well as an ergonomic chair)
  • 1 in a quiet study carrel on the second floor
  • 2 on the third floor

Finally, there is a study carrel on the second floor with a computer set up for people with a visual impairment. This has a high contrast keyboard and text to speech software installed.

Please speak to library staff if you wish to use any of this equipment.

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At a glance

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