Contact Details


Disability librarian:

01865 272800

General enquiries:

Radcliffe Science Library
Parks Road

01865 272800

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Radcliffe Science Library

The Radcliffe Science Library is the main science library of Oxford University.

The entrance into the library is in the internal corner between the two main buildings (near the glass link). 

There is level access to the building and lift access to all subsequent floors and reading rooms.



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Car-parking near the library may be available by prior arrangement:

Phone: 01865 272800


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The entrance is located in the corner between the two main buildings.

It is level access with automatic sliding doors.  Once inside there are swipe card barriers.

For those who are wheelchair users, it is necessary to attract the attention of the staff behind the reception counter who will open the exit gate to allow entrance.

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There are two lifts in the Radcliffe Science Library:

  1. The main lift is located adjacent to the main entrance and accesses all reading rooms. The lift is a speaking lift and opens out into either a large lobby adjacent to the stair well, or a large anteroom before entering the reading room.
  2. The second lift is located at the far end of the building featuring the main entrance.  This lift is an awkward triangular shape therefore it may not be suitable for larger wheelchair or mobility scooter users.
  3. There is a platform lift (between levels 2 and 3) to allow a wheelchair friendly route via the main lift all the way to lower reading room.

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Accessible toilets

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There are 4 accessible toilets found within the Radcliffe Science Library

One located to the left of the main entrance (near the common room/discussion space)

There are also accessible toilets located in the lobby areas for the far stairwell (in the main building) on levels 2, 4 and 6

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Standard toilets

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There are standard toilets located on all floors in the Radcliffe Science Library.

All of the toilets are located in the lobby areas of the the large staircase, which is located to the far right of the building as you enter.

The Men's are located on the top floor, the Women's on the first floor, and both Men's and Women's are located the lower reading room on the left hand side as you enter.

There is also a toilet block located at the base of the other far staircase adjacent to the buttery/seminar room, which has seperate Men's and Women's facilities.

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hearing loop

Hearing support system

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There are induction loops at enquiry desks.

A portable induction loop is available on request at the Entrance Hall Enquiry Desk.

The training room has an infra-red hearing loop installed.

opening hours

Opening hours

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Term Time

Monday-Friday         08:30-22:00

Saturday                 10:00-16:00

Sunday                   11:00-17:00


Monday-Friday         08:30-19:00

Saturday                 10:00-14:00

Sunday                    Closed





Inaccessible areas

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The Buttery area is accessible but requires a staff escort through closed office space.

The vending machines located here are up two steps and the tables are high 'bar style'.

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At a glance

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