Earth Sciences

Department of Earth Sciences

A panoramic view of the Earth Sciences building

The entire building is fully accessible, and all undergraduate teaching spaces are on the ground floor, as well as the computer room and library. 



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The department has one parking space available for disabled users, to the right-hand side of the main entrance.  Please book this in advance by contacting the Building and Facilities Manager at or by calling (01865)272054. There is Pay and Display parking available on Museum Road.

Oxford city centre blue badge parking map (725kb)

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 The main entrance has a revolving door, but there is also powered accessible door on the right hand side.  Both of these doors are glass, and operated via. swipe card.  There is an intercom on the right hand side of the door for those without swipe card access.  

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 There are two lifts which service all floors.  These are at the back of the building.  On the ground floor, cross the foyer towards the teaching labs and turn right to reach the lift lobby.  The two halves of the building are arranged on different levels, and so there are two sets of buttons in the lift!  Use the ‘O’ buttons to access the office side of the building, and the ‘L’ buttons to access the lab side.  For example, there are third-floor academic offices on O3, but to access the third-floor research labs, press L3!  This cuts out the small flights of steps which link the two sides.

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Accessible toilets

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There is a disabled toilet on every floor except 4, and they are directly in front of you as you exit the lifts.  There is also an accessible shower area in the basement shower block, which is set up as a wet room with flip-down seat.  Please see floor plan for detailed locations. 

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Standard Toilets

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There are standard toilets located next to the disabled toilet on every floor except 4.  Men’s are on the left hand side of the disabled toilet as you exit the lifts, and Women’s on the right.  Please see floor plan for detailed locations.  

hearing loop

Hearing support system

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There is a portable hearing loop available from reception. 

opening hours

Opening hours

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Opening times

Monday-Friday 8.00-17.00
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed

There is swipe card access 24/7 when the department is closed, but reception is not always staffed.

The library is open 24/7 to swipe card holders, but the librarian is generally only on duty between 10.00-15.00 (Monday-Friday)


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


Inaccessible areas

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Good news – there aren’t any! 


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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 Powered
Direct contact to reception Intercom
Number of floors 7
Accessible toilets 6
Lift to all floors Yes
Hearing support system Yes