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Reception

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Reception is on your right hand side as you enter the building, and has a lowered section.

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Stairs

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 The main staircase in the building has contrasting tactile nosing and handrails on both sides (apart from the last two steps at the very bottom).  The steps between the two levels of the building also have handrails on both sides and contrasting tactile nosing.  

The central steps in the main lecture theatre have nosing but no handrail, and the stairs down the left hand side are the same.  The right hand side of the lecture theatre has an incline lift.  Please see the ‘Lecture Theatres’ section for more information.

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Doors

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 The entrance door is glass and powered, and there is also a revolving door.  The door to the library is also glass, but manually operated.  Both of these doors are on swipe-card access.  Doors into labs and teaching rooms have visual panels.

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Reading Rooms

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The library is located on the ground floor.  Cross to the area opposite reception, and then walk through the breakout area to reach the entrance.  This is a large glass door with swipe-card access.  The reception is on the left hand side as you enter.  There is a self-service computer directly opposite the main entrance to allow students to check out their own books.  This is at a comfortable height for most wheelchairs, and the librarian is very happy to help in staffed hours. 

The space between shelves is good, although some visitors might find the top shelves a bit high.  You must ask the librarian’s permission to access the frequently-used books, which are kept behind glass.  

There is a mix of communal and more private study areas throughout the library.  The common areas have moveable tables and chairs, whilst the private study areas have fixed booths and moveable chairs.  These are arranged back to back around the edge of the room.  Wheelchair users may find the ones at the very back of the library easiest to access, as these do not have someone else directly behind them.  

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Lecture Theatres

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The lecture theatre is on the ground floor, next to the reception desk.  This can either be split into two rooms or opened into one large space.  The lecture theatre style seating is on a bit of a slope, and there are steps down the sides and middle of the room.  The right hand side of the room has an incline lift which is staff-operated, and will get you down to the front of the lecture theatre.   There are removable seats at the back of the lecture theatre on both sides.  These can be taken out to provide seating and desk space for wheelchair users.  If you think that you will need the chairs taking out, it would be helpful  if you could contact the Building and Facilities Manager in advance on ashleigh@earth.ox.ac.uk or by calling (01865)272054.

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Seminar Rooms

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There is a large meeting room on the fourth floor, which is accessed through two doors.  The first door allows access to the floor from the lift lobby.  This is held open during working hours. The door to the meeting room itself has a visual panel, and is held open when there are meetings taking place.

There are two smaller meeting rooms (Sallas and Buckland) on the second floor.  Exit the lifts and turn left, then first right to reach them.  Both have moveable furniture.  

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Accessible Computers

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There is an accessible computer room on the ground floor, on the right hand side when you are facing the library entrance.  This houses rows of computers, and the chairs are moveable but space is tight.  Wheelchair users may find the computers on the back row the easiest to access.  

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Common Rooms

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There are two vending machines and a water cooler in the lift lobby.  The main breakout space is the area which occupies one side of the reception space, in front of the library.  There are some sofas, as well as moveable tables and chairs.

The senior common room is on the 5th floor.  This has a café with a high counter as well as lots of moveable furniture.  There is also a roof terrace, which is accessed through a manually operated glass door.  There is more moveable furniture outside, and plenty of space to move around.  Please note that while the area is sheltered, the wooden decking may become slippery in wet weather.

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Labs

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The undergraduate labs are opposite reception.  The benches are a comfortable height for wheelchair users, but space between them is a bit narrow.  The chairs provided are adjustable height with wheels.   The sinks at the back of the labs are low enough to be used by those in wheelchairs. 

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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