English Faculty Library

The English Faculty Library serves those reading and teaching English at Oxford, as well as other readers requiring access to its collections.

The entrance and main reading room of the library are on the first floor of the St Cross Building, with an additional upper gallery area which can be reached by lift. There is level access throughout. 




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There are four accessible parking spaces available: one in front of the building, one along the left hand side of the building and two at the rear. Please bear in mind that three of these spaces are shared with the nearby Manor Road building. It is advisable to book a parking space in advance by contacting the Porters' Lodge on 01865 271 481 or st_cross_building_lodge@admin.ox.ac.uk

All parking in the St Cross Building car park is for University car park permit holders only.

Additional parking is available nearby subject to blue badge regulations.

Oxford city centre blue badge parking map  (725kb)

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The English Faculty Library is on the first floor of the building and can be reached via the main external staircase – there is a central handrail all the way up. The accessible entrance is to the right of the external staircase – see the main St Cross Building page for further information. From the accessible entrance, follow the corridor round to the left and into the lobby area where you will see the main passenger lift in front of you. Take the lift to the first floor. Exit the lift, go through the doorway (door is held open) and the entrance to the library is on the right hand side.

The door into the library is powered, and then there are access controlled powered gates which are wide enough for wheelchair users to use; you'll need to use your Boldeian card to gain entrance. Visually impaired people should take care here as the gates are made of clear glass with no contrasting markings. Once through the gates there is a security sensor, this has a slight ramp but should not be a problem for wheelchair users.

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There is a lift that connects the main area of the library with the upper gallery area. The lift is in the staff office which is located just past the information desk. The lift is access controlled and is not for general use. Visitors who need to use the lift can request a key giving access to the lift. Please ask the member of staff on duty at the information desk who will provide a key enabling free use of the lift. You’ll need to hand the key back at the end of your visit. Staff are used to people coming through the office to use the lift. 

The lift has a reasonable amount of manoeuvring space although there are doors either side; you enter one side and exit the other meaning that you do not need to turn a wheelchair inside the lift. The lift has tactile buttons, visual and audio information and a hearing loop.

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Accessible toilets

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There are no toilets inside the library. However, there is an accessible toilet located very close to the library. Exit the library, go straight ahead and you will see two blocks of toilets either side of the entrance of the Centre for Criminology on the left. The accessible toilet is in the block on the right hand side. 

Please see the main St Cross Building page for information on other accessible toilets. 

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Standard toilets

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There are no toilets inside the library. However, there are toilets located very close to the library. Exit the library and the toilets are ahead of you on the left; there are two blocks either side of the entrance to the Centre for Criminology. These are all gender neutral toilets. There are also toilets on all floors of the St Cross Building (apart from the third floor).


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Hearing support system

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There is an induction loop in place at the enquiry desk.

opening hours

Opening hours

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Term time

Monday-Friday 9.00-19.00
Saturday 10.00-13.00
Sunday Closed

Vacation time

Monday-Friday 9.00-17.00
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed


Public Holidays
Christmas Eve to New Year's Day


Inaccessible areas

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All areas of the library are accessible although many bookshelves are floor to ceiling; staff will be happy to help if needed.


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At a glance

On-site disabled parking spaces 4
Parking nearby (within 200m) Blue Badge
Main entrance Not level
Alternative entrance (level access) Yes
Door entry Powered
Direct contact to lodge Intercom
Number of floors 2
Accessible toilets 1
Lift to all floors Yes
Hearing support system Yes