Taylor Institution Library

Taylor Institution Library is the centre for the study of Modern European languages and literatures, other than English.

Taylor Institution as viewed from St Giles.

 This library is partially accessible, the space is somewhat tight in some areas and the shelving is very high (ladders needed).



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There is no allocated university parking, although there is public blue badge parking on both St Giles and Beaumont street.

Oxford city centre blue badge parking map (725kb)



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The main entrance is located on St Giles with ramped access for those who need it.

The main external doors are powered, and lead through to a lobby area to reach the library.  Turn right and ahead of you are two double doors.

The library has double doors, which are on a power button for those that need assitance.

For access to the second floor and additional reading rooms, exit the library and either take the central staircase or take the lift opposite the porter's lodge.

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The library has two floors, and the lift is outside of the library in the corridor. It is therefore necessary for those with a mobility impairment to leave the library, take the lift and re-enter the library on the second floor.

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Accessible toilets

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There is only one accessible toilet located outside the library by the alternative entrance (at the end of the corridor).

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Standard toilets

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The standard toilets are located in the basement directly ahead of the main entrance.

The Women's is located to the left at the first landing, continue down the next flight of the stairs to the Men's, which is located directly ahead.

See floor plans for detailed locations.

hearing loop

Hearing support system

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There is a fixed hearing loop located at the main enquiries desk (near main reading room).

opening hours

Opening hours

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Term time

Monday-Friday 9.00-19.00
Saturday 10.00-16.00
Sunday Closed

Vacation time

Monday-Friday 9.00-19.00
Saturday 10.00-16.00
Sunday Closed


Good Friday through to Easter Monday.
1 week following late summer bank holiday.
2 days of St Giles' Fair at beginning of September.


Inaccessible areas

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The Taylor Institute Library has a few areas that are inaccessible.  

The shelving is very high and close together.  

Most wheelchair users will need assistance, staff will fetch materials accordingly.

The gallery in the Main Reading Room is inaccessible.

The Main Stack is very narrow and wheelchair users will struggle.

The Graduate Reading Room is also inaccessible.


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At a glance

On-site disabled parking spaces 0
Parking nearby (within 200m) Pay and Display
Main entrance Level
Door entry Powered
Direct contact to lodge Yes
Number of floors 4
Accessible toilets 1
Lift to all floors Yes
Hearing support system Yes