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Supporting disabled readers: Accessing the Libraries

Subjects: Library Guides

Useful links

Oxford University Access Guide: Comprehensive information about access to all university buildings

Oxford University Disability Advisory Service: University Department supporting disabled students

ARACU (Accessible Resources Unit): Bodleian Libraries' unit dedicated to source and create materials in accessible formats

Assistive Animals

Assistive animals, such as guide dogs for the blind and hearing dogs for the deaf, will always be admitted with readers. 

Physical Access

With almost 30 libraries and reading rooms in some of Oxford's most historic buildings, physical access to Bodleian Libraries' collections may be problematic for wheelchair users and those with mobility difficulties. For this reason we will always make alternative arrangements should you not be able to access collections. Material can be delivered to more accessible Bodleian reading rooms or Bodleian libraries and staff will fetch materials from inaccessible areas of the library for you.

Information on access to individual libraries, including parking, is available online from our Access Guide. We encourage you to check before visiting and to contact the libraries to allow for any book moves. If you would like further details, contact the Disability Librarian.

Support Workers/Non-Medical Helpers

If you require the help of a Support Worker or Non-Medical Helper whilst using the libraries, please contact the Admissions Office via email or telephone (01865 277 180) as they may be given a Bodleian Reader's card free of charge.

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Teresa Pedroso
ARACU, Osney One Building
01865 283 861


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