Philosophy and Theology Faculties Library

Philosophy and Theology Faculties Library - (1 of 1)

** Covid-19 update - access routes into and around the building may be different to those described on this page. Please contact the department directly to check current arrangements. **

The Philosophy & Theology Faculties Library is on the ground and first floor of the Radcliffe Humanities Building. There is level access into and around the building. The secure entrance door is powered. There is lift access to all floors. There are wheelchair accessible toilets on all floors of the building. There are designated Blue Badge parking spaces next to the building entrance; please contact the department in advance to book a space

This table contains summary information about the building

On-site designated parking for Blue Badge holders Yes - 3 spaces
Public designated parking for Blue Badge holders within 200m Yes - on St Giles
Other nearby parking Pay and display
Main entrance Level. Secure. Powered door
Alternative entrance Yes - level
Wheelchair accessible toilets Yes - all floors of Radcliffe Humanities Building
Lift Yes - all floors of Radcliffe Humanities Building
Hearing support systems Yes - loop on enquiry desk
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There are three parking spaces for Blue Badge holders available in front of the Radcliffe Humanities Building - these are all adjacent to the entrance. There is a sign in place to indicate the accessible spaces, but there are no floor markings to show where the spaces are or to give a protected transfer space. 

Please contact the department in advance to book one of these spaces. 

There is public Blue Badge parking on St Giles just over 200 m away. Please click on the link below to view a map of Blue Badge parking in central Oxford.

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For information about the main building entrance please follow this link.

The main library entrance is on the ground floor. There are secure glass gates opened with a proximity card reader. The library currently has an information sign in place to request that wheelchair users call for assistance using the intercom - this is because the gates close quickly and have caused problems for visitors in the past. The intercom is on the wall just before the security gates and is 140 cm high. Staff will take people into the library through the office. 

For those able to use the security gates these have a clear width of 90 cm. There are no contrasting markings on the gates. After the gates there is a doorway on the right which has a clear width of 75 cm. This takes you into the library reception area and enquiry desk. 

There is an additional entrance into the library on the first floor, which can be reached by lift or stairs. There is a secure, powered, door into the first floor reading room of the library. This is opened with a proximity card reader which is 109 cm high. The door has a clear width of 80 cm. 

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For information about the main building reception please follow this link.

As you enter the reception area of the library on the ground floor, the enquiry desk is on the right hand side. There are two sections of the desk at standing height. There is a gap in the middle of these with staffed desks either side. This gives wheelchair access to the staff on duty. 

The first section of the enquiry desk at standing height has a fixed induction loop. 

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There are no toilets in the library space, but The Radcliffe Humanities Building has an accessible toilet on every floor. Please follow this link for more information

The library space is located on the ground floor and first floor of the Radcliffe Humanities Building. The building has a lift that goes to all floors. You'll need to leave the library space to use the lift. Please follow this link for information about the lift

The library space is located on the ground floor and first floor of the Radcliffe Humanities Building. There is a staircase located within the library space. This has continuous handrails both sides and high contrast markings on the step edges. 

Please follow this link for information about the main stairs in the Radcliffe Humanities Building

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For information about the doors in the main building follow this link. 

At ground floor, there are secure glass gates opened with a proximity card reader. The library currently has an information sign in place to request that wheelchair users call for assistance using the intercom - this is because the gates close quickly and have caused problems for visitors in the past. The intercom is on the wall just before the security gates and is 140 cm high. Staff will take people into the library through the office. 

The door into the library at ground floor level is held open, and has a clear width of 75 cm. The door into the library reading room on the second floor is powered and has a clear width of 80 cm.

The doors to the staircase at ground floor and first floor are manual and have a full height vision panel.

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There is step free access to the ground floor reading room. The ground floor reading room mainly contains shelving. The distance between shelves is around 83 cm. Shelves are floor to ceiling height; staff are available to assist and will collect books if needed. There is a small seating area as well as two height adjustable desks, both with ergonomic chairs. 

There is stepped access and lift access to the first floor reading room. The first floor reading room has shelving around the edges of the room. Shelves are floor to ceiling height;  staff are available to assist and will collect books if needed. The main central space has desks and chairs. There are two height adjustable desks both with ergonomic chairs. Circulation space can be tight, especially at busy times. 

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There is a portable hearing loop, which can be collected from the enquiries desk.

The library can provide the following assistive equipment:

  • One daylight reading lamp
  • One magnifier
  • Coloured overlays

Please ask library staff if you wish to use any of this equipment. 

There is one electric, and one manual, height adjustable desk on the ground floor - both have an ergonomic chair. There are two manual height adjustable desks both with ergonomic chairs on the first floor. 

 

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Contact details


Philosophy and Theology Faculties Library
Radcliffe Humanities
Radcliffe Observatory Quarter
Woodstock Road
Oxford
OX2 6GG

ptfl@bodleian.ox.ac.uk
OX2 6GG

 

Access enquiries


Ms Hilla Wait
hilla.wait@bodleian.ox.ac.uk
01865 276927

 

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