The Balfour Library is on the first floor of the museum. Most visitors to the library use the museum’s secondary entrance on Robinson Close (reached from South Parks Road) and there is also one accessible parking space here. Please contact in advance to book. The entrance door is secure, powered and has an intercom. This entrance is open Monday to Friday, 9am to 4.30pm and has a reception that is staffed during these hours. Once inside there is level access to a passenger lift. The lift has a wide doorway, is spacious inside, has grab rails, tactile buttons, and audio and visual information. There are also stairs with contrasting markings on the edges, and continuous hand rails both sides.
You can also access the library by coming through the University Museum to the main entrance to the Pitt Rivers. Please note that if you require step free access you will need to use the platform lift at the Pitt Rivers entrance to get down to the ground floor, and then the passenger lift to get up to the library. This is a longer route but can be used if you need to use the accessible parking in front of University Museum (please note that the University Museum opening hours do not always coincide with the library's).
The entrance to the library on the first floor is access controlled. You will need to use the intercom to gain access - unfortunately this is currently too high for many wheelchair users to reach comfortably. The library will be altering this in the near future - the Access Guide will be updated once this has happened. In the meantime, please alert a member of staff either in advance, or at either entrance to the museum.
The door to get into the library is manually operated. Once inside you will see some of the collection on shelves in the corridor ahead of you. The first room to the right contains the main collection, as well as the library information desk. The books are on sliding stacks - staff will be happy to help if you are unable to operate these, or if you are unable to reach the books that are high up. There are also 2 desks available for use here - these are not height adjustable although there is unobstructed kneehole space underneath.
There is a small reading room which has desk space as well as more of the library collection. The desks are not height adjustable although there is unobstructed kneehole space underneath. If this room is in use there is alternative working space available in the central research rooms. This must be arranged with a member of staff as the research rooms have secure access.
The library has an accessible toilet.
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