Sackler Library

Sackler 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. **

There is level access into the building via powered doors, and then level access into the ground floor of the library.  There is a wheelchair accessible toilet on the ground floor. There are fixed induction loops fitted at the reception desk and ground floor issue desk. 

This table contains summary information about the building

On-site designated parking for Blue Badge holders No
Public designated parking for Blue Badge holders within 200m Yes
Other nearby parking Yes - pay and display
Main entrance Level. Intercom. Powered door
Alternative entrance N/A
Wheelchair accessible toilets Yes - 1 at ground floor, 1 at second floor
Lift Yes - all floors
Hearing support systems Yes - loop at Porters' Lodge. Portable loop available
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Floor plans

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There is parking nearby:

2 Blue Badge spaces on St John St.

10 Blue Badge spaces on Beaumont St.

 

There is level access to the main entrance doors. These powered doors are opened using a Bodleian Readers Card; the proximity card reader is to the right of the doors and at an accessible height for wheelchair users.

Once through the doors, you’ll find yourself in a large lobby area containing the porter’s lodge, locker rooms, standard and accessible toilets, and the entrance to the library.

The doors into the library are also powered; the proximity card reader is to the right of the doors on the safety barrier. Inside the library there are powered access controlled gates; wheelchair users will need to use the wider gate to the right. The proximity card reader is on a pillar to the right hand side as you enter the library.

 

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The Porters’ Lodge is on the left as you come through the (powered) entrance doors. There is not a wheelchair accessible lowered section here. There is a fixed induction loop in place.

Once inside the main library, the enquiry desk is on the left. The desk is at an accessible height for wheelchair users. There is a portable loop in place.

 

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Accessible toilets

There are two accessible toilets located within the Sackler Library:

There is one located in the lobby on the ground floor (prior to entering the main library).

There is an additional one on the second floor.

Standard toilets

There are three standard toilet blocks located within the Sackler Library:

There are Men's and Women's toilets located in the lobby on the ground floor (prior to entering the main library) directly ahead of the door that you enter through.  There are also Men's and Women's toilets off the ground floor reading room (adjacent to the photocopier room).

Next to the second floor meeting room are Men's and Women's toilets, as well as a toilet for all genders.  There are additional Men's and Women's toilets down a small corridor by one of the staircases.

See floor plans for detailed locations.

 

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There is one lift located at the rear of the library. The doors to the lift lobby are powered on the ground, first and second floors. The doors to the lift lobby are not powered on the third floor. 
The lift entrance has a button panel on the left hand side, with Braille markings and large buttons.

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There are two staircases located at either side of the rotunda. 

The stair wells are artificially lit and have black carpeting with black nosing.

The south stairs have light blue carpet with light grey contrasting nosing. 

There is a wooden railing following the centralised railings (left hand side as you ascend the stairs).

 

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The doors within the Sackler Library are mostly wooden held on closing hinges often with windows at eye height creating a visual barrier. 

Caution should be exercised when using doors in popular areas.

 

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Each floor is a rotunda, the central portion of the room is shelving with desk spaces adjacent to the exterior wall of the rotunda.

There is a clear and wide space (corridor) between desk space and library space.

Rolling stacks are situated on all floors apart from the ground floor.  Caution should exercised when moving stacks. 

In addition there are often floor obstacles such as step ladders and book trolleys that may present problems for mobility impaired and those with visual impairments.

 

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There is a fixed induction loop at the Porters’ Lodge. 

There is a portable induction loop at the library enquiry desk on the ground floor. This can be used elsewhere in the building if needed. 
 

The library can provide the following assistive equipment:

  • 2 x height adjustable desks.
  • 5 x Coloured acetate sheets.
  • 2 x Ergonomic chair
  • 1 x Daylight lamp
  • 1 x Magnifier

Please ask at the Issue Desk if you wish to use any of this equipment. 

There is also an individual study carrel that readers can use for quiet study, or to use speech recognition software. 

 

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Contact details


Sackler Library
1 St John St
Oxford
OX1 2LG

sac-admin@bodleian.ox.ac.uk
01865 278 092
www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/sackler

Access enquiries


Elisabet Almunia
elisabet.almunia@bodleian.ox.ac.uk
01865 278 092

 

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