This is accessed through the entrance to Staircase 1 which is immediately to the left as you come into the Front Quad. There is an access ramp that takes you into the Gardens of St Peter-In-The-East where you will see the converted church that is now the college library. The ramp here has a camber (slight sideways slope). Alternatively there are stairs with a handrail to the left (ascending). The path to the library is paved and is uneven in places.
There is secure access into the library with a key fob reader at an accessible height for wheelchair users to the left of the doors. This only unlocks the right hand leaf of the double doors which is too narrow for many wheelchairs. It is advisable to contact the library in advance to arrange access. There is also a small step down here which does not have any contrasting marking.
The second set of double doors are not secure, but both must be opened to enable a wheelchair to pass through – again, it is advisable to contact the library in advance to arrange access. Just beyond these doors is a security sensor which is wide enough for wheelchairs to pass through.
The library information desk is on the left as you enter. It is at an accessible height for wheelchair users but there is no recessed knee space.
There is a self-service book scanner near the information desk. This is too high for many wheelchair users – staff at the information desk are happy to help if needed.
There is level access around the main reading room. There are desks available for use – these are 65 cm high and have a bar underneath which may restrict some wheelchairs. Books are on high shelves - library staff will be happy to assist if needed. There is a raised section of the library at the east end which can only be reached via steps. There are also further bookshelves, working spaces, and academic offices arranged over several floors of the tower. This can only be accessed via narrow, wooden, open stairs with no contrasting markings – people with visual impairments may struggle to use these stairs.
There are two gender neutral toilets in the library.
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