Library accessibility guide
Accessing and navigating the library building
- Library access is currently permissible only by advance booking through the College facilities booker.
- Study spaces 21-24 are on the ground floor.
- Face masks are required at all times inside the library building (excluding medical exemptions).
- The main door is heavy and leads directly onto a revolving door. There is an adjacent accessible door with ramp access which can be opened with authorised University cards. If you need to use this door but your card doesn’t open it please contact Downing's Disability Liaison Officer: firstname.lastname@example.org
- There is a lift (with a 78cm wide doorway) to all three floors of the library. Ground floor access is through the staff area which is not locked.
- There are handrails on both sides of the staircase.
- The library’s two main floors are mostly open plan. Existing doorways are wide, with single doors over 95cm and double doors around 140cm in width.
Finding and borrowing books
- The library offers a Request & Collect service for our holdings. Books are collected from the front of the library building.
- Alternatively we can issue and leave books with the Porters for your collection if required (we may need advance notice for this).
- Downing’s catalogue is at: library.dow.cam.ac.uk (our books are not listed on iDiscover)
- We have a guide (with video) to searching the catalogue and finding library books and a guide (with video) to using the library’s self-issue machine. Don’t forget you need to book a study space to access the library, as above.
- The self-issue machine can be reached from wheelchair height.
- Where we have been advised by the Disability Resource Centre (through our Tutorial and Admissions Office) to offer you extended loans we will continuously renew your books so they won’t go overdue. You won’t receive email notifications.
- If you think you should have extended loans but are receiving overdue notifications please contact Downing's Disability Liaison Officer: email@example.com
Studying in and using the library
- Individual study carrels have their own lighting and there are desk lamps available for use at other library study spaces.
- We have full page reading magnifiers available for use in the library. Please ask staff if you would like to use one.
- There is a hearing loop installed at the library front desk.
- Toilets are in the basement (accessible by lift). One is accessible; all are non-gender specific and self-contained.
- Library produced information can be printed on coloured paper or in large print on request.
- We have a range of self-support literature including books on mindfulness, depression, anxiety and eating disorders. These are shelved in the basement book stacks, close to the door that is furthest from the lift (opposite the history books).
- There is an evacuation chair at the top of the stairs for use in emergencies.
We are here to support you in your learning – if there is anything else we can do to help please let us know!
- The best way to contact staff is by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- You can also contact Downing's Disability Liaison Officer about any additional needs you may have. Email: email@example.com
- You will find information about accessibility in the wider Cambridge libraries network here, or contact the Libraries Accessibility Service: firstname.lastname@example.org
- The Disability Resource Centre (DRC) also offer a range of support. You can contact the DRC by telephone: 01223 332301, or by email: email@example.com. You can use their contact form and find out more at: www.disability.admin.cam.ac.uk