Library accessibility guide
Accessing and navigating the library building
- 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.
- Windows should be kept open for ventilation in the vicinity of occupied study spaces.
- More accessibility information is also available on the AccessAble guide to the library and their guides to other Downing College buildings.
Finding and borrowing books
- The library offers a Request & Collect service for our holdings (Screen reader friendly details here). 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 two video guides to help with searching the catalogue and finding library books and a guide (with video) to using the library’s self-issue machine.
- Our library map, including tripos locations, is available here.
- 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 get in touch by email: email@example.com
Studying in and using the library
- We have two standing desks on the ground floor. There are also two desk-top tables that can be used to create a raised surface for standing study and have an angled section (eg. for laptops). The desk-top tables can be moved around as required.
- 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.
- There are book rests and A4 white boards which are available for use in the library. These are held in the ground floor reference section adjacent the self-issue machine.
- 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!
- Either speak to a member of staff or get in touch 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