Accessibility information for Homerton Library

We want to make the Library easy and comfortable to use for everyone.

We want to make the Library easy and comfortable to use for everyone. Below we've compiled some information about the physical space and other access considerations, as well as additional services we can provide for disabled users. If you think there's anything we should add or if you have questions, get in touch!

Library space

  • There is step-free access into the ground floor of the Library.
  • Unfortunately, there isn’t a person lift inside the Library, which means that the first and second floor can’t be accessed independently without using the stairs. However, we can arrange access via the main lift by the Porters’ Lodge and the fire escape doors on the first and second floor.
  • We are very happy to fetch books for you from the upper floors (or upper shelves) if needed.
  • There are two height-adjustable desks on the ground floor of the Library.
  • We can reserve a study space for you if you need a particular working environment.
  • The Library is open 24/7, so you can use the space at the times that work best for your daily rhythm.
  • Staff are available to help from 9am-5pm on weekdays, and 1pm-5pm on weekends in term time. If you’d like to arrange a one-to-one meeting with a librarian, email the Library and we will set one up (online or in person as appropriate).

Additional services

  • Fetching books: if your physical or mental health makes it difficult to use part or all of the Library, we can fetch books for you.
  • Proxy borrowing: if you have been assigned a helper from the Disability Resource Centre (DRC), please let us know so that we can arrange their induction and set up an account for them to borrow books on your behalf.
  • Please let us know if there are any library resources (posters, leaflets, etc.) that you would prefer in an alternative format.

Assistive Equipment (ask at the issue desk)

  • Earplugs
  • Book rests

Links and further resources

Disability Resource Centre

Accessibility LibGuide for Cambridge libraries

University Library – information for disabled users

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