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Accessibility and Disability Resource Centre


Contact Details

Laundress Lane,
Cambridge CB2 1SD
01223 338 094
01223 767 094

Access Issues

Dr Kevin Greenbank
01223 338 084
01223 767 094

Location, Services and Transport

Laundress Lane, between the Mill pub on Mill Lane and the Anchor on Silver Street. See separate entry for Old Press Site.

General Information

Cross-disciplinary research centre open to students from across the University and to researchers from around the world. Please call in advance and bring photo ID if you are not a member of the University. Physical access to the building and Library itself is difficult. However, arrangements can often be made to transfer books and archives to the University Library — please discuss with the librarian.


No smoking anywhere in the building.

Medical facilities

First aiders in nearby buildings on the Old Press Site.

Emergency procedures

Evacuation over bridge into Assistants' Club. No evacuation chairs. CCTV cameras recently installed to tighten security.

Physical Access


Narrow green door (with very small sign) off Laundress Lane. The lane is uneven and difficult for those with mobility problems. No bell for assistance. Steps and stairs to get anywhere in the building.

Number of floors

Three floors in total, including ground floor.

Lifts and stairs

No lift. Stairs have a continuous handrail on the left. Some heavy doors.

Seminar/teaching rooms

Offices on first floor, up steep stairs, off narrow, carpeted corridor. Heavy double doors. Seminars are held in offices.


Library on second floor, up steep stairs. Intercom at door. Arrangements can be made to transfer books if needed — please discuss with the librarian Rachel Rowe (email

Computer facilities

Members have their own computers. No central computer facilities.


No disabled toilets. There are disabled toilets in the nearby University Centre.

Common rooms

No common room.

Visual Impairments

Assistance dogs

Assistance dogs welcome.

Large print, Braille and audio

Large print information on prior request.

Library and magnification equipment

Magnifying glasses available in library. Good lighting. Photocopier available.

Signs and wayfinding

Very small sign at main entrance, and no directional signage within the building.


  • Laundress Lane can be very dark at night. Beware dustbins and other obstructions, and the uneven paving.

Hearing Impairments

Induction loops

No induction loops currently.


  • Carpeted and quiet in library. There is some noise from the punts outside during summer.

Specific Learning Difficulties and Mental Health Issues

Arrangements for members with Specific Learning Difficulties are on an individual basis, in conjunction with the Accessibility and Disability Resource Centre. Discuss your needs with the Disability Liaison Officer.

The information on this page is the responsibility of the Centre of South Asian Studies. The ADRC updates information as it is received from the Department. To ensure the information contained here is current, please check with the Centre of South Asian Studies.