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Accessibility and Disability Resource Centre


Contact Details

9 West Road,
Cambridge CB3 9DP
01223 335 070
01223 335 075

Access Issues

Ms Vicky Aldred
01223 335 070
01223 335 075

Location, Services and Transport

Sidgwick Site. See separate entry for Sidgwick Site.

General Information

New building, opened in 2005. Good access. Houses the Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic and the Department of Theoretical and Applied Linguistics (part of the Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages.)


No smoking anywhere in the building.

Medical facilities

One of the custodians has been trained in frontline first aid and there are first aiders on site nearby. Custodial staff have walky-talkies to enable fast communication if there is an accident.

Emergency procedures

Evacuation chairs on all floors near fire staircases and refuge points, where there are alarms. Fire staircases are safe areas. Fire wardens on all floors.

Physical Access


Level access at main entrance, through two sets of automatic doors.

Number of floors

Five floors in total, including basement.

Lifts and stairs

Large lift to all floors.

Lecture theatres

Many lectures take place in the building. Lecture theatres are all accessible by lift, with level seating.

Seminar/teaching rooms

All seminar and teaching rooms level and accessible.


Main entrance on ground floor, through two wide manual doors. Over three floors, accessed via external lift, but you must arrange for a librarian to open the doors from the inside. Low computer for catalogue checking in basement. Spacious and carpeted.

Computer facilities

Computers mostly on ground floor of library, all low and accessible. Some computers in graduate study area on second floor, all accessible.


Disabled toilets on all floors except ground floor.

Common rooms

Seating area on ground floor with low tables and chairs, and some drinks machines. Spacious, with moveable furniture.

Visual Impairments

Assistance dogs

Assistance dogs welcome.

Computer facilities

Scanner available in library, for use with Kurzweil software.

Large print, Braille and audio

Large print information on prior request — exam papers have been enlarged in the past. Lift has touch-readable buttons and audio information.

Library and magnification equipment

Good lighting in library, with large windows and extra lights on individual desks. Electronic text magnification device in library, on loan from the Accessibility and Disability Resource Centre. Photocopier available.

Signs and wayfinding

Good, clear signs and directions.


  • Stairs are all marked, and have contrasting handrails. Large windows and good lighting throughout building.

Hearing Impairments

Induction loops

Induction loop in the large lecture theatre.


  • Flashing alarm fitted in drama studio in basement.
  • Mostly carpeted, with fairly soft furnishings throughout building.

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.

Planned Access Improvements

Improvements as and when needed — do ask if you have any requests.

The information on this page is the responsibility of the Faculty of English. The ADRC updates information as it is received from the Faculty. This page was last updated on 16 April 2014. To ensure the information contained here is current, please check with the Faculty of English.