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Accessibility and Disability Resource Centre


Contact Details

Sidgwick Avenue,
Cambridge CB3 9DA
01223 335 000

Access Issues

Ms Ulrike Balser
01223 335 037

Location, Services and Transport

Sidgwick Site. See separate entry for Sidgwick Site.

General Information

MML is a split site. The main building is the Raised Faculty Building, which is spread over four floors and is mainly offices and small supervision rooms. Some linguistics lectures and supervisions take place in the Faculty of English building at 9, West Road. See separate entry: Faculty of English. Most lectures take place in the Lecture Block — see separate entry.


No smoking anywhere in the building.

Medical facilities

First aiders in building.

Emergency procedures

If you feel that you may need assistance in the event of an emergency, please ensure that you report to the Faculty Office in Room 121 upon arrival to the building. In the event of an emergency, you will be escorted to a fire refuge point and according to your Personal / General Emergency Evacuation Plan will be aided in your evacuation procedure by trained staff. An evacuation chair is located in the building but may not be accessible (depending on the location of any incident). There are staff in the building who are trained in its use. Fire wardens will help in the event of a fire. The stairwells at each end of the building are refuge points. Advise the issue desk when you enter and exit the library if you would need help evacuating.

Physical Access


A ramp has recently been installed to allow access to the entry level of the building. Level access at the main entrance is through two sets of glass double doors with a push-button opening system. A security swipe card system is used out of hours.

Number of floors

There are four floors, but the ground floor is a lobby only. Push button access has been installed, allowing access to the whole of the first floor and to the main teaching areas on the upper two floors.

Lifts and stairs

Lift to all floors. Winding staircases with handrails.

Lecture theatres

Most lectures take place in Lecture Block — see separate entry.

Seminar/teaching rooms

Department teaching rooms all accessible via lift. Height-adjustable desk in the Graduate Centre.


Over three floors. Level access to first floor. Smooth, carpeted and spacious. Aisles mostly wide, and accessible work areas. Upper floors accessed via internal stairs (with handrails) or external lift and key.

Computer facilities

Twelve networked computers on first floor in the MML Library. Six catalogue computers, at standing height only on first and second floors in the MML Library. Personal laptops welcome throughout the Library.


Accessible toilets at ground and third floor levels.


  • Computer Assisted Language Learning room (CALL) has level access from lift. Fairly small and cramped, especially in cubicles, but possible.
  • Literary and Linguistic Computing centre on top floor, accessed via lift.
  • Faculty of Philosophy also housed in this building, on top floor — see separate entry.

Visual Impairments

Assistance dogs

Assistance dogs welcome.

Large print, Braille, alternative editions, and audio

Large print information, enlargements, and other alternative editions can be provided with prior notice give to library staff. There are a few audio CDs and tapes for language learning.

Library and magnification equipment

Library staff are very helpful. Feel free to contact the Teaching & Learning Support Librarian Hélène Fernandes and 01223 335014) for discussing individual requirements, such as extended loans and other personalised Library support.

Excellent lighting, and individual lights on desks. Magnifying glasses available from library staff. Photocopier available for enlargements. One height-adjustable desk with ergonomic chair. ‘Back-friend’ for readers with back problems.

Signs and wayfinding

Good, clear signs.

Hearing Impairments

Induction loops

Portable induction loops available. There are loops in some areas of the Lecture Block — see separate entry.


  • Library is quiet, carpeted and softly furnished.

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 Modern and Medieval Languages. The ADRC updates information as it is received from the Faculty. This page was last updated on 6th June 2017. To ensure the information contained here is current, please check with the Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages.