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Accessibility and Disability Resource Centre


Contact Details

Sidgwick Avenue,
Cambridge, CB3 9DT
01223 335 360
01223 335 356

Access Issues

Ms Caroline Edwards
01223 335 370
01223 335 356

Location, Services and Transport

Sidgwick Site. See separate entry for Sidgwick Site.

General Information

New building, opened May 2005, with good access facilities. Security swipe card system throughout building. Visitors with disability requirements are encouraged to contact the Institute prior to the visit so that where relevant, assistance can be provided. The Library can be contacted on 01223 335372 and Reception on 01223 335360.


No smoking anywhere in the building.

Medical facilities

First aiders in building.

Emergency procedures

One motorised evacuation chair.

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

Lift to all floors, requiring security proximity card. Stairs all have handrails.

Lecture theatres

Lectures all take place in building. Lecture theatre in basement, accessed by lift, with level seating and moveable furniture.

Seminar/teaching rooms

Seminar and teaching rooms in basement, accessed by lift, with level seating and moveable furniture.


Over two floors. Level access to ground floor. A powered door has been installed. Carpeted and spacious, with low counter. Upper level accessed via internal stairs or external lift. Regular users can arrange an access card to enter upper floor. Workspaces can be reserved.

Computer facilities

Computer room in basement, accessed by lift. Some computers in library.


Disabled toilet on each floor.

Common rooms

Common room in basement, accessed by lift. Round tables and moveable chairs.

Visual Impairments

Assistance dogs

Assistance dogs welcome.

Computer facilities

Currently no special hardware or software for visually impaired users.

Large print, Braille and audio

Large print information on prior request. Coloured paper available for photocopying.

Library and magnification equipment

Workspaces can be reserved where this is more light. Extra lights on some individual desks. Magnifying sheets available. Photocopier available.

Signs and wayfinding

Good signs and clear directions.

Hearing Impairments

Induction loops

No induction loops.


  • Library is softly furnished with carpets and sofas, and very quiet.

Specific Learning Difficulties and Mental Health Issues

Coloured paper available for photocopying. Individual help can be given.

Planned Access Improvements

None at present.

The information on this page is the responsibility of the Institute of Criminology. The ADRC updates information as it is received from the Institute. This page was last updated on 23rd May 2012. To ensure the information contained here is current, please check with the Institute of Criminology.