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Accessibility and Disability Resource Centre


Contact Details

West Road,
Cambridge CB3 9EF
01223 335 340

Access Issues

Mrs Liz Partridge
01223 335 313

Location, Services and Transport

Sidgwick Site. See separate entry for Sidgwick Site.

General Information

Large faculty. Adaptations have been made to facilitate access.


No smoking anywhere in the building.

Medical facilities

First aider usually in building, and others on site.

Emergency procedures

Evacuation chairs, with staff trained in their use.

Physical Access


Main and back entrances both level, through automatic push-button doors.

Number of floors

Eight floors in total, including basement.

Lifts and stairs

Lift to all floors except sixth floor and lower ground.

Lecture theatres

Most lectures take place in the building. Lecture rooms on second and third floors, accessible by lift or stairs. Currently, lower ground floor rooms only accessible via short flight of stairs. Level, with moveable furniture.

Seminar/teaching rooms

Seminar and teaching rooms mostly accessible by lift. Level, with moveable furniture.


Level entrance to foyer. Seven steps with handrail down to main area, or wheelchair lift. The study desks and majority of the book collection are located on the lower ground floor, with some material on a higher mezzanine level which staff can retrieve on request.

Computer facilities

Graduate computer room on first floor, accessed by lift. Out of hours access via ramp and short flight of steps with handrail. Undergraduate computers in library on lower ground floor, accessible by short flight of steps or wheelchair lift. Several other computers for internet and email are available at ground level.


Disabled toilet on ground floor.

Common rooms

Student common room on first floor, accessed by lift.

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.

Library and magnification equipment

Good lighting and large windows in library, with extra lights on individual desks. Photocopier available.

Signs and wayfinding

Clear signs.

Hearing Impairments

Induction loops

No induction loops.


  • Library is rather large and echoey, with hard furnishings, so sound does travel.

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 Faculty of History. The ADRC updates information as it is received from the Department. This page was last updated on 5 June 2017. To ensure the information contained here is current, please check with the Faculty of History.