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Planning your visit to us

The first time you plan to come to the Library, we would encourage you to book a tour with one of our Accessibility Librarians, who will be able to show you the space in person, help you find specific facilities and answer any questions that you have.

You can get in touch in a way that suits you:

  • Email:
  • Telephone: +44 (0)121 483 2208

You can also book an accessibility appointment using our online booking form

Getting to the Library

There are accessible parking spaces in the visitor car park, staff car park and student car park.

The Library is in the St Chad Building – entry is through the Atrium, on the same level as the main University Reception Desk. Entry to the main Atrium is step free. If you enter using the Lower Atrium on the staff car park side, which is also step-free, there is a lift to level 1. The exit of the lift on level 1 in the main Atrium is right next to the Library entrance.

During unstaffed hours you will need to use your swipe card to get in, but the doors will open automatically when you exit.

Once you enter the Library, we have 3 floors (Level 0, Level 1 and Level 2), which you can get to by lift or stairs to your left-hand side.

Getting around the Library

All Library floors are accessible using the lift, which can be found next to the stairs to the left of the entrance. There are accessible toilets on all floors. These can also be found next to the stairs.

Library shelving bays are wide enough to be accessible by wheelchair users or those with other mobility aids. The highest shelf on our shelving units is 150cm tall.

You can use the Library to access Student Support services. These are located across the bridge on level 2. Take the lift in the Library to level 2. You will find the automatic doors to Student Support next to where the shelving bays start again on the right hand side of level 2 as you exit the lift.

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