The main entrance to the library is on the Main Quad via a wide stone staircase – this has a central handrail but no contrasting edgings. The doors are manually operated and fairly heavy. This entrance opens into a lobby area with the enquiry desk to the left, a small break out area to the right, and a corridor ahead that runs along the width of the library. The enquiry desk is fairly high and at present does not have a lowered section.
There is a level entrance at the side of the library near the ROQ accommodation buildings. The door here is access controlled and manually operated. This gives access across the ground floor of the library, including several study areas. There are several manual doors along this route, although they are not too heavy.
Unfortunately the basement, ground floor extension, and first floor of the library can only be accessed via stairs.
The main reading room of the library is on the first floor. Access is by stairs only – there is a staircase at both ends of the building. The doors into the reading room at both ends are narrow and heavy. There is an upper mezzanine gallery accessed by narrow stairs at either end of the reading room.
There are smaller study areas spread throughout the library, including on the ground floor.
Bookshelves throughout the library are floor to ceiling. Staff are happy to help if required.
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