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Disability support

Accessing our libraries

Using the Kings Norton Library
Using the Management Information and Resource Centre (MIRC)
Using the Barrington Library
Academic Support Workers

Using the Kings Norton Library

A disabled parking space is located to the side of the Kings Norton Library next to building 82. Please see square D4 on the Cranfield campus map.

If you find it difficult to use the main revolving door, you can use the door to the right of the main entrance. Use the intercom on the left hand side of the door to ask a member of staff to open it for you. 

The Library has three floors. There is one lift which is primarily for the use of staff (for security reasons) and customers with mobility problems. If you need to use the lift to move between floors, please speak to a member of staff, either in person or by using the ‘Call for assistance’ button to the right of the lift doors on the ground floor.

If the fire alarm sounds, leave the building as quickly as possible via the nearest fire exit. Please be aware that you will not be able to use the lift. If you are a wheelchair user or suffer with mobility problems and are on the first floor when the alarm sounds, please go to one of the refuge areas in the stairwells at the back of the Library building and wait for assistance. Use the emergency call point or direct link phone in these areas to tell emergency services that you are there.

If you want to use any items of stock from the top floor of the building, but would be unable to use the stairs in the event of an emergency, or if your disability means that you are unable to access items stored in rolling shelving on the ground floor, please speak to a member of staff who will be happy to fetch them for you.

We can give you access to stock on the ground floor from the main foyer using a swipe card system, if it is easier for you than using the stairs.

The accessible toilet is at the rear of the Library atrium, on the left hand side.

Other facilities:

  • Height adjustable desk in the PC Hub
  • Hearing induction loop at Welcome and Enquiry Desks on first floor.

Using the Management Information and Resource Centre (MIRC)

The MIRC is on the first floor of Cranfield School of Management (building 111 – please see square E3 on the Cranfield campus map).
 
A disabled parking space is provided in the School of Management car park directly in front of the main entrance. A lift is available if you have difficulty using stairs; please ask at the main reception desk for directions. An accessible toilet is located on the ground floor in the Forum area.

Using the Barrington Library

The Barrington Library is located on the Defence Academy of the UK site at Shrivenham. A designated disabled parking space is provided in front of the Library. Entry is available via automatic sliding doors at the entrance and a lift is available if you have difficulty using the stairs. There are two accessible toilets located on the ground floor.

If the fire alarm sounds, leave the building as quickly as possible via the nearest fire exit. Please be aware that you will not be able to use the lift. If you are a wheelchair user or suffer with mobility problems and are on the first floor when the alarm sounds, please go to one of the refuge areas in either stairwell, and wait for assistance. Use the emergency call point in these areas to tell emergency services that you are there. An Evac-Chair is available at each refuge area.

If your disability means that you are unable to access items stored in the shelving, please speak to a member of staff who will be happy to fetch them for you.

The public computers in the library provide screen magnification software, an on-screen keyboard, sticky keys, Mindjet Manager mind-mapping software, an adaptable mouse and keyboard settings.

Academic Support Workers

If you have an Academic Support Worker to assist you we can arrange access to the libraries for them. Please contact one of the Library Accessibility Officers to arrange it. A separate account will be set up for your support worker to enable them to borrow, return and reserve books on your behalf. In order to comply with data protection regulations they will not have access to your own account.