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Whipple Library

Department of History and Philosophy of Science

Library staff are very happy to be of assistance to disabled readers. You are welcome to contact us by email, telephone, or in person to discuss any concerns or requirements you have, or make suggestions.

Physical access

The main entrance to the library is through the Department of HPS, via several flights of stairs. Step-free access is available via an alternative route through the Whipple Museum: see the map below. Please contact us in advance and we can direct you as necessary. This entrance is available 09.00-17.30 Monday to Friday.

Within the library there is lift access to all floors, and a gender neutral wheelchair-accessible bathroom.

Using library resources

Electronic access to many of our resources is available - you can search for e-resources using iDiscover. Key reading list texts not available electronically may also be scanned and uploaded to Moodle.

The space between stacks is 100cm in the main library, and 70cm in the Old Library. There are kick-stools available on each floor. Library staff are able to fetch books if needed.

Loan periods are typically 28 days for open shelf material, and 1 day for reserve books. Books can be renewed online through your library account, or you can ask library staff to renew books for you.

Library rules are available here.

Documents in alternative formats

The University has access to Sensus Access, which is a service designed to allow students and staff to create accessibly-formatted versions of digital documents (e-book, text file, audio, or braille).

You can use this link to convert documents to alternative formats.

Additional support

If you have concerns or requirements that are not covered by the above, we are happy to discuss these with you.

Students may get in contact with us directly, or speak to the Disability Resource Centre about obtaining a Student Support Document that lists additional recommendations for support. All other library users can talk to us by email, telephone or in person.

Opening hours

09:30 - 17:00
Monday - Friday

Please note we will close at 3pm on Friday 17 September.