Access & Participation with Cambridge University Libraries
There are over a hundred libraries in Cambridge, consisting of very different styles and ages of building and so presenting different challenges from an accessibility perspective. For example, there may be narrow spaces between shelves or books shelved over two metres high in some libraries, so some users may require assistance. Conversely, many libraries provide different seating and desk options to cater to different needs and requirements, and lifts may be available in some libraries to improve access.
There is more information on the accessibility of a number of Cambridge libraries on the University's AccessAble site, and on the Accessibility LibGuide site.
If you have any questions on accessibility, contact the Accessibility Team by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Many Cambridge libraries, including some Colleges, Departments and Faculties as well as the University Library, are open to school visits as part of University of Cambridge outreach, access and Access & Participation activities.
Most of these visits are organised by the Cambridge Schools Liaison Officers (SLOs), who are based in specific Cambridge colleges, or Access Officers in specific Departments and Faculties, and can incorporate subject-specific or general teaching sessions and activities.
To find out more about arranging library visits or virtual tours for school groups, our Contact a Library page gives you details of libraries who may be able to offer support for outreach activities, or you can contact us with your requirements and we can put you in touch with the right library for your needs.
To discuss arranging school visits to Cambridge, please contact your outreach practitioner / Schools Liaison Officer in the first instance. All SLOs cover a targeted Link Area in the UK, so each area has a particular SLO to contact.
Look up your Link Area and SLO on the College Area Links website.
While College libraries tend to be for the use of members of that College only, some are open to the public during regular hours. If you are an outreach practitioner or teacher planning in bringing a school group to a library that is open to the public, please do contact the library well in advance as there may be restrictions on numbers, especially during term time and the exam period.
For more information and updates on public opening and regular exhibitions in Cambridge libraries, please see the Cambridge Colleges Library and Archive Exhibitions and Events website.
For more general information about College Libraries, please see the Cambridge College Libraries LibGuide.
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