Old Addenbrooke’s Hospital (main building), fully converted in 1996. Very good access, despite being a listed building.
Simon Sainsbury Centre (SSC). Opened 2017 and has excellent accessibility provision.
Keynes House. Modifications have produced a good level of accessibility.
The three buildings on the main site are interconnected at several levels by flat corridors or a shallow-raked ramp.
All new members are given an induction pack and tour, but please ask if you may need longer to familiarise yourself with the building and facilities.
Assistance dogs welcome.
No smoking anywhere in the buildings.
Seven first aiders in the buildings, and more in neighbouring departments.
Evacuation chairs fitted in the Addenbrooke’s Building and Keynes House. Lifts in the Simon Sainsbury Centre are designed for use in emergencies and lift lobbies have refuge points with two-way communication links.
Report to Reception by calling 39700 if you will need help evacuating in an emergency.
Level access to main entrance through wide, heavy, manual door. Regular disabled users can be issued an access card to mechanically operate this and certain other doors across the site. Ask at Reception for details. Low counter at reception. Wheelchair users can access the rear of the reception desks should a knee recess be required.
Number of floors
Six floors in total, including ground floor.
Lifts and stairs
Addenbrooke’s Building: two large lifts to all floors. All stairs have handrails, although those on the central staircases are rather awkward.
Simon Sainsbury Centre: two large lifts to all floors. All stairs have handrails.
Keynes House: one lift to all floors. Stairs have handrails.
Corridors connecting the three buildings are flat.
Addenbrooke’s Building: three lecture theatres, all with level access to front (with powered access doors) and back via lift. Tiered padded fold-down seating. Seats can be removed if necessary. in LT1 and LT2 to accommodate wheelchair users. LT3 has spaces for wheelchair users on the front row.
Simon Sainsbury Centre: two lecture theatres on the Ground Floor. Both have two spaces for wheelchair users on the front row and powered access doors.
Seminar and meeting rooms, all with level access from lift, and all spacious, with moveable furniture.
Ground and mezzanine level (Addenbrooke’s Building). Ground floor entrance with automatic doors, with access to mezzanine by external lift or stairs with handrails. Mezzanine has manually-operated doors. Please ask library staff to enable access to the mezzanine if required. Spacious, with plenty of workspace inside including two height adjustable desks.
Computer laboratory on ground floor of the Addenbrooke’s Building. Level and accessible, with moveable chairs. Wireless Internet throughout the buildings, with guest access on request – contact the IT Help Desk on 61700.
Addenbrooke’s Building: three disabled toilets in total, one on the ground floor adjacent to Reception, one in the second floor link to the Simon Sainsbury Centre and one on the south staircase third floor adjacent to the lift. Other toilets are large and spacious.
Simon Sainsbury Centre: wheelchair accessible toilets are located adjacent to toilet blocks on all floors.
Additional enlarged cubicles with grab-rails and outward opening doors have been provided for ambulant users in all toilet blocks.
Keynes House: disabled toilet/shower room on the first floor (no alarm).
Addenbrooke’s Building: Common Room with staffed coffee bar on second floor. Spacious, with moveable chairs and tables, mostly of good height.
Simon Sainsbury Centre: second floor Dining Room, serving breakfast (in term time) and lunch. Moveable furniture. Counter heights and knee recesses have been provided in the kitchenettes on the third and fourth floors.
Some teaching takes place in Mill Lane lecture rooms. Please advise well in advance if this might be a problem.