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Joining and Using the Library

A guide to visiting, finding library collections, using the photocopiers and printing, and how to contact us


The Warburg Institute is committed to ensuring that all our readers are able to take advantage of our collections and services.

There is a designated disabled parking space immediately outside the Institute. A ramp at the right-hand side of the main doors gives access into the building.

Two lifts - at Reception and next to the Reading Room - give access to the building from the ground floor. Please note that the Library lift is small and may not be suitable for wheelchair use.

Accessible toilets are located in the basement and on the 3rd floor.

If you would like to bring an assistant with you, we are happy to provide access for them.

Assistance Dogs for guidance are welcome.

If you are a wheelchair user or have very limited mobility, it would be helpful if you could inform staff which floor you are working on so that we can help you in the event of an emergency.

The emergency alarm is a continuous ringing bell. There are no visual alarms in the Library.

In the event of an emergency evacuation, please leave the Library by the nearest exit if you are able to do so. Staff will make a sweep of the Library to alert readers. If you are having difficulty reaching a fire escape or stairwell, please alert a member of staff.

Depending on where you are working, you should act on the following guidance:

Ground floor: make your way to the disabled exit at the main entrance. If this is not possible, please go to the fire escape at the back of the Reading Room. In the event of a genuine fire alarm, your presence will be reported to the fire brigade who will evacuate you.

Basement, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th floors: please make your way to the main stairwell where a member of staff can assist you with an evacuation chair. If this is not possible, please go to the library stairwell or fire escape. In the event of a genuine fire alarm, your presence will be reported to the fire brigade who will evacuate you.

There is a designated accessibility desk on the 3rd floor of the Library. The desk is electronically height adjustable and is paired with a large-screen workstation and an orthopaedic chair. It is installed with the following assistive software: Inspiration 9, ClaroRead Pro, ZoomText M/R, TextHelp R&W, Mindview 6, Dragon Pro, Jaws Pro.

One of the computers in the Reading Room (RR4) is equipped with a touch screen monitor that can be used by visually-impaired readers.

We can provide a range of equipment including: assistive software and wide computer screens on many Library computers, portable hearing induction loop, desk lamps, coloured page overlays, magnifying glass and book supports.

Please ask staff at the Reading Room enquiries desk for further details.

Library staff are happy to fetch items from the stacks and bring them to the Reading Room on the ground floor for you. Please just ask at the Reading Room enquiries desk.

To request a fetch service in advance please email your list to or call us on 020 7862 8936.

Photocopiers are located in the ground-floor Reading Room corridor. All photocopiers have an enlarging function that may help if you have a visual impairment. We are happy to help you if you need support using the copiers.

A portable hearing induction loop is available in the Reading Room. Please inform a member of staff if you would like it to be used.

Your discussions with Library staff are confidential. However, it may be necessary store information on your record (with your permission) or to share information with a third party in order to make adjustments to the service and to prevent you from repeatedly having to explain your needs to different members of staff.

For general support in the Library ask at the Reading Room enquiries desk on the ground floor, or call 020 7862 8936 if you are outside the Library.