Disability Resource Centre (DRC)

Faculty of Philosophy

Contact Details

Sidgwick Avenue,
Cambridge CB3 9DA
01223 335 090
01223 335 091

Access Issues

Jane Clare
01223 335 090
01223 335 091

Location, Services and Transport

Sidgwick Site. See separate entry for Sidgwick Site.

General Information

Housed on second and third floors of Raised Faculty Building — see also entry for the Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages.


No smoking anywhere in the building.

Medical facilities

First aider in building.

Emergency procedures

Evacuation chairs fitted. All staff have had training on how to use the evacuation chairs. Staff are there during office hours. The Disability Liaison Officer is happy to help with emergency evacuation arrangements for use of the building out of hours if necessary. Disability Liaison Officer is fire warden during office hours.

Physical Access


Level access at main entrance, through two sets of glass double doors. Security swipecard system out of hours. Swipecard also opens glass doors automatically if required.

Number of floors

Faculty on third floor of building. Library on second floor.

Lifts and stairs

Lift to all floors.

Lecture theatres

Most lectures take place in Lecture Block - see separate entry.

Seminar/teaching rooms

Some seminar and teaching rooms within faculty, all accessible. Boardroom, also accessible, sometimes used for teaching.


Library and all bookshelves are accessible. Staff will fetch books and help as necessary.

Computer facilities

Accessibility computer available. Chairs with armrests available.


Disabled toilets on ground floor and third floor.

Common rooms

Common room on third floor of faculty, level and accessible.

Visual Impairments

Assistance dogs

Assistance dogs welcome.

Computer facilities

Magnification software installed on one computer.

Large print, Braille and audio

Large print version of library guide available. Other information available in large print, and on different coloured paper, on prior request.

Library and magnification equipment

Good lighting in library. Magnifying glass available. Photocopier available.

Signs and wayfinding

Good signs, and the department is small.

Hearing Impairments

Induction loops

Portable induction loop available.


  • Library is carpeted and usually very quiet.

Specific Learning Difficulties and Mental Health Issues

The Disability Liaison Officer will take care to discuss all your needs and pass on information to lecturers and directors of studies.

Planned Access Improvements

There is very good communication between the faculty and the library.

The information on this page is the responsibility of the Department of Philosophy. The DRC updates information as it is received from the Department. This page was last updated on 5th December 2012. To ensure the information contained here is current, please check with the Department of Philosophy.