Reader assistance and support

Merton College Library aims to provide the best access possible for members and readers. The library reading rooms are split between Mob Quad and the Old Warden’s Lodgings (OWL). Mob lower library has step-free access, though the small computer room is accessed via one small step. Access to the ground floor of OWL from a street-level entrance can be arranged on request.

Prospective students or visitors with disabilities who have queries about the facilities and services available are invited to contact the Deputy Librarian.

Further access information about Merton College can be found in the University Access Guide.

Equipment available for use

The following equipment is available for use:

In OWL (by self-issue machine unless otherwise stated):

  • 11 coloured sheet overlays
  • 10 coloured reading rulers
  • 3 magnifying glasses and 1 magnifier on a stand
  • 1 magnifying sheet
  • 1 magnifier on stand
  • 1 ruler magnifier
  • 2 whiteboard kits (A3 size)
  • 2 lumbar support cushions
  • 2 square cushions
  • 2 metal laptop stands
  • 3 desk lamps (LED, dimmable) – 1 each in History, Classics/Philosophy, Sciences/Modern Languages and Law
  • 1 portable hearing loop – kept behind enquiry desk
  • 2 portable disc drives (USB) – please speak to staff to borrow one
  • 2 pairs of headphones - please speak to staff to borrow a pair
  • 1 USB keyboard
  • 1 USB mouse
  • Single-use earplugs
  • 1 electric height-adjustable desk (in OWL computer room)
  • 3 biochemistry kits
  • Wooden bookstands can be found in most reading rooms
  • Colour paper for printing (available on request)

In Mob:

  • 1 tabletop standing desk
  • 1 electric height-adjustable desk
  • 2 desk lamps (LED, dimmable)
  • 1 metal laptop stand
  • Colour paper for printing (available on request)
Book Delivery Service

The library offers a book delivery service for students who are unable to reach the library. Library staff will collect items from the shelves and bring them to a locker in the student post room for collection, usually within two working days of the request being made. We do not require a referral from the welfare team and you do not need to have declared a disability.