Disabled Access

There is a small lift serving all floors. The dimensions are 63cm (24¾ inches) by 115.5cm (45½ inches) with a doorway width of 80cm (31½ inches). If your chair is too large to fit we have several solutions:

You can bring a friend or relative to do the fetching and carrying for you (They will not be charged for access to the library provided they are not doing any research for themselves).

Alternatively, if you telephone a week or more in advance of your visit, we can arrange for a friendly volunteer to run around for you. You will have a table to use in the ground floor Common Room or the Lecture Room which are both adjacent to the disabled access toilet.

There are terminals for the library catalogue on all floors but it is also available on the Internet. If the material you need to use is on microfiche or film we can arrange to have a reader set up for you and Internet access can also be arranged.

If you can use our lift, the gangways are wide enough for a wheelchair but the shelving is very high. There should be a member of staff or a volunteer on all floors to help you except on a Saturday when staffing is reduced by half.


There is no disabled parking designated outside the Society’s building (Islington Council has, so far, refused) but parking restrictions cease at 1.30 pm. on Saturday.

Hearing Impaired

There is a portable hearing loop at Reception which can be moved from floor to floor if you need it and there is also a permanent hearing loop installed in the Lecture Room.


If you have time at the end of your visit, please could you ask for the Head of Archive and Library Services, Francisca Mkandawire, to give us feedback on your experience and help us to improve our service to you? Thank you.