The Institute aims to provide a flexible service to meet individual needs. Individual departments including the Wohl Library have available a range of assistive equipment and software for our users.

Using the Wohl Library

Getting around

The Institute is located in the north wing of the Senate House building, accessible from the entrance below the Senate House tower. Lift access is available to all floors. If the lift isn’t working we can make other arrangements. Heavy doors and high shelving in some locations mean that readers may need help. We can provide access for an assistant or offer a fetch service.

Accessible toilets are located on the lower ground and floor 1.

You can take a virtual tour of the IHR with Google to help with planning your visit. You can navigate between floors using the floor numbers on the right hand side.

If you require a parking space please contact in advance so that we can reserve one for you.

Emergency evacuation

There are designated Refuge points with an Emergency Call Point on each floor for people unable to use the stairs.

Assistive equipment

The library has a range of assistance equipment and software:


  • Two adjustable tables.
  • Two 'daylight' lamps with magnifiers.


Readers are recommended to use the in-built Windows accessibility software.

Library leaflets and guides

Library leaflets can be made available in alternative formats. Please ask if you need this service.


Library staff are able to provide a copying service to make copies available in a variety of formats, e.g. large print, scans converted to text. Please contact us to discuss your needs.

Further help

Please let us know if there are any other aspects of the library which you feel could be improved. Library staff are happy to help users with individual requirements. For more information contact the library enquiry office: email: or phone: 020 7862 8760.

IHR disability statement


The Institute of Historical Research (IHR) promotes equal opportunities in all activities irrespective of disability, ethnic origin, gender, marital status, social class, number of children, age, political beliefs or sexual orientation.

The IHR fully supports the University of London's Equal Opportunities Policy Statement and the School of Advanced Study's Policy on Students with Disabilities. Copies of these are available from the University web site. This statement supplements these statements and policies.

We hope that we have created an atmosphere in which Institute visitors, students and staff are encouraged to disclose information relating to any disability. All such information will be treated as confidential. See contact details below.

Access to the building

There are ramps enabling access to Senate House and to the Institute itself, and a lift to all floors. However, narrow spaces, high shelving and heavy doors in some locations may mean that users need assistance. Staff are usually available to help and can be contacted via reception.

Access to information

The IHR website is disabled-friendly in terms of the colour contrasts and scalable text. The IHR endeavours to prepare all correspondence in text which is no smaller than 12 point. Where possible, the Institute will supply information in larger text size, and on other formats if notice is given.

Information for people attending meetings and events

Please contact the IHR reception if you have any specific requirements when attending events or booking rooms. A portable induction loop is available from the reception desk for use in meetings and seminars.

Information for library users

Library staff are happy to provide assistance in using the library, for example by retrieving books, and helping with photocopying. A range of assistive equipment is available, including an adjustable table and magnifying lamps. Please see above for further information.

Applications and enrolments

The IHR welcomes applications from disabled students who are considered according to the same academic criteria as all others. Special consideration will be given to applicants with disabilities with a view to accommodating their needs.

Applicants are encouraged to disclose details of their disability on the relevant section on the application form. However it should be noted, that such information will not be disclosed to any unauthorised party, and will be kept confidential if the applicant so wishes. When a disclosure is made the applicant is contacted by the School’s disability advisory team who will put in place a plan to assist with teaching and assessing for both the applicant and the tutor.  Application can be supplied in larger print if required.

Applicant information accessed via the Institute's web site can be adjusted to large print if required.

Specific arrangements can be made for enrolment and registration to meet students' needs.

Teaching and assessing

All supervisors, tutors and staff dealing with admissions have been supplied with a copy of best practice guidelines for ensuring the equality of disabled students in relation to admissions, enrolments, teaching and assessment practices.

Applicants should note that most teaching will take place in the Institute, which has lift access, suitable for the mobility-impaired, to all floors. Applicants should note that entry to some of the library facilities and offices may present difficulties for the mobility impaired. The library has a range of equipment and services to assist disabled users, see above for further information. A portable induction loop is available from the reception desk.

Applicants are invited to visit the building to assess accessibility.

Supervisors, tutors and lecturers will endeavour to ensure that provision is made for disabled students as appropriate. This may include:

  • Ensuring enough time between sessions to allow movement from one classroom to another.
  • Making appropriate amendments to course delivery including providing handouts in advance, offering short breaks to students/interpreters, and flexible deadlines.
  • Giving consideration to the balance of assessed course work and examinations

The IHR offers a wide range of services for students with disabilities when taking examinations. These are detailed in the School of Advanced Study's Policy Statement and include the use of an amanuensis, arrangements for typing papers, extra time allowance for dyslexic students, special seating, and allowing short breaks.

Further support and contact information

The Director of the IHR has responsibility for ensuring that it complies with its legal requirements. The IHR's policy and its compliance with legal requirements will be monitored and reviewed regularly.

The Institute cannot claim to be able to accommodate all students with disabilities, but it will make all reasonable adjustments to do so.

Conor Wyer, the Institute Manager, is the Disability Support co-ordinator.


IHR disability statement as a PDF

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