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Help for users with disabilities

Guidance on using the Library and other tips for users with disabilities

Emergency Evacuation procedures

We recommend that all users familiarise themselves with the locations of the various fire exits. Copies of Floor plans can be viewed on the website and are available throughout the building. If you have any concerns about what to do in an emergency we recommend that you email library@reading.ac.uk to discuss preparing a Personal Emergency Evacuation Plan.

In the event of a fire, the fire alarm will sound throughout the building, accompanied by lights flashing on the alarm sensors. Members of Library staff will also sweep the floors alerting users to the need to leave and directing them to the nearest fire exits.

  • Do not try to use the lifts when the fire alarm rings. In the event of a fire alarm the lifts will go to the Ground Floor and the doors will remain open until the emergency is over. This is to prevent people getting stuck in the lifts during a fire.
  • Make your way to one of the fire protected refuge areas if you are unable to leave the building without assistance. These can be identified by the green fire exit sign showing a wheelchair. The refuge areas are designed to provide protection from fire and smoke for half an hour.
  • Use the intercom to alert University security to your presence. They will alert the fire brigade, who will arrive within minutes.

The evacuation procedures remain the same throughout Library opening hours. Please note that after 17:00 and at weekends only the Ground Floor is permanently staffed.