York Explore Library

Library Square, York YO1 7DS

01904 552 828

york@exploreyork.org.uk

www.exploreyork.org.uk

Guide Last Updated: 29/03/2018

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Access Guide

  • Monday 09:00 - 20:00.

  • Tuesday 09:00 - 20:00.

  • Wednesday 09:00 - 20:00.

  • Thursday 09:00 - 20:00.

  • Friday 10:00 - 18:00.

  • Saturday 09:00 - 17:00.

  • Sunday 11:00 - 16:00.

  • There is a bus stop within 150m (164yds) of the venue.

  • The nearest National Rail station is York.

  • The venue does have its own car park.

  • Parking is not free for all users.

  • Parking is free for Blue Badge holders.

  • The car park is located at the front of the building.

  • The car park type is open air/surface.

  • Parking spaces for Blue Badge holders do not need to be booked in advance.

  • There is/are 2 Blue Badge parking bay(s) within the car park.

  • The nearest Blue Badge bay is 3m (3yd 10in) from the main entrance.

  • The furthest Blue Badge bay is 6m (6yd 1ft) from the main entrance.

  • The route from the car park to the entrance is accessible to a wheelchair user with assistance.

  • Assistance may be required because there is / are slopes/ramps.

  • The car park surface is tarmac.

  • There is not a road to cross between the car park and the entrance.

  • The car park does not have a height restriction barrier.

  • There is not a designated drop off point.

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  • This information is for the entrance located to the front of the building.

  • There is not level access into the venue.

  • The main door(s) open(s) away from you (push).

  • The door(s) is / are double.

  • The door(s) is / are permanently held open.

  • The width of the door opening is 150cm (4ft 11in).

  • There is a second set of doors.

  • The door(s) open(s) towards you (pull).

  • The door(s) is / are double.

  • The door(s) is / are permanently held open.

  • The width of the door opening is 150cm (4ft 11in).

  • There is a third set of doors at this entrance.

  • The doors open automatically.

  • The doors are double.

  • The width of the door opening is 116cm.

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  • There is a ramp/slope to access this area/service.

  • The ramp/slope is located beyond the entrance.

  • The ramp/slope is steep.

  • The ramp/slope is permanent.

  • There is a level landing at the top of the ramp/slope.

  • The ramp does have handrails.

  • The handrails are on both sides.

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  • The desk/counter is 20m (21yd 2ft) from the main entrance.

  • There is level access to the desk/counter from the entrance.

  • The desk/counter is medium height (77cm - 109cm).

  • The desk/counter has a low (76cm or lower) section.

  • The lighting levels are medium.

  • There is a hearing assistance system.

  • The type of system is a fixed loop.

  • Staff are trained to use the system.

  • There is seating at the reception desk.

  • Some of the seating is sofas with armrests either side.

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  • There is level access to the service(s).

  • This venue does not play background music.

  • Motorised scooters are allowed in public parts of the venue.

  • The lighting levels are medium.

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  • This library does not have a regular supply of books in Braille.

  • This library does have a regular supply of books in large print.

  • This library does have a regular supply of books in audio format.

  • There is an ordering service.

  • The library does have computers with accessible software.

  • Auxiliary aids are available for computer users.

  • A large rollerball mouse, height adjustable table and height adjustable chair is / are available.

  • Other computer auxiliary aids include an Aladdin reading machine.

  • Equipment available for people with a visual impairment includes Supernova, magnifiying glasses.

  • There is a self-issue/self-return area.

  • The height to the top of the touchscreens is 139cm.

  • The height of the card scanner is 96cm.

  • The height of the book scanner is 75cm.

  • The height of the coin slot is 84cm - 93cm.

  • The height to the card payment pinpad is 113cm - 120cm.

  • A high contrast option is available on the touchscreen.

  • The text size can be increased on the touchscreen.

  • There are children's computers.

  • The height of the children's computer desks is 72cm.

  • There is a catalogue computer in the archives and local history room.

  • The height of the computer desk is 92cm.

  • The computer has a moveable screen.

  • There is a Bookeye scanner in the archives and local history room.

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  • The following information is for the cafe.

  • The cafe is located to the right of the main library room as you enter.

  • Full table service is not available.

  • Food or drinks are ordered from the service counter.

  • Food or drinks can be brought to the table.

  • There is not a lowered section at the counter.

  • No tables are permanently fixed.

  • No chairs are permanently fixed.

  • Some chairs have armrests.

  • The nearest table is approximately 20m (21yd 2ft) from the main entrance.

  • The distance between the floor and the lowest table is 72cm (2ft 4in).

  • The distance between the floor and the highest table is 93cm (3ft 1in).

  • The standard height for tables is 72cm.

  • There is ample room for a wheelchair user to manoeuvre.

  • Plastic / takeaway cups are not available.

  • Plastic / takeaway cutlery is available.

  • Drinking straws are available.

  • Menus are wall only.

  • Menus are not available in Braille.

  • Menus are not available in large print.

  • Picture menus are not available.

  • Menus are clearly written.

  • Menus are presented in contrasting colours.

  • The type of food served here is snacks and sandwiches.

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  • The floors which are accessible by stairs are G-1.

  • There are 15+ steps between floors.

  • The steps are clearly marked.

  • The steps are medium (11cm - 17cm).

  • The steps do have handrails.

  • There is a landing.

  • The lighting levels are medium.

  • There are two identical sets of lower stairs, either side of the entrance corridor.

  • The handrails for the lower section of the stairs is on the same side as the entrance corridor.

  • The upper section of the stairs has handrails on both sides.

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  • There is a lift for public use.

  • The lift is located to the right as you enter the building.

  • The lift is a standard lift.

  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are G-1.

  • The lift is approximately 17m (18yd 1ft) from the main entrance.

  • Staff do not need to be notified for use of the lift.

  • The clear door width is 80cm (2ft 7in).

  • The dimensions of the lift are 110cm x 140cm (3ft 7in x 4ft 7in).

  • There are not separate entry and exit doors in the lift.

  • There is a mirror to aid reversing out of the lift.

  • The lift does have a visual floor indicator.

  • The lift does have an audible announcer.

  • The controls for the lift are within 90cm - 120cm from the floor.

  • The lift does not have Braille markings.

  • The lift does have tactile markings.

  • The lighting level in the lift is medium.

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  • There is a ramp/slope to access this area/service.

  • The ramp/slope is located on the left of the main library, leading to the Marriott and Brierley Rooms.

  • The ramp/slope is easy.

  • The ramp/slope is permanent.

  • There is a level landing at the top of the ramp/slope.

  • The ramp does not have handrails.

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  • The desk/counter is 14m (15yd 11in) from the lift.

  • There is level access to the desk/counter from the entrance.

  • The desk/counter is high (110cm+).

  • The desk/counter has a low (76cm or lower) section.

  • The lighting levels are medium.

  • There is not a hearing assistance system.

  • There is seating opposite the reception desk.

  • The seats are sofas with armrests on both sides.

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  • The Changing Places facility is currently out of use and closed (December 2017).

  • The facility is located at the rear of the library.

  • The facility is approximately 40m (43yd 2ft) from the main entrance.

  • There is level access to the facility.

  • You do not need a key for the facility.

  • The door opens inwards.

  • The width of the door is 79cm (2ft 7in).

  • The dimensions of the facility are 210cm x 470cm (6ft 11in x 15ft 5in).

  • The facility changing bench height is adjustable.

  • The facility changing bench is free standing.

  • The length of the facility changing bench is 165cm (5ft 5in).

  • The facility hoist is powered overhead.

  • The overhead hoist covers all areas in cubicle.

  • The sling is attached to the hoist by hook.

  • The facility toilet is peninsular.

  • The transfer space on the left as you face the toilet is 120cm (3ft 11in).

  • The transfer space on the right as you face the toilet is 100cm (3ft 3in).

  • Drop down rails are provided.

  • As you face the toilet the drop down rail(s) is/are on both sides.

  • The type of wash basin is fixed.

  • Wall mounted grab rails are available at the wash basin.

  • As you face the wash basin, the wall mounted grab rails are on both sides.

  • Disposal facilities are available.

  • A privacy screen is not available.

  • Wide tear off paper roll is available.

  • The facility has a non slip floor.

  • A functioning emergency alarm is not available.

  • It is out of reach (higher than 10cm (4") from the floor).

  • There is a baby change table in the changing place.

  • The height of the baby change table when extended is 89cm.

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  • There are accessible toilet facilities within this venue.

  • The toilet is not for the sole use of disabled people.

  • There is Braille, tactile and pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.

  • This accessible toilet is located on the first floor, ahead as you exit the lift.

  • There is not level access to this accessible toilet.

  • This is a unisex toilet.

  • A key is required for the accessible toilet.

  • The key is a radar key.

  • The key can be obtained from reception.

  • The door opens outwards.

  • The door is locked by a locking handle.

  • The width of the accessible toilet door is 86cm (2ft 10in).

  • The door is light.

  • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 160cm x 236cm (5ft 3in x 7ft 9in).

  • There is sufficient turning space in the cubicle for a wheelchair user.

  • There is a lateral transfer space.

  • As you face the toilet pan the transfer space is on the left.

  • The lateral transfer space is 77cm (2ft 6in).

  • There is a dropdown rail on the transfer side.

  • There is a flush, however it is not on the transfer side.

  • The tap type is lever.

  • There is a mixer tap.

  • There is an emergency alarm.

  • The emergency pull cord alarm is fully functional.

  • Disposal facilities are available in the cubicle.

  • There is a/are female sanitary disposal units.

  • There is a/are coat hook(s).

  • The coat hook is not within 120cm (3ft 11in) from floor level.

  • Wall-mounted grab rails are available.

  • As you face the toilet the wall-mounted grab rails are on both sides.

  • There is not a shelf within the accessible toilet.

  • There is a mirror.

  • Mirrors are placed at a lower level or at an angle for ease of use.

  • The height of the toilet seat above floor level is 48cm (1ft 7in).

  • There is a hand dryer.

  • The hand dryer cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.

  • The hand dryer is placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).

  • The height of the hand dryer is 110cm (3ft 7in).

  • There is not a towel dispenser.

  • There is a toilet roll holder.

  • The toilet roll holder can be reached from seated on the toilet.

  • The toilet roll holder is not placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).

  • There is a wash basin.

  • The wash basin cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.

  • The wash basin is not placed higher than 74cm (2ft 5in).

  • The contrast between the external door and wall is good.

  • The contrast between the internal door and wall is good.

  • The contrast between the wall-mounted grab rail(s) and wall is good.

  • The contrast between the dropdown rail(s) and wall is good.

  • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.

  • The lighting levels are medium.

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  • There is a ramp/slope to access this area/service.

  • The ramp/slope is located on the first floor, opposite the lift.

  • The ramp/slope is easy.

  • The ramp/slope is permanent.

  • There is a level landing at the top of the ramp/slope.

  • The ramp does have handrails.

  • The handrails are on both sides.

  • The width of the ramp/slope is 125cm (4ft 1in).

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  • Standard toilet facilities are available.

  • The female and male toilet facilities that were surveyed are located on the first floor, ahead as you exit the lift.

  • Inside the venue, there is not level access to the female and male toilets.

  • Lighting levels are medium.

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  • The baby change facility is located on the first floor, ahead as you exit the lift.

  • The baby change is 7m from the lift.

  • The height of the baby change table is 93cm.

  • There is a standard toilet in the baby change.

  • There is a sink in the baby change.

  • The height of the sink is 93cm.

  • The taps are sensor mixer.

  • There is a hand dryer.

  • The height of the hand dryer is 108cm.

  • There are disposal facilities.

  • The lighting is medium.

  • There is not level access to the baby change.

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  • Staff do receive disability awareness / equality training.

  • Documents are not available in Braille.

  • Documents are not available in large print.

  • A bowl of water can be provided for an assistance dog.