Witham Library

18 Newland Street, Witham, Essex CM8 2AQ

0345 603 7628

Witham.Library@essex.gov.uk

www.essex.gov.uk/libraries

Guide Last Updated: 19/01/2018

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Access Guide

  • Monday 09:00 - 19:00.

  • Tuesday 09:00 - 19:00.

  • Wednesday 09:00 - 19:00.

  • Thursday 09:00 - 19:00.

  • Friday 09:00 - 19:00.

  • Saturday 09:00 - 17:00.

  • Sunday Closed.

  • The venue is situated within the centre of the town.

  • This venue is situated in Witham.

  • The venue is not situated on a road which has a steep gradient.

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

  • The nearest mainline station is Witham.

  • 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 at the back of the venue.

  • The car park type is open air/surface.

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

  • There are 1 designated parking bay(s) within the car park.

  • The dimensions of the designated parking bay(s) are 400cm x 560cm (13ft 1in x 18ft 4in).

  • The nearest designated bay is 52m (57yd) 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 block paving.

  • There is a dropped kerb / non stepped access from the car park to the venue.

  • The dropped kerb does not have tactile paving.

  • The patron does not have to cross a road.

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

  • There is not a designated drop off point.

  • The car park contains 1 designated bay for public use only.

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  • This information is for the entrance located on Newland Street.

  • There is not level access into the venue.

  • The main doors open away from you (push).

  • The doors are double width.

  • The doors are permanently held open.

  • The door opening is 150cm (4ft 11in) wide.

  • There is a second set of doors.

  • The doors open automatically.

  • The doors are double width.

  • The door opening is 103cm (3ft 5in) wide.

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  • There is a ramp or slope to access this service.

  • The ramp or slope is located in front of the entrance.

  • The ramp or slope is moderate.

  • The ramp or slope is permanent.

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

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  • The reception desk is 7m (22ft 12in) from the main entrance.

  • There is level access to reception from the entrance.

  • The reception desk is medium height.

  • The desk does not have a lowered section.

  • Lighting levels are bright.

  • There is a hearing assistance system.

  • The type of system is a fixed loop.

  • Staff are trained to use system.

  • There is a self service desk 3 metres from the main entrance with a screen height of between 110 cm and 140 cm.

  • The photographs show the enquiry desk and the self service desk respectively.

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  • There is not level access to the service(s).

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

  • The lighting levels are bright.

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  • There is a ramp or slope to access this service.

  • The ramp or slope is located to the left as you face the reception desk.

  • The ramp or slope is moderate.

  • The ramp or slope is permanent.

  • The width of the ramp or slope is 140cm (4ft 7in).

  • There are steps to access this area / service.

  • The steps are located to the left as you face the reception desk.

  • There is / are 3 step(s) to the area / service.

  • Lighting levels at the steps are medium.

  • The steps are clearly marked.

  • The steps are shallow.

  • The steps do not have handrails.

  • The ramp is used to bypass the steps, and has handrails both side.

  • There is are similar steps and a ramp leading down to the reading area.

  • There are steps only to access the IT area.

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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.

  • The steps do have handrails.

  • The steps have a handrail on both sides.

  • There is a landing.

  • The lighting level is medium.

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  • There is a lift for public use.

  • The lift is located to the right of reception.

  • The lift is a standard lift.

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

  • The lift is 9m (9yd 2ft) 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 120cm x 126cm (3ft 11in x 4ft 2in).

  • 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 reach for a wheelchair user.

  • The lift does have Braille markings.

  • The lift does have tactile markings.

  • The lighting level in the lift is 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.

  • Accessible software includes JAWS and Zoomtext.

  • Auxiliary aids are not available for computer users.

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  • There are accessible toilets within this venue designated for public use.

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

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

  • The accessible toilet is 9m (9yd 2ft) from the main entrance.

  • The accessible toilet is located to the left as you enter the building.

  • There is level access to the 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 the reception desk.

  • The door opens outwards.

  • There is no lock for the toilet door.

  • The width of the accessible toilet door is 80cm (2ft 7in).

  • The door weight is light.

  • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 150cm x 170cm (4ft 11in x 5ft 7in).

  • 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 100cm (3ft 3in).

  • There is a dropdown rail on the transfer side.

  • There is a flush on the transfer side.

  • The tap type is lever.

  • There is a mixer tap.

  • The emergency alarm is not fully functional.

  • The alarm was out of reach (higher than 10cm (4") from floor) when surveyed.

  • Disposal facilities are available in the cubicle.

  • There is not a coat hook.

  • Wall mounted 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 are mirrors.

  • Mirrors are not 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 not a hand dryer.

  • There is a towel dispenser.

  • The towel dispenser cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.

  • The towel dispenser is not placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).

  • 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 sink.

  • The sink can be reached from seated on the toilet.

  • The sink 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 grab rails and wall is fair.

  • The contrast between the drop down rails and wall is fair.

  • The contrast between the walls and floor is fair.

  • The lighting levels are medium.

  • Baby change facilities are located within the venue.

  • Baby change facilities are located within the accessible toilet.

  • The height of the baby change table once extended is 96cm (3ft 2in).

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  • Staff do receive disability awareness / equality training.

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

  • A member of staff trained in BSL skills is not normally on duty.

  • The photograph shows the children's play area.

  • At least one of the members from the Inclusive Communcation Essex team is on duty a day. They are skilled in Makaton.

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