Library (Rutherford Building)

Goldsmiths, University of London, Dixon Road, New Cross, London SE14 6NW

020 7919 7150

library@gold.ac.uk

www.gold.ac.uk/library

Guide Last Updated: 29/11/2017

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Access Guide

  • Services / facilities within the building include the library, library café, IT helpdesk, media equipment centre, computer teaching rooms and language teaching rooms.

  • The library is open 24/7 for Goldsmiths' staff and students during term time.

  • Entry is with a Goldsmiths' swipe card only overnight between 21:00 and 09:00.

  • Please contact the library for details of vacation opening times.

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

  • This venue is situated in New Cross.

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

  • The nearest mainline station is New Cross Gate.

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

  • The venue does not have its own car park.

  • On street marked Blue Badge bays are available.

  • The dimensions of the marked Blue Badge bays are 200cm x 500cm (6ft 7in x 16ft 5in).

  • On street Blue Badge parking is located on Dixon Road, opposite the library entrance.

  • Clearly signed and / or standard marked parking bays are not available.

  • There is not a designated drop off point.

  • Parking is very limited on the Goldsmiths campus. There are a number of designated bays for Blue Badge holders reserved for current staff and students with mobility needs.

  • Visitors requiring parking should contact the college at least 48 hours in advance.

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

  • There is not level access into the venue.

  • The main doors open automatically.

  • The doors are single width.

  • The door opening is 87cm (2ft 10in) wide.

  • There is a second set of doors.

  • The doors open automatically.

  • The doors are single width.

  • The door opening is 88cm (2ft 11in) wide.

  • The automatic doors are push pad operated.

  • The first door opens to you, the second opens away from you.

  • There are also double, manual doors, 182 cm wide, available at the entrance.

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

  • The ramp or slope is located to the right, leading down from Lewisham Way.

  • The ramp or slope is moderate.

  • The ramp or slope is permanent.

  • There are steps to access this area / service.

  • The steps are located in front of the entrance leading from Dixon Road.

  • There is / are 8 step(s) to the area / service.

  • The steps are not clearly marked.

  • The steps are deep.

  • The steps do have handrails.

  • The handrails are in the centre.

  • The ramp overcomes the steps mentioned.

  • This information is for the entrance located at the rear of the building off Dixon Road.

  • There is not level access into the venue.

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

  • The doors are double width.

  • The door(s) is / are heavy.

  • The door opening is 142cm (4ft 8in) wide.

  • One leaf of the double doors was locked, giving a clear opening of 71cm.

  • A staff/ student swipe card is required for this entrance.

  • This entrance gives access to the IT Helpdesk and the media equipment centre.

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

  • The ramp or slope does bypass the step(s).

  • The ramp or slope is located to the right 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.

  • The ramp does have handrails.

  • The handrails are on both sides.

  • The width of the ramp or slope is 120cm (3ft 11in).

  • There is a / are step(s) to access this area / service.

  • The step(s) is / are located to the left of the entrance.

  • There is / are 6 step(s) to the area / service.

  • The step(s) is / are not clearly marked.

  • The step(s) is / are medium.

  • The steps do have handrails.

  • The handrails are on the right going up.

  • The desk/counter is 10m (10yd 2ft) from the main entrance.

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

  • The lighting levels are bright.

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

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

  • There is a hearing assistance system.

  • The type of system is a portable loop.

  • There are turnstiles, 51cm wide, and a gate 89cm wide, located next to this reception desk.

  • Swipe card access.

  • There is not level access to the service.

  • There is not a hearing assistance system.

  • This venue does not play background music.

  • Lighting levels are medium.

  • The area immediately beyond the reception is available for study or socialising and is open to the café.

  • Beyond this area is the self-service copying and printing area.

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

  • The ramp or slope is located at the rear of the main foyer on the ground floor.

  • The ramp or slope is easy.

  • The ramp or slope is permanent.

  • The ramp leads to the Helpdesk, enquiry desk and rear lift and stairs.

  • There are also easy ramps in the same location on floors 1 and 2.

  • The floors which are accessible by stairs are G-1-2.

  • There are 15+ steps between floors.

  • The lighting level is medium.

  • 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.

  • There is a lift for public use.

  • The lift is located on the left hand side of the main foyer area.

  • The lift is a standard lift.

  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are G-1-2.

  • The lift is 38m (41yd 1ft) from the main entrance.

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

  • The dimensions of the lift are 110cm x 131cm (3ft 7in x 4ft 4in).

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

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

  • There is not 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 lift does have Braille markings.

  • The lift does have tactile markings.

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

  • The lighting level in the lift is medium.

  • There is a secondary lift towards the rear of the venue however this was being replaced at the time of the survey.

  • It is located 82m from the main entrance.

  • The desk is 50m (54yd 2ft) from the main entrance.

  • There is level access to reception from the entrance.

  • The lighting levels are medium.

  • The reception desk is low (76cm or lower).

  • The desk is generally staffed.

  • There is a hearing assistance system.

  • The type of system is a fixed loop.

  • Monday 09:15 - 20:45..

  • Tuesday 09:15 - 20:45..

  • Wednesday 09:15 - 20:45..

  • Thursday 09:15 - 20:45..

  • Friday 09:15 - 20:45..

  • Saturday 11:30 - 19:15..

  • Sunday 11:30 - 19:15..

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

  • This library does not 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 and height adjustable table is / are available.

  • Other computer auxiliary aids include a scanner, CCTV, magnifiers.

  • The Assistive Technology Centre is located on the ground floor, just past the main reception on the left.

  • There are four private rooms each with computers off a main space and other computers in cubicles in the main room.

  • The height adjustable table is in Room 4.

  • The auxiliary aids are available here, as well as PC's with Claro Read, Dragon, Jaws, Supernova and Lightning Screen magnifier software loaded.

  • Claro Read is available on all open access computers in the library.

  • Once inside, there is level access to the service.

  • All tables are permanently fixed.

  • Some chairs are permanently fixed.

  • All chairs have armrests.

  • The nearest table is 20m (22yd) from the main entrance.

  • The distance between the floor and the lowest table is 71cm (2ft 4in).

  • Menus are wall only.

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

  • The café is on the left of the main ground floor seating area.

  • Food and drinks may be taken to any of the tables or sofa-style seating in this area.

  • Vending machines are available next to the café counter for when the café is closed.

  • Monday 08:30 - 20:30..

  • Tuesday 08:30 - 20:30..

  • Wednesday 08:30 - 20:30..

  • Thursday 08:30 - 20:30..

  • Friday 08:30 - 18:00..

  • Saturday 10:00 - 16:00..

  • Sunday 10:00 - 16:00..

  • There is a / are step(s) to access this area / service.

  • The step(s) is / are located from the general first floor to the IT helpdesk area.

  • There is / are 7 step(s) to the area / service.

  • The lighting levels at the steps are medium.

  • The step(s) is / are clearly marked.

  • The step(s) is / are medium.

  • The steps do have handrails.

  • The handrails are on the left going up.

  • There is a lift for public use.

  • The lift is located to the left of the IT Reception.

  • The lift is a platform lift.

  • The platform lift accesses a small level change.

  • The lift is 6m (6yd 1ft) from the rear entrance.

  • Staff do need to be notified for use of the lift.

  • The dimensions of the lift are 80cm x 129cm (2ft 7in x 4ft 3in).

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

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

  • The lighting level in the lift is medium.

  • The desk is 4m (4yd 1ft) from the platform lift.

  • There is level access to reception from the entrance.

  • This is by lift.

  • The lighting levels are medium.

  • The reception desk is low (76cm or lower).

  • The desk is generally staffed.

  • There is a hearing assistance system.

  • The type of system is a fixed loop.

  • Accessible toilet facilities are available.

  • The toilet is for the sole use of disabled people.

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

  • This accessible toilet is approximately 44m (48yd 4in) from the main entrance.

  • This accessible toilet is located next to the near lift and stairs.

  • There is 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 90cm (2ft 11in).

  • The door is heavy.

  • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 166cm x 241cm (5ft 5in x 7ft 11in).

  • There is a clear 150cm x 150cm manoeuvring space in the accessible toilet.

  • There is a lateral transfer space.

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

  • The lateral transfer space is 88cm (2ft 11in).

  • 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.

  • The emergency pull cord alarm is not fully functional.

  • Disposal facilities are available in the cubicle.

  • 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 not a mirror.

  • The height of the toilet seat above floor level is 46cm (1ft 6in).

  • 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 111cm (3ft 8in).

  • There is a toilet roll holder.

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

  • The toilet roll holder is placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).

  • The height of the toilet roll holder is 112cm (3ft 8in).

  • There is a wash basin.

  • The wash basin can be reached from seated on the toilet.

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

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

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

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

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

  • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.

  • The lighting levels are medium.

  • There are additional adapted toilets in the same location on the first and second floors.

  • The toilet on the second floor has lateral transfer space on the left.

  • There is also an adapted toilet on the ground floor by the far lift, which has the transfer space on the left, higher contrast grab rails and does not require a RADAR key.

  • However, the manoeuvring space is not clear as the door opens inwards.

  • Standard toilets are available.

  • The female and male toilets are located on the ground floor, next to the near lift.

  • The female and male toilets are 42m (46yd) from the main entrance.

  • Inside the venue, there is level access to the female and male toilet.

  • Lighting levels are medium.

  • There are also toilets available in the same location on the first floor, and a female only toilet on the second floor.

  • Male and female toilets are also located by the far stairs on the first and second floors.

  • Documents can be requested in Braille.

  • Documents can be requested in large print.

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

  • This service can be requested.

  • Staff are Text Relay aware.

  • Disability Equality courses are run by Student Services. These are open to all staff, but are not compulsory.

  • Access is by appointment only.

  • This information is for the entrance located on the 1st floor.

  • There is step free access at this entrance, via lift.

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

  • The door(s) is / are single.

  • The door(s) is / are heavy.

  • The width of the door opening is 73cm (2ft 5in).

  • This information is for the entrance located within the library.

  • There is step free access at this entrance.

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

  • The door(s) is / are double.

  • The door(s) is / are heavy.

  • The width of the door opening is 160cm (5ft 3in).

  • There is level access to the service.

  • There is not a hearing assistance system.

  • This venue does not play background music.

  • The lighting levels are medium.

  • Appointments are booked via academicskills@gold.ac.uk.

  • Accessible toilet facilities are available.

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

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

  • This accessible toilet is approximately 54m (59yd 2in) from the main entrance.

  • This accessible toilet is located on the ground floor next to the lift.

  • There is level access to this accessible toilet.

  • This is a unisex toilet.

  • A key is not required for the accessible toilet.

  • The door opens inwards.

  • The door is locked by a lever twist.

  • The width of the accessible toilet door is 74cm (2ft 5in).

  • The door is heavy.

  • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 155cm x 185cm (5ft 1in x 6ft 1in).

  • There is a clear 150cm x 150cm manoeuvring space in the accessible toilet.

  • There is a lateral transfer space.

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

  • The lateral transfer space is 85cm (2ft 9in).

  • 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 pull cord alarm in the cubicle.

  • The emergency pull cord alarm is fully functional.

  • Disposal facilities are available in the cubicle.

  • There is a/are female sanitary and open waste paper bin disposal units.

  • There is not a/are not coat hook(s).

  • 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 not placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).

  • There is not a towel dispenser.

  • There is a toilet roll holder.

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

  • There is a wash basin.

  • The wash basin can be reached from seated on the toilet.

  • The wash basin is placed higher than 74cm (2ft 5in).

  • The height of the wash basin is 76cm (2ft 6in).

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

  • The contrast between the external 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 toilet seat colour contrast is good.

  • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.

  • The lighting levels are medium.