Alton Library

Vicarage Hill, Alton, Hampshire GU34 1HT

03005 551 387

alton.library@hants.gov.uk

www.hants.gov.uk/library

Guide Last Updated: 19/02/2018

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Access Guide

  • Monday 09:30 - 17:00.

  • Tuesday 09:30 - 19:00.

  • Wednesday 09:30 - 13:00.

  • Thursday 09:30 - 19:00.

  • Friday 09:30 - 17:00.

  • Saturday 09:30 - 17:00.

  • Sunday Closed.

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

  • The nearest National Rail station is Alton.

  • The venue does not have its own car park.

  • There is a car park for public use within 200m (approx).

  • The name of the car park is The Bank.

  • The car park is located opposite the venue.

  • On street marked Blue Badge bays are available.

  • On street Blue Badge parking is located in Vicarage Hill.

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

  • There is not a designated drop off point.

  • The Blue Badge parking is 280cm width by 500cm+ in length.

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

  • There is level access into the venue.

  • The main door(s) open(s) automatically.

  • The door(s) is / are double.

  • The width of the door opening is 117cm (3ft 10in).

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  • The desk/counter is 9m (9yd 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 a touch screen.

  • The touch screen is at a suitable height for a wheelchair user.

  • There is also a help desk on the first floor.

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

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

  • The lighting levels are medium.

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  • This library does 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 text keyboard, large rollerball mouse and height adjustable chair is / are available.

  • There are children's Braille books available.

  • The only software available is Magnifier.

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

  • There are 15+ steps between floors.

  • The steps are clearly marked.

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

  • The steps do have handrails.

  • The steps have a handrail on both sides.

  • There is a landing.

  • The lighting levels are medium.

  • There is an Evac chair located at the top of the stairs on the 2nd floor, as shown in photograph 5.

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  • There is a lift for public use.

  • The lift is located at the rear of the venue.

  • The lift is a standard lift.

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

  • The lift is approximately 24m (26yd 9in) from the main entrance.

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

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

  • The dimensions of the lift are 105cm x 145cm (3ft 5in x 4ft 9in).

  • There are 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 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 are two rooms available to hire.

  • The Barley Room (shown in photographs 1 & 2) is located on the first floor. The door to this room opens away from you, is single and 82cm wide.

  • The Hops Room (shown in photographs 3 & 4) is located on the second floor. The door to this room opens towards you, is single and 82cm wide. A key code is required for access to the rooms.

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  • Accessible toilet facilities are available.

  • 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 approximately 30m (32yd 2ft) from the main entrance.

  • This accessible toilet is located at the rear of the library.

  • 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 outwards.

  • The door is locked by a twist lock.

  • The width of the accessible toilet door is 82cm (2ft 8in).

  • The door is heavy.

  • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 140cm x 205cm (4ft 7in x 6ft 9in).

  • There is not 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 78cm (2ft 7in).

  • 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.

  • There is an emergency alarm.

  • The emergency pull cord 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 a/are female sanitary and clinical waste 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 a shelf within the accessible toilet.

  • The shelf is not higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).

  • 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 51cm (1ft 8in).

  • 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.

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

  • 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 75cm (2ft 6in).

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

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

  • 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 fair.

  • The lighting levels are bright.

  • 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 90cm (2ft 11in).

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  • Standard toilet facilities are available.

  • The female and male toilet facilities that were surveyed are located on the second floor.

  • The female and male toilets are approximately 1m (3ft 3in) from the lift.

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

  • This is by lift.

  • Lighting levels are medium.

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  • Staff do receive disability awareness / equality training.

  • Documents can be requested in Braille.

  • Documents can be requested in large print.

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

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

  • This service can be requested.