Barking Library

Barking Learning Centre, 2 Town Square, Barking, Essex IG11 7NB

020 8724 8725

barking.library@lbbd.gov.uk

www.lbbd.gov.uk/local-libraries

Guide Last Updated: 04/09/2018

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Access Guide

  • Barking Library is located in Barking Learning Centre.

  • Monday 09:00 - 21:30.

  • Tuesday 09:00 - 21:30.

  • Wednesday 09:00 - 21:30.

  • Thursday 09:00 - 21:30.

  • Friday 09:00 - 17:00.

  • Saturday 09:00 - 17:00.

  • Sunday 10:00 - 16:00.

  • The venue is in a pedestrian area.

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

  • The nearest National Rail station is Barking.

  • The nearest underground station is Upney.

  • 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 Vicarage Filed Shopping Centre Car Park.

  • The car park is located off Ripple Road.

  • On street marked Blue Badge bays are available.

  • The dimensions of the marked Blue Badge bays are 360cm x 590cm (11ft 10in x 19ft 4in).

  • On street Blue Badge parking is located off Bobby Moore Way.

  • Clearly signed and / or standard marked parking bays are available.

  • Standard marked parking bays are located on Clockhouse Avenue.

  • There is not a designated drop off point.

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  • This information is for the entrance located at the front of the building, in the corner of the square to the right of Relish Cafe.

  • There is level access into the venue.

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

  • The door(s) is / are single.

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

  • There is a second set of doors.

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

  • The automatic doors are push pad activated.

  • The door(s) is / are single.

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

  • To the right of the main entrance is a single door signed 'Accessible Entrance' This door is automatic and opens outwards to give a clear opening of 100cm. It is operated by push pad 110cm high to enter and exit.

  • This entrance has a slight ramp in front without a level landing.

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  • The desk/counter is 15m (16yd 1ft) from the Barking Learning Centre main entrance.

  • 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 a hearing assistance system.

  • The type of system is a portable loop.

  • Staff are trained to use the system.

  • This reception desk provides information on all council services as well as the library.

  • This desk is due to be replaced with a system of information points and staff with hand-held tablet computers in late 2018.

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

  • There is a hearing assistance system.

  • The hearing assistance system is available only on request.

  • The system is a portable loop.

  • Staff are trained to use the system.

  • This venue does not play background music.

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

  • The lighting levels are varied.

  • Photographs 1 and 2 show the children's library area on the ground floor.

  • There is level access with automatic sliding doors operated by push pad from this area to a partly sheltered garden.

  • The garden has artificial grass and chid-size seating.

  • Photographs 5 and 6 show the adult library on the first floor.

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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 text keyboard and height adjustable table is / are available.

  • Equipment available for people with a visual impairment includes hand held magnifiers.

  • Photographs 1 - 4 show the children's library.

  • The adult library is seen in photographs 5 - 8.

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

  • 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 bright.

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  • There is a lift for public use.

  • The lift is located to the right of the foyer after the main entrance.

  • The lift is a standard lift.

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

  • The lift is approximately 15m (16yd 1ft) from the main entrance.

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

  • The clear door width is 112cm (3ft 8in).

  • The dimensions of the lift are 140cm x 160cm (4ft 7in x 5ft 3in).

  • 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 have Braille markings.

  • The lift does have tactile markings.

  • The lighting level in the lift is low.

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

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

  • Level access to the desk/counter is via lift.

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

  • The desk/counter does not have a low (76cm or lower) section.

  • The lighting levels are bright.

  • There is not a hearing assistance system.

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  • Accessible toilet facilities are available.

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

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

  • This accessible toilet is approximately 20m (21yd 2ft) from the main entrance.

  • This accessible toilet is located to the right after the main entrance, off the gallery space.

  • 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 the main reception desk.

  • The door opens outwards.

  • The door is locked by a locking handle.

  • The width of the accessible toilet door is 92cm (3ft).

  • The door is heavy.

  • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 150cm x 210cm (4ft 11in x 6ft 11in).

  • 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 right.

  • The lateral transfer space is 82cm (2ft 8in).

  • 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 non-infectious waste and clinical waste 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 for the toilet.

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

  • There is not a shelf within the accessible toilet.

  • There is a mirror.

  • 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 49cm (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.

  • 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 not placed higher than 74cm (2ft 5in).

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

  • 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 poor.

  • Baby change facilities are located within the venue.

  • Baby change facilities are located in the accessible toilet.

  • The height of the baby change table once extended is 88cm (2ft 11in).

  • At the time of the survey (August 2018) the transfer space was blocked by the baby change table.

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  • 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 10m (10yd 2ft) from the lift.

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

  • There is level access to this accessible toilet.

  • This is by lift.

  • 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 counter on the first floor.

  • The door opens outwards.

  • The door is locked by a locking handle.

  • The width of the accessible toilet door is 92cm (3ft).

  • The door is heavy.

  • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 150cm x 250cm (4ft 11in x 8ft 2in).

  • 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 84cm (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 alarm.

  • The emergency pull cord alarm is not fully functional.

  • The alarm did not sound when tested.

  • Disposal facilities are available in the cubicle.

  • There is a/are female sanitary and clinical waste disposal units.

  • There is a/are coat hook(s).

  • The coat hook is within 120cm (3ft 11in) from floor level.

  • Wall mounted grab rails are available for the toilet.

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

  • There is not a shelf within the accessible toilet.

  • There is a mirror.

  • 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 49cm (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 can 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.

  • At the time of the survey (August 2018) the alarm cord had been broken off near to ceiling level.

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  • Standard toilet facilities are available.

  • The female and male toilet facilities that were surveyed are located to the right, off the gallery after the main entrance.

  • The female and male toilets are approximately 15m (16yd 1ft) from the main entrance.

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

  • Lighting levels are medium.

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  • Standard toilet facilities are available.

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

  • The female and male toilets are approximately 10m (10yd 2ft) from the lift.

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

  • This is by lift.

  • Lighting levels are low.

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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.