Lionel Robbins Building

10 Portugal Street, London WC2A 2HD

020 7955 7229

library.enquiries@lse.ac.uk

www.lse.ac.uk/library/home.aspx

Guide Last Updated: 27/02/2018

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Access Guide

  • Services / facilities within the building include the main Library, the Finance Division, Human Resources and Financial Markets.

  • The Library covers the following areas:- Lower Ground Floor: Historical Statistics, Group Study Rooms and Training Rooms R08 and R01
    Ground Floor: Enquiries and Self Service, LSE Life
    First Floor: JX-Z Books and Visitor PCs
    Second Floor: HB-JV Books
    Third Floor: A-AH Books
    Fourth Floor: Reading and Silent Study Rooms.

  • The LSE campus is located in central London, off Kingsway (A4200) and the Aldwych (A4).

  • This campus does not have its own car park, but Blue Badge and standard on-street parking is available nearby.

  • The campus can be accessed via a number of London Bus routes, including bus 1 (New Oxford Street to Canada Water Bus Station), 59 (Streatham Hill to Kings Cross Station), 68 (West Norwood to Euston Bus Station), X68 (Croydon to Russell Square), 91 (Crouch End to Trafalgar Square), 168 (Royal Free Hospital to Old Kent Road), 171 (Catford to Holborn Station), 188 (North Greenwich Station to Russell Square Station) 243 (Wood Green to Waterloo Station) and 521 (Waterloo Station to London Bridge Station).

  • The nearest railway station is Charing Cross. However, all of the London Terminal stations are within reach of the campus using public transport.

  • The nearest tube stations are Holborn on the Central and Piccadilly lines, Temple on the District and Circle lines, and Charing Cross on the Northern and Bakerloo lines.

  • The building does not have its own dedicated parking.

  • Clearly signed and/or marked on street Blue Badge parking bays are available (within approximately 50m of the building).

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

  • The on street Blue Badge parking bay(s) is/are located on Portugal Street.

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

  • The dimensions of the standard marked parking bays are 200cm x 450cm (6ft 7in x 14ft 9in).

  • The on street standard parking bay(s) is/are located on Portugal Street.

  • There is not a designated drop off point.

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  • This information is for the entrance located just off Portugal Street.

  • There is step free access at this entrance.

  • There is a canopy or recess which provides weather protection at this entrance.

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

  • The door(s) is/are push pad activated.

  • The door(s) is / are single.

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

  • There is a small lip on the threshold of the entrance, with a height of 2cm or below.

  • There is a second set of doors.

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

  • The door(s) is / are push pad activated.

  • The door(s) is / are double.

  • The width of the door opening is 180cm (5ft 11in).

  • The main entrance is at the side of the building, on John Watkins Plaza.

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  • There is ramped/sloped or stepped access at this entrance.

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

  • The door(s) is / are double.

  • The door(s) is / are heavy.

  • The width of the door opening is 132cm (4ft 4in).

  • There is a ramp/slope at this entrance.

  • The ramp/slope is located to the left as you face the entrance.

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

  • The ramp/slope gradient is easy.

  • The ramp is permanent.

  • There is not a level landing at the top of the ramp.

  • The ramp does not have handrails.

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

  • There is a / are step(s) at this entrance.

  • The step(s) is / are located in front of the entrance.

  • There is / are 1 step(s) to access the entrance.

  • There is not tactile paving at the top and bottom of the step(s).

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

  • The step(s) is / are shallow.

  • The steps do not have handrails.

  • This entrance only affords access to the Finance and Human Resources offices.

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  • There is step free access throughout the building via lift(s).

  • There is an easy slope, with handrails on both sides, for access to the reception area on the ground floor.

  • This level change can be seen in photograph 1.

  • There is an easy slope, with no handrails, for access to the silent area and seating area on the fourth floor.

  • This level change can be seen in photograph 2.

  • There is a moderate slope, with a handrail on the left going up, for access to the lower ground floor.

  • This level change connects the lower ground floor lift lobby to the rest of the lower ground floor. This level change can be seen in photograph 3 and 4.

  • There are not doors in corridors which have to be opened manually.

  • There is clear signage for building facilities/areas in the foyer/reception area.

  • There is clearly written and pictorial directional signage at key points of circulation routes.

  • The lighting levels are good.

  • This building does not play background music.

  • There is not a hearing assistance system.

  • There are lockers available for use.

  • These are shown in photograph 12.

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  • Enquiries and Security is located to the left as you enter the library area.

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

  • The reception area is clearly visible from the entrance.

  • There is step free access to this reception area.

  • The lighting levels in the reception area are medium.

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

  • There is not a low section of the counter (76cm or below) available.

  • The desk is staffed.

  • There is a hearing assistance system.

  • The type of system is a fixed loop.

  • The hearing assistance system is signed.

  • Staff are not trained to use the system.

  • There are security barriers at the reception area that are 55cm in width (as shown in photograph 2).

  • There is also an accessible security gate that is 98cm wide (as shown in photograph 3).

  • It is controlled by security staff at the reception.

  • There are book return points in the reception area that are 90cm high (as shown in photograph 4).

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  • LSE Life is the school's centre for academic, personal, and professional development.

  • It provides study support and guidance for students, via one to one meetings, talks and workshops.

  • It also provides space for group study.

  • For more information, please see the LSE Life webpage.

  • It is located at the rear of the ground floor, past the main library desk, and is accessed via turnstiles, 50cm wide, and a gate, 95cm wide (photographs 1 and 2). These require a swipe card to access.

  • There is an easy ramp directly beyond these security barriers (photograph 3).

  • The group study area just inside the barriers, next to the reception desk, also contains desks for one to one study advice sessions (photograph 5).

  • The group study area has movable tables, 68cm between the floor and the base, and some fixed tables, 86cm between floor and base (photograph 6).

  • This area also contains lockers containing laptops to borrow (photograph 7).

  • Workspace 2, located at the rear of the first group study area, is used for training courses and workshops (photograph 8).

  • Next to workspace 2 is an easy slope with handrails both sides (photograph 9), leading down to a further group study area (photograph 10), and a further workspace that can be used for training courses, as well as meetings and conference.

  • The group study areas are open to students whenever the library is open.

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  • The LSE Life Reception is located just inside the security barriers into the area.

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

  • Clear signage for the reception area is visible from the entrance.

  • There is ramped access to this reception area.

  • The lighting levels in the reception area are medium.

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

  • There is not a clear knee recess beneath the low counter.

  • The desk is staffed.

  • There is not a hearing assistance system.

  • Monday 10:00 - 18:00.

  • Tuesday 10:00 - 18:00.

  • Wednesday 10:00 - 18:00.

  • Thursday 10:00 - 18:00.

  • Friday 10:00 - 18:00.

  • Saturday Closed.

  • Sunday Closed.

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  • The floors which are accessible by stairs are LG-G-1-2-3-4.

  • There are 15+ steps between floors.

  • The lighting levels are medium.

  • The steps are not clearly marked.

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

  • The steps do have handrails.

  • The steps have a handrail on both sides.

  • There is not a landing.

  • The stairs are laid out in a continuous spiral which connects all floors except the fourth floor.

  • The fourth floor is accessed from the third floor by an adjoining staircase.

  • It has 15+ medium steps which are not clearly marked with handrails on both sides.

  • This staircase can be seen in photographs 5 and 6.

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  • There is a lift for public use.

  • The lift is located to the right after passing the reception.

  • The lift is a standard lift.

  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are LG-G-1-2-3-4.

  • Wall mounted information boards are provided at lift landings.

  • The lift is approximately 25m (27yd 1ft) from the main entrance.

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

  • The dimensions of the lift are 109cm x 210cm (3ft 7in x 6ft 11in).

  • The clear door width is 89cm (2ft 11in).

  • 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 not have an audible announcer.

  • The lift does have a hearing loop system.

  • The lift does not have Braille markings.

  • The lift does have tactile markings.

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

  • 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 not have a regular supply of books in large print.

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

  • There is not an ordering service.

  • The library does not have computers with accessible software.

  • Auxiliary aids are not available for computer users.

  • There are book return machines on the ground floor.

  • These are 90cm in height with a clear space of 75cm underneath.

  • There are personal lockers available on lower ground floor.

  • At the time of surveying, computers with accessible software were being installed, but construction work was ongoing.

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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 pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.

  • This accessible toilet is approximately 10m (10yd 2ft) from the main entrance.

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

  • There are very similar accessible toilets on all floors. These are located next to the standard toilets.

  • 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 88cm (2ft 11in).

  • The door is heavy.

  • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 146cm x 235cm (4ft 9in x 7ft 9in).

  • There is not 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 right.

  • The lateral transfer space is 75cm (2ft 6in).

  • 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 pull cord alarm in the cubicle.

  • 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 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 44cm (1ft 5in).

  • 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 120cm (3ft 11in).

  • 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 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 poor.

  • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.

  • The lighting levels are bright.

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  • There are male and female standard toilets facilities on all floors.

  • A male standard toilet was surveyed.

  • The toilet surveyed is located to the left as you enter through the main entrance.

  • There is a female standard toilet in the same location.

  • There is step free access to the standard toilet(s) surveyed from the entrance.

  • The standard toilet surveyed is approximately 15m from the main entrance.

  • There is not a/are not cubicle(s) suitable for ambulant disabled people in the standard toilet(s) surveyed.

  • Lighting levels in the standard toilet surveyed are good.

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