Arts and Social Sciences Library

University of Bristol, Tyndall Avenue, Bristol, City of Bristol BS8 1TJ

0117 928 8000

library-enquiries@bristol.ac.uk

www.bristol.ac.uk/library/study/libraires/assl/

Guide Last Updated: 17/03/2017

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Access Guide

  • Monday 08:00 - 00:00.

  • Tuesday 08:00 - 00:00.

  • Wednesday 08:00 - 00:00.

  • Thursday 08:00 - 00:00.

  • Friday 08:00 - 00:00.

  • Saturday 08:00 - 00:00.

  • Sunday 08:00 - 00:00.

  • The library is open 24hrs a day during exam periods.

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

  • This venue is situated in Bristol.

  • The nearest National Rail station is Clifton Down.

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

  • The venue does not have its own car park.

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

  • Standard marked parking bays are located in Tyndall Avenue.

  • There is not a designated drop off point.

  • The nearest public car park is the Trenchard Street Car Park.

  • Blue Badge parking is not free in this car park.

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

  • There is not 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 220cm (7ft 3in).

  • There is a second set of doors.

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

  • The door(s) is / are double.

  • The width of the door opening is 220cm (7ft 3in).

  • 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 left of the venue.

  • The ramp or slope is easy.

  • 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 the right going up.

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

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

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

  • There is tactile paving at the top and bottom of the steps.

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

  • The step(s) is / are medium.

  • The steps do have handrails.

  • The handrails are on both sides.

  • The desk/counter is 5m (5yd 1ft) from the main entrance.

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

  • The lighting levels are medium.

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

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

  • There is a hearing assistance system.

  • The type of system is a fixed loop.

  • There are barriers to the left of the reception desk, two with a width of 66cm and one with a width of 90cm operated by a UCard. All enquiries are now dealt with at the reception desk.

  • The self service machines are located on the left hand side as you enter the library, just past the restaurant.

  • The shelves on the machines (see photograph 1) are 86cm in height.

  • The controls for the machines are between 88cm - 120cm in height. The first self-service machine has an added keypad for use by people unable to use the touchscreen to input numbers.

  • The returns slots (see photograph 2) are located to the right as you enter the library.

  • The slots are 95cm in height.

  • The following information is for the cafe.

  • Full table service is not available.

  • Food or drinks are ordered from the service counter.

  • Food or drinks can be brought to the table.

  • There is not a lowered section at the counter.

  • No tables are permanently fixed.

  • No chairs are permanently fixed.

  • Some chairs have armrests.

  • The nearest table is approximately 14m (15yd 11in) from the library entrance.

  • The distance between the floor and the lowest table is 60cm (1ft 12in).

  • The distance between the floor and the highest table is 72cm (2ft 4in).

  • There is ample room for a wheelchair user to manoeuvre.

  • Plastic / takeaway cups are available.

  • Plastic / takeaway cutlery is available.

  • Drinking straws are available.

  • Menus are wall only.

  • Menus are clearly written.

  • Menus are presented in contrasting colours.

  • The type of food served here is hot and cold snacks.

  • There are also small coffee tables with a height of 35cm.

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

  • There is a hearing assistance system.

  • The system is a fixed loop.

  • This venue does not play background music.

  • The lighting levels are medium.

  • Rooms A-D and 1-20 on the first floor have entrance doors with a width of only 60cm.

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

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

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

  • There is an ordering service.

  • It takes approximately 7-10 days to process an order.

  • Most of the study desks are of adjustable height.

  • The library does have computers with accessible software.

  • Auxiliary aids are available for computer users.

  • A large text keyboard, large rollerball mouse, height adjustable table and height adjustable chair is / are available.

  • The accessible software available throughout the building includes Inspiration (mind mapping software), Read and Write GOLD, Zoomtext magnification software (by arrangement only) and Microsoft Accessibility options.

  • There is a designated Assistive Technology Room (ASSL) located to the rear of the library (see photograph 3).

  • This is where the auxiliary aids are located including back friends, lumbar supports, chair wedges, footrests, vertical mice, writing slopes, book rests, coloured overlays, mini keyboards, magnifying sheets and hand held magnifiers. The room has a large key telephone for enquiries. The room also has additional accessible software, including JAWS screen reading, Kurzweil 1000 scanning software, and ABBY FineReader (OCR software for use with a scanner).

  • There are 2 ground floor study rooms (see photograph 4) one of which is being converted to an accessible study room.

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

  • There are 15+ steps between floors.

  • The lighting levels are medium.

  • The steps are clearly marked.

  • The steps are deep (18cm+).

  • 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 to the right of the ground floor foyer area.

  • The lift is a standard lift.

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

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

  • The dimensions of the lift are 135cm x 99cm (4ft 5in x 3ft 3in).

  • The clear door width is 84cm (2ft 9in).

  • 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 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 are accessible toilet facilities within this venue.

  • 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 32m (34yd 2ft) from the main entrance.

  • This accessible toilet is located to the right 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 inwards.

  • The door is locked by a locking handle.

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

  • The door is light.

  • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 175cm x 220cm (5ft 9in x 7ft 3in).

  • 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 right.

  • The lateral transfer space is 102cm (3ft 4in).

  • 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 fully functional.

  • Disposal facilities are available in the cubicle.

  • 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 placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).

  • The height of the hand dryer is 105cm (3ft 5in).

  • 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 good.

  • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.

  • The lighting levels are bright.

  • There are accessible toilet facilities within this venue.

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

  • There is Braille, tactile, pictorial and written text signage on or near the toilet door.

  • This accessible toilet is approximately 21m (22yd 2ft) from the main entrance.

  • This accessible toilet is located to the rear of the cafe.

  • 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 (automatically).

  • The door is locked by a locking handle.

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

  • The door is light.

  • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 240cm x 220cm (7ft 10in x 7ft 3in).

  • 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 170cm (5ft 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 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 coat hook(s).

  • The coat hook is 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 a shelf within the accessible toilet.

  • The shelf is 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 50cm (1ft 8in).

  • 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 103cm (3ft 5in).

  • 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 medium.

  • There is also a lock that is push pad operated located next to the door.

  • Standard toilets are available.

  • There are male and female standard toilets facilities on the ground floor, the first floor and the second floor.

  • The female toilets are located on the ground floor.

  • The female toilets are 22m (24yd 2in) from the main entrance.

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

  • Lighting levels are medium.

  • The male toilets are located on the ground floor.

  • The male toilets are 26m (28yd 1ft) from the main entrance.

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

  • Lighting levels are medium.

  • There are some fire alarm strobes to notify hearing impaired people of an evacuation.

  • There is level egress from the ground floor.

  • Onto Tyndall Avenue only.

  • There is stepped egress from the ground floor.

  • Library policy is not to allow wheelchair users or persons with limited mobility onto the upper floors. Library assistants will bring resources to those persons to the ground floor.

  • There is not a refuge point in this building.

  • There is not an evacuation chair for the building.

  • There is not an evacuation lift for the building.

  • Staff do receive disability awareness / equality training.

  • 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.