Sydney Jones Library

The University of Liverpool, Chatham Street, Liverpool L69 7WZ

0151 794 9500

www.liv.ac.uk/library

Guide Last Updated: 03/03/2017

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Access Guide

  • Services / facilities within the building include the main library, study and computer rooms, Prayer Rooms and a cafe.

  • The library consists of the Abercromby Wing, the Grove Wing and the Link, which connects the two wings.

  • The Muslim Prayer Room and Archaeology are located on the basement floor.

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

  • This venue is situated in the South Campus.

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

  • The nearest mainline station is Liverpool Lime Street.

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

  • The venue does have its own car park.

  • Parking is not free for all users.

  • Parking is free for Blue Badge holders.

  • The car park is located to the side of the Library, outside the Management School.

  • The car park type is open air/surface.

  • Parking spaces for Blue Badge holders do need to be booked in advance.

  • There is/are 2 Blue Badge parking bay(s) within the car park.

  • The dimensions of the Blue Badge parking bay(s) are 350cm x 430cm (11ft 6in x 14ft 1in).

  • Designated parking bays are clearly marked.

  • The nearest Blue Badge bay is 122m (133yd 1ft) from the main entrance.

  • The furthest Blue Badge bay is 126m (137yd 2ft) from the main entrance.

  • The route from the car park to the entrance is accessible to a wheelchair user with assistance.

  • Assistance may be required because there is / are slopes/ramps.

  • The car park surface is tarmac.

  • There is a dropped kerb between the car park and the venue.

  • The dropped kerb does not have tactile paving.

  • There is not a road to cross between the car park and the entrance.

  • The car park does not have a height restriction barrier.

  • There is not a designated drop off point.

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

  • 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 120cm (3ft 11in).

  • 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 122cm (4ft).

  • There is a ramp/slope to access this area/service.

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

  • The ramp/slope is located leading to the entrance.

  • The ramp/slope is moderate.

  • The ramp/slope is permanent.

  • There is a level landing at the top of the ramp/slope.

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

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

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

  • There is not tactile paving at the top and bottom of the steps.

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

  • The step(s) is/are medium height (11cm - 17cm).

  • There is a/are handrail(s) at the step(s).

  • The handrail(s) is/are on both sides.

  • The desk/counter is 4m (4yd 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 high (110cm+).

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

  • The desk/counter is staffed.

  • There is not a hearing assistance system.

  • There are gates, 54 and 87cm wide, next to the desk to enter the Library (photograph 2). These require a swipe card to access, although they can be opened by reception. There are similar gates to exit the Library (photograph 3).

  • 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 medium.

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

  • The desk/counter is staffed.

  • There is a hearing assistance system.

  • The type of system is a portable loop.

  • There are issue and return machines located opposite this desk (photographs 2 and 3).

  • There are also helpdesks located on floors L1 and L2 (photograph 4).

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

  • There is a hearing assistance system.

  • The system is a portable loop.

  • Staff are trained to use the system.

  • The lighting levels are varied.

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

  • There are push pad operated automatic doors located in corridors throughout the building.

  • Photograph 5 shows Training Room 1, on the first floor of the Abercromby Wing.

  • Photograph 6 shows Training Room 2, on the second floor of the Abercromby Wing.

  • 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.

  • It takes approximately 14 days to process an order.

  • 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 table is / are available.

  • Other computer auxiliary aids include magnifier, zoom text and Mind Genius.

  • There is an Accessible Study Room on the ground floor of the Grove Wing, by the Microfiche and Microfilm viewers (shown in photograph 4).

  • Study Rooms 1a, 1g, 1h and 1n on floor L1, and 2a, 2g, 2h and 2n on L2 are also accessible (photographs 5 and 6).

  • The Info Point on the ground floor of the Link Area has terminals on desks 72 and 93 cm high (photographs 7).

  • Next to the Info Point there are lockers containing laptops available for students to borrow (photograph 8).

  • There is a ramp/slope to access this area/service.

  • The ramp/slope is located at the rear of the Abercromby Wing, past the toilets and lift.

  • The ramp/slope is easy.

  • The ramp/slope is permanent.

  • There is a level landing at the top of the ramp/slope.

  • This information is for the entrance located on the left as you enter.

  • There is level access into the venue.

  • 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 86cm (2ft 10in).

  • The following information is for the cafe.

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

  • Food or drinks are ordered from the counter.

  • Food or drinks cannot be brought to the table.

  • No tables are permanently fixed.

  • No chairs are permanently fixed.

  • Some chairs have armrests.

  • The nearest table is 3m (3yd 10in) from the cafe entrance.

  • The distance between the floor and the lowest table is 48cm (1ft 7in).

  • The distance between the floor and the highest table is 95cm (3ft 1in).

  • Menus are wall only.

  • Menus are not available in Braille.

  • Menus are not available in large print.

  • Picture menus are not available.

  • Menus are clearly written.

  • Menus are presented in contrasting colours.

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

  • There is also a hatch, which opens into the main part of the Library, 91cm high (photograph 5), which sometimes serves food and drinks when the cafe is closed.

  • There is a hot drinks machine located next to the hatch, available all the time (photograph 6).

  • Monday 08:30 - 21:00.

  • Tuesday 08:30 - 21:00.

  • Wednesday 08:30 - 15:30.

  • Thursday 08:30 - 21:00.

  • Friday 08:30 - 15:30.

  • Saturday Closed.

  • Sunday Closed.

  • The floors which are accessible by stairs are B-G-L1-1-L2-2.

  • There are between 9 and 15+ steps between floors.

  • The lighting levels are medium.

  • 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.

  • There are also stairs within each wing (photograph 3).

  • These stairs are located in the Link area, by the receptions.

  • The steps to the basement are located on the far side of the helpdesk (photograph 4).

  • There is a lift for public use.

  • The lift is located just past reception.

  • The lift is a standard lift.

  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are B-G-L1-1-L2-2.

  • Wall mounted information boards are not provided at lift landings.

  • There are manual, heavy, single doors to access the lift lobby on all floors.

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

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

  • The dimensions of the lift are 126cm x 200cm (4ft 2in x 6ft 7in).

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

  • 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 lift does not 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.

  • Floors L1 and L2 are the first and second floors of Grove Wing.

  • Additional lifts are located at the rear of both the Grove and Abercromby (B-G-1-2 only) Wings.

  • There is a lift for public use.

  • The lift is located at the rear of the Grove Wing.

  • The lift is a standard lift.

  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are B-G-L1-L2.

  • Wall mounted information boards are not provided at lift landings.

  • The lift is approximately 100m (109yd 1ft) from the main entrance.

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

  • The dimensions of the lift are 155cm x 140cm (5ft 1in x 4ft 7in).

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

  • 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 not 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.

  • There is a lift for public use.

  • The lift is located at the back of the main Abercromby Wing foyer area, by the toilets.

  • The lift is a standard lift.

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

  • Wall mounted information boards are not provided at lift landings.

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

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

  • The dimensions of the lift are 147cm x 100cm (4ft 10in x 3ft 3in).

  • The clear door width is 90cm (2ft 11in).

  • 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 not 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.

  • There is a ramp/slope to access this area/service.

  • The ramp/slope is located directly to the left as you exit the Link Lift.

  • The ramp/slope is easy.

  • The ramp/slope is permanent.

  • This ramp leads from the Link Lift to the rest of the basement.

  • This information is for the entrance located in the basement.

  • There is not level access into the venue.

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

  • The door(s) is / are single (with a locked extension leaf).

  • The door(s) is / are heavy.

  • The width of the door opening is 88cm (2ft 11in).

  • Inside the entrance there are single doors, 77cm wide, leading to Male and Female Prayer Rooms (photographs 2 and 3).

  • Each room contains washing facilities (photograph 4).

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

  • This accessible toilet is located towards the rear of the Abercromby Wing, by the standard toilets.

  • There is a similar toilet on the second floor, except with no towel dispenser and no chair in the transfer space (shown in photograph 2).

  • 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 reception or helpdesk.

  • The door opens outwards.

  • The door is locked by a locking handle.

  • The width of the accessible toilet door is 87cm (2ft 10in).

  • The door is heavy.

  • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 178cm x 240cm (5ft 10in x 7ft 10in).

  • 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 110cm (3ft 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 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 not 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 115cm (3ft 9in).

  • There is a towel dispenser.

  • The towel dispenser cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.

  • The towel dispenser is not placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).

  • 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.

  • There is a chair stored in the transfer space in this toilet.

  • 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 40m (43yd 2ft) from the lift.

  • This accessible toilet is located towards the rear of the Grove Wing on the first floor.

  • There is also an accessible toilet on the second floor of Grove Wing, next to the female toilet.

  • There is level access to this accessible toilet.

  • This is by lift.

  • 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 160cm x 215cm (5ft 3in x 7ft 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 110cm (3ft 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.

  • 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 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 102cm (3ft 4in).

  • 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 contrast between the walls and floor is good.

  • The lighting levels are medium.

  • Standard toilet facilities are available.

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

  • The female and male toilet facilities that were surveyed are located towards the rear of the Abercromby Wing.

  • The female and male toilets are approximately 30m (32yd 2ft) from the main entrance.

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

  • Lighting levels are medium.

  • These toilets contain ambulant cubicles.

  • Staff do receive disability awareness / equality training.

  • Documents can be requested in Braille.

  • Documents are available 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.