Birkenhead Central Library

Access Guide

  • Monday 09:00 - 20:00.

  • Tuesday 09:00 - 20:00.

  • Wednesday Closed.

  • Thursday 09:00 - 20:00.

  • Friday 09:00 - 20:00.

  • Saturday 09:00 - 13:00.

  • Saturday 14:00 - 17:00.

  • Sunday Closed.

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

  • The nearest National Rail station is Birkenhead Central.

  • 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 Turner street.

  • The car park is located on Turner Street.

  • On street marked Blue Badge bays are not available.

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

  • There is not a designated drop off point.

  • The car park is free to use.

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  • 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) away from you (push).

  • The door(s) is / are double.

  • The door(s) is / are permanently held open.

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

  • There is a second set of doors.

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

  • The door(s) is / are double.

  • The door(s) is / are light.

  • The width of the door opening is 160cm (5ft 3in).

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  • 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 14 step(s) to the area/service.

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

  • The step(s) is/are not 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 in the centre.

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

  • There is not level access into the venue.

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

  • The door(s) is / are double.

  • The width of the door opening is 150cm (4ft 11in).

  • There is a small raised threshold in the doorway.

  • There is a second set of doors.

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

  • The door(s) is / are double.

  • The door(s) is / are permanently held open.

  • The width of the door opening is 150cm (4ft 11in).

  • There is a small raised threshold in the doorway.

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

  • The ramp or slope is located on the path 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.

  • The width of the ramp/slope is 120cm (3ft 11in).

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  • This information is for the entrance located to the rear of the building.

  • There is not level access into the venue.

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

  • The door(s) is / are double.

  • The door(s) is / are light.

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

  • The garden area can only be accessed from inside the library.

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

  • The ramp or slope is located immediately beyond the entrance.

  • The ramp/slope is easy.

  • The ramp/slope is permanent.

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  • The desk/counter is 15m (16yd 1ft) from the accessible entrance.

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

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

  • The desk/counter does not have 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.

  • There is a touch screen.

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

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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 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.

  • Accessible software includes Zoomtext.

  • Auxiliary aids are available for computer users.

  • A height adjustable table and height adjustable chair is / are available.

  • There is a children's library on the ground floor to the right of reception.

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

  • There are 15+ steps between floors.

  • The steps are not clearly marked.

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

  • The steps do have handrails.

  • The steps have a handrail on the left going up.

  • There is a landing.

  • The lighting levels are medium.

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  • There is a lift for public use.

  • The lift is located to the left of the reception.

  • The lift is a standard lift.

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

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

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

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

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

  • 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 not have a visual floor indicator.

  • The lift does not 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.

  • This lift can only be used by users needing assistance or with buggies, prams etc, with assistance from a member of staff.

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  • There is a reference library available on the first floor, 18m from the lift. It is accessed by double doors that open towards you and are 140cm wide.

  • There are security barriers just beyond the entrance that are 90cm wide.

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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 28m (30yd 1ft) from the accessible entrance.

  • The accessible toilet is located immediately beyond the main entrance.

  • 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 a member of staff.

  • The door opens outwards.

  • The door is locked by a locking handle.

  • The width of the accessible toilet door is 90cm (2ft 11in).

  • The door is light.

  • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 190cm x 400cm (6ft 3in x 13ft 1in).

  • 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 right.

  • The lateral transfer space is 120cm (3ft 11in).

  • 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 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 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 47cm (1ft 7in).

  • There is a hand dryer.

  • The hand dryer can 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 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.

  • 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 80cm (2ft 7in).

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  • Standard toilet facilities are not available.

  • Staff do receive disability awareness / equality training.

  • Documents can be requested in Braille.

  • Documents are available 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.

  • Home visits / services are available.