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Bernard King Library

Abertay University, Bell Street, Dundee, DD1 1HG

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Introduction

  • Services / facilities within the building include university and public library services, student enquiry zone (SEZ), student services, IT Training Centre, Creative Design Suite, electronic resources, open access PC's, collections, archives, group study areas, Library Café.

Opening Times (Library - Term Time)

  • Monday 08:00 - 00:00.
  • Tuesday 08:00 - 00:00.
  • Wednesday 08:00 - 00:00.
  • Thursday 08:00 - 00:00.
  • Friday 08:00 - 22:00.
  • Saturday 10:00 - 22:00.
  • Sunday 10:00 - 22:00.

Getting Here

  • By Road View
    • Abertay is located to the north of the City Centre, just off the A991 North Marketgait. Bell Street is accessed from Victoria Road (A929) but parking is restricted. Drivers are advised to use the West Bell Street multi-storey car park.
      Approach the university on the A991. From the west, at the Dudhope Roundabout, take the east bound carriageway and follow the car park sign to the left at the second junction (Constitution Road) then immediately left (Dudhope Crescent Road). From the east, take the slip road on the left just before the car park. There is no direct access from the Bell Street or West Bell Street.
    • Parking on campus is restricted. Visitors and students are advised to use the West Bell Street multi-storey car park, accessed from the A991 North Marketgait. The car park is open daily from 08:00 to 20:00 hrs. Blue Badge parking is free every day.
  • By Bus View
    • There are three bus stops on Panmure Street, approximately 200m from the college:
      Albert Square (Stop 2) - bus routes 1A, 1B, 360
      Albert Square (Stop 3) - bus route 18
      Albert Square (Stop 4) - bus routes 28, 29
      There is a further bus stop in Victoria Road (Meadow Place stop) off Bell Street, approximately 200m from the university, served by bus route 202. Dundee bus station is located on Seagate in Dundee and is about 0.4 miles (8 to 10 minutes walk) from the university. There is a taxi rank next to the bus station on Trades Lane.
  • By Train View
    • Dundee train station is located on South Union Street in Dundee. The train station is 0.5 miles (11 to 13 minutes walk) from the university. There is a taxi rank next to the station on Riverside Drive. There is not a direct bus link from the train station to the university.
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Useful Information

  • To see more information on Support Enquiry Zone (SEZ) please click here (opens new tab).
  • Telephone Number: 01382 308 833.
  • Email: sez@abertay.co.uk.
  • The Support Enquiry Zone (SEZ) is located in the Bernard King Library, level 1. It provides a 'one stop shop' for students who require help and advice on any aspect of university life.
  • To see more information on Disabled Student Support please click here (opens new tab).
  • Telephone Number: 01382 308 051.
  • Email: disabilityadvisors@abertay.ac.uk.
  • The team can advise on a range of matters, including special exam arrangements and the Disabled Student Allowance. In addition, the team will liaise with and offer advice to academic schools to ensure that a comprehensive enhancement package is in place which results in the most appropriate means of support to students.
  • To see more information on Residences Office please click here (opens new tab).
  • Telephone Number: 01382 308 049.
  • Email: residences@abertay.ac.uk.
  • The Residence Office is located in room 3018D on level 3 of the Old College building. The office is open 09:00 to 17:00 Monday to Friday.
  • To see more information on Admissions Office please click here (opens new tab).
  • Telephone Number: 01382 308 000.
  • Email: admissions@abertay.ac.uk.
  • The Admissions section in Registry is responsible for the oversight of all UK and EU applications to undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. Some of the main services include:
    * Acting as a central source for receiving and updating UCAS application data
    * Assessing application forms for disabilities and criminal convictions prior to distribution to School Offices
    * Process home and EU direct undergraduate and postgraduate applications
    * Assessing fee status of new students
    * Processing applicants’ entry qualifications and assisting Schools with verification of such qualifications
    * Provide Schools and senior University management with admissions data
    * Process and send orientation packs to new students.
  • British Sign Language (BSL) users can also make contact by using the online interpreting service at contact SCOTLAND-BSL at the websitehttps://contactscotland-bsl.org/.

Building Parking

  • The building does not have its own dedicated parking.
  • Site/Campus Car Parks View
    • There is a site/campus car park for staff and students within approximately 200m.
    • The name of the car park is Abertay University.
    • The car park is located on Bell Street next to the main university buildings?.
  • Public Car Parks View
    • There is a car park for public use within 200m (approx).
    • The name of the car park is West Bell Steet.
    • The car park is located on West Bell Street, accessed from Dudhope Crescent / North Marketgait.
  • On Street Parking View
    • Clearly signed and/or marked on street Blue Badge parking bays are available.
    • The dimensions of the marked Blue Badge bays are 210cm x 600cm (6ft 11in x 19ft 8in).
    • The on street Blue Badge parking bay(s) is/are located on Bell Street outside the Kydd Building main entrance.
    • Clearly signed and/or standard marked parking bays are available.
    • The dimensions of the standard marked parking bays are 210cm x 500cm (6ft 11in x 16ft 5in).
    • The on street standard parking bay(s) is/are located on West Bell Street and Constitution Road.
  • Drop Off Point View
    • There is not a designated drop off point.
  • Comments View
    • At the time of survey parts of the university campus car park were closed off for construction works, including all Blue Badge bays.

Site/Campus Car Park

  • Car Park View
    • The car park is located off Bell Street.
    • The nearest building(s) to this car park is/are the Kydd, Old College and Graham buildings.
    • The car park type is open air/surface.
    • The car park does not have a height restriction barrier.
    • The car park surface is tarmac.
    • Designated Blue Badge parking bays are available.
    • The Blue Badge bay(s) is/are clearly marked.
    • There is/are 6 designated Blue Badge parking bay(s) within this car park.
    • The dimensions of the designated parking bay(s) are 410cm x 500cm (13ft 5in x 16ft 5in).
    • The dimensions of the designated bays do not vary in size.
  • Charges and Restrictions View
    • This car park can be used by staff and students.
    • Parking charges apply for all users.
    • Signs are not provided to give information on parking charges/restrictions.
  • Drop Off Point View
    • There is not a designated drop off point in this car park.
  • Car Park Access View
    • There is sloped access to the car park from the Kydd Building.
    • This car park is not clearly signposted from the buildings.
  • Comments View
    • The car park is divided into two parts accessed from Bell Street, one part to the left of the Kydd Building, the other between the Kydd Building and the Old College building accessed through the tunnel.
    • At the time of survey construction works were taking place and Blue Badge bays were out of commission. Also there was no access to the building via the side entrances.

Outside Access (Main Entrance)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located at the front of the building.
    • There is step free access at this entrance.
    • There is not a bell/buzzer.
    • There is not an intercom.
    • There is a canopy or recess which provides weather protection at this entrance.
    • The main door(s) open(s) automatically (towards you).
    • The door(s) is/are push pad activated.
    • The door(s) is / are single.
    • The width of the door opening is 113cm (3ft 8in).
  • Comments View
    • There is a manual revolving door adjacent at this entrance. The door opening is 122cm (photograph 4).
    • Beyond the entrance there is an open security barrier. The minimum width is 110cm (photographs 5 and 6).

Outside Access (Café Entrance)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located to the left of the main entrance.
    • There is step free access at this entrance.
    • There is not a bell/buzzer.
    • There is not an intercom.
    • There is not a canopy or recess which provides weather protection at this entrance.
    • The main door(s) open(s) both ways.
    • The door(s) is / are single.
    • The door(s) is / are heavy.
    • The width of the door opening is 86cm (2ft 10in).
    • There is a small lip on the threshold of the entrance, with a height of 2cm or below.

Reception (Support Enquiry Zone (SEZ))

  • Support Enquiry Desk is located to the right on level 1 as you enter.
  • The desk is 15m (16yd 1ft) 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 bright.
  • The reception desk/counter is low (76cm or lower).
  • There is a clear knee recess beneath the low/lowered counter.
  • The desk is staffed.
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.
  • There is a touch screen.
  • Comments View
    • There are touch screens at the self issue and return kiosks for books and the appointment check-in terminal. Assistance is available at the SEZ desk.
  • Opening Times View
    • Monday 08:30 - 19:00.
    • Tuesday 08:30 - 19:00.
    • Wednesday 08:30 - 19:00.
    • Thursday 08:30 - 19:00.
    • Friday 08:30 - 17:00.
    • Saturday 12:00 - 17:00.
    • Sunday 12:00 - 17:00.

Getting Around

  • Access View
    • There is step free access throughout the building via lift(s).
    • There are not doors in corridors which have to be opened manually.
  • Getting Around View
    • There is not clear signage for building facilities/areas in the foyer/reception area.
    • There is clearly written directional signage at key points of circulation routes.
    • There is some flooring in corridors which is shiny and could cause issues with glare or look slippery to some people.
    • There is some flooring in corridors which includes patterns or colours which could be confusing or look like steps or holes to some people.
    • There is good colour contrast between the walls and floor in all areas.
    • The lighting levels are varied.
    • This building does not play background music.
    • There is not a hearing assistance system.

Other Floors

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are 1, 2, 3 and 4.
    • The stairs are located to the rear right as you enter.
    • The stairs are approximately 15m from the main entrance.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • The lighting levels are medium.
    • The steps are clearly marked.
    • The steps are medium height (11cm - 17cm).
    • The steps do have handrails.
    • The steps have a handrail on both sides.
    • There is a landing.

Lift

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located to the right as you enter on level 1 next to the staircase.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are 1, 2, 3 and 4.
  • Wall mounted information boards are provided at lift landings.
  • The weight limit for the lift is 800kg.
  • The lift is approximately 18m (19yd 2ft) from the main entrance.
  • Staff do not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The clear door width is 78cm (2ft 7in).
  • The dimensions of the lift are 135cm x 147cm (4ft 5in x 4ft 10in).
  • 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 has a hearing enhancement system.
  • The lift does 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.
  • Comments View
    • The hearing assistance system is on the emergency intercom only.

Library

  • 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 an ordering service.
  • It takes approximately 2 to 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, height adjustable table and height adjustable chair is / are available.
  • Comments View
    • Staff are able to provide book fetch service for people with disabilities.

Eating and Drinking (Library Café)

  • Location and Access View
    • The following information is for the café.
    • The café is located to the left as you enter the building.
    • There is step-free access to the café.
  • Service and Menus View
    • Tables cannot be booked in advance.
    • There is a counter where food and drink can be ordered.
    • Staff can bring food and/or drinks to tables.
    • Menu types include; large print menus, handheld menus and written wall menus.
    • Menus are clearly written.
    • Menus are presented in contrasting colours.
    • The type of food served here is hot and cold meals and snacks.
    • Plastic/takeaway cups are available.
    • Adapted cups are not available.
    • Adapted cutlery is not available.
    • Drinking straws are available.
    • This area does play background music.
    • Background music is played at all times.
    • There is not a hearing assistance system.
  • Service Counter(s) View
    • The height of the counter is 92cm.
    • The height of the lowered section at the counter is 71cm.
    • There is a clear knee recess beneath the low/lowered section of the counter.
    • There is a moveable card machine available for payment.
    • The type of flooring in this area is vinyl.
  • Tables and Seating View
    • There is ample room for a wheelchair user to manoeuvre.
    • The majority of tables are accessible to wheelchair users.
    • The standard height for the underside of dining tables is 70cm.
    • There are also high tables and high stools.
    • The surface height of the highest table is 110cm.
    • Some tables are permanently fixed.
    • Some chairs are permanently fixed.
    • Some chairs have armrests on both sides.
    • The type of flooring in this area is carpet.
    • The lighting levels are moderate to good.
    • Access to the additional seating area is via the café terrace door.
    • There is additional seating available on the terrace outside.
  • Opening Times View
    • Monday 09:00 - 17:00.
    • Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00.
    • Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00.
    • Thursday 09:00 - 17:00.
    • Friday 09:00 - 17:00.
    • Saturday Closed.
    • Sunday Closed.

Location of Toilet/Changing Facilities

  • Accessible toilet facilities are located on level 1, 2, 3 and 4.
  • Female and male standard toilet facilities are located on level 1, 2, 3 and 4.

Accessible Toilet(s) (Level 1)

  • Location and Access View
    • This accessible toilet is located to the rear of level 1, directly ahead as you enter.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 18m (19yd 2ft) from the main entrance.
    • There is step-free access to the accessible toilet.
    • This is a shared toilet.
    • A key is not required for the accessible toilet.
    • There is pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.
    • The contrast between the external door and wall is good.
    • The door opens outwards.
    • The door is heavy.
    • The door is locked by a twist lock.
    • The width of the accessible toilet opening is 87cm (2ft 10in).
    • The contrast between the internal door and wall is good.
    • The door has a horizontal grab rail.
    • The contrast between the horizontal grab rail and internal door is good.
  • Toilet Features View
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 157cm x 370cm (5ft 2in x 12ft 2in).
    • The accessible toilet does have an unobstructed minimum turning space of 150cm x 150cm.
    • The lighting levels are good.
    • There is a lateral transfer space.
    • As you face the toilet pan the transfer space is on the right.
    • The lateral transfer space is 70cm (2ft 4in).
    • There is a flush on the transfer side.
    • There is not a spatula type lever flush.
    • There is a lever flush.
    • There is a dropdown rail on the transfer side.
    • The contrast between the dropdown rail(s) and wall is poor.
    • There is a/are wall-mounted grab rail(s) available.
    • As you face the toilet the wall-mounted grab rail(s) is/are on both sides.
    • There is a vertical wall-mounted grab rail on the transfer side.
    • There is a horizontal wall-mounted grab rail on the opposite side of the seat to the transfer space.
    • The contrast between the wall-mounted grab rail(s) to the left of the toilet and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the wall-mounted grab rail(s) to the right of the toilet and wall is poor.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • There is an emergency alarm.
    • The emergency pull cord alarm is fully functional.
    • There is not a red flashing fire alarm beacon within the toilet.
    • Disposal facilities are available in the toilet.
    • There is a/are female sanitary and general waste (with no lid) disposal units.
    • There is not a/are not coat hook(s).
  • Additional Fixtures View
    • There is a mirror.
    • The mirror is not placed at a lower level or at an angle for ease of use.
    • There is not a colostomy bag shelf next to the toilet.
    • The toilet has a cistern.
    • There is a lid attached to the toilet seat.
    • The height of the toilet seat above floor level is 44cm (1ft 5in).
    • The toilet seat colour contrast is poor.
    • 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).
    • The contrast between the toilet roll holder and the wall is good.
    • There is a wash basin.
    • The wash basin and tap(s) can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The wash basin is not placed higher than 74cm (2ft 5in).
    • There is a vertical wall-mounted grab rail on the right hand side of the wash basin.
    • The contrast between the wash basin wall-mounted grab rail(s) and wall is good.
    • The wash basin tap type is lever.
    • There is a wall fixed soap dispenser.
    • The soap dispenser can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The height of the soap dispenser is 99cm.
    • 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).
    • The contrast between the towel dispenser and the wall is good.
    • There is not a hand dryer.

Accessible Toilet(s) (Upper Floors)

  • Location and Access View
    • This accessible toilet is located to the right as you exit the lift.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 10m (10yd 2ft) from the lift.
    • There is step-free access to the accessible toilet.
    • This is a shared toilet.
    • A key is not required for the accessible toilet.
    • There is pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.
    • The contrast between the external door and wall is good.
    • The door opens outwards.
    • The door is heavy.
    • The door is locked by a twist lock.
    • The width of the accessible toilet opening is 78cm (2ft 7in).
    • The contrast between the internal door and wall is good.
    • The door has a horizontal grab rail.
    • The contrast between the horizontal grab rail and internal door is good.
  • Toilet Features View
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 143cm x 229cm (4ft 8in x 7ft 6in).
    • The accessible toilet does not have an unobstructed minimum turning space of 150cm x 150cm.
    • The lighting levels are good.
    • There is a lateral transfer space.
    • As you face the toilet pan the transfer space is on the left.
    • The lateral transfer space is 74cm (2ft 5in).
    • The transfer space is obstructed by a female sanitary bin.
    • There is a flush, however it is not on the transfer side.
    • There is not a spatula type lever flush.
    • There is a lever flush.
    • There is a dropdown rail on the transfer side.
    • The contrast between the dropdown rail(s) and wall is poor.
    • There is a/are wall-mounted grab rail(s) available.
    • As you face the toilet the wall-mounted grab rail(s) is/are on both sides.
    • There is a vertical wall-mounted grab rail on the transfer side.
    • There is a horizontal wall-mounted grab rail on the opposite side of the seat to the transfer space.
    • The contrast between the wall-mounted grab rail(s) and wall is poor.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • There is an emergency alarm.
    • The emergency pull cord alarm is fully functional.
    • There is not a red flashing fire alarm beacon within the toilet.
    • Disposal facilities are available in the toilet.
    • There is a/are female sanitary and general waste (with lid) disposal units.
    • There is a/are coat hook(s).
    • There are coat hooks in the toilet at 128cm and 140cm from the floor.
  • Additional Fixtures View
    • There is a mirror.
    • The mirror is not placed at a lower level or at an angle for ease of use.
    • There is not a colostomy bag shelf next to the toilet.
    • The toilet has a cistern.
    • There is a lid attached to the toilet seat.
    • The height of the toilet seat above floor level is 43cm (1ft 5in).
    • The toilet seat colour contrast is poor.
    • 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).
    • The contrast between the toilet roll holder and the wall is poor.
    • There is a wash basin.
    • The wash basin and tap(s) can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The wash basin is not placed higher than 74cm (2ft 5in).
    • There is a vertical wall-mounted grab rail on the left hand side of the wash basin.
    • The contrast between the wash basin wall-mounted grab rail(s) and wall is poor.
    • The wash basin tap type is twist/turn.
    • There is a wall fixed soap dispenser.
    • The soap dispenser cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The height of the soap dispenser is 100cm.
    • There is a towel dispenser.
    • The towel dispenser cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The towel dispenser is placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • The height of the towel dispenser is 106cm (3ft 6in).
    • The contrast between the towel dispenser and the wall is poor.
    • There is not a hand dryer.
  • Comments View
    • There are similar cubicles on levels 3 and 4.

Standard Toilet(s)

  • Toilet Facilities View
    • The female and male toilets are located at the rear of the building, directly ahead as you enter.
    • There is step-free access to the toilet(s).
    • The standard toilet(s) is/are approximately 18m from the main entrance.
    • The colour contrast between the external toilet door(s) and wall(s) is good.
    • There is pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.
    • An ambulant toilet cubicle is not available.
    • The height of the wash basin(s) is 81cm.
    • The wash basin(s) tap type is twist/turn.
    • Lighting levels are moderate to good.
  • Comments View
    • There are similar facilities on all levels.