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York Explore Library

Library Square, York, YO1 7DS

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Introduction

  • Services / facilities within the building include a library with local history and family history sections, an archive service, and a cafe.

Location

  • There is a bus stop within 150m (164yds) of the venue.
  • The nearest National Rail station is York.

Opening Hours

Parking

  • The venue does have its own car park.
  • Venue Car Park View
    • Parking is free for Blue Badge holders.
    • The car park is located in front of the building and to the right.
    • The car park type is open air/surface.
    • Parking spaces for Blue Badge holders cannot booked in advance.
    • There is/are 2 Blue Badge parking bay(s) within the car park.
    • There is no standard parking available at this location. The blue badge bays are signposted but not marked.
    • The nearest Blue Badge bay is 5m (5yd 1ft) from the main entrance.
    • The furthest Blue Badge bay is 8m (8yd 2ft) from the main entrance.
    • The route from the car park to the entrance is accessible to a wheelchair user unaided.
    • The car park surface is tarmac.
    • There is not a road to cross between the car park and the entrance.
    • The car park does not have a height restriction barrier.
  • Drop-off Point View
    • There is not a designated drop off point.

Outside Access (Main Entrance)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located at the front of the building.
    • There is ramped/sloped access at this entrance.
    • The main door(s) open(s) towards you (pull).
    • The door(s) is/are permanently held open.
    • The door(s) is/are double width.
    • The width of the door opening is 126cm.
    • 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.
    • The door(s) is/are double width.
    • The width of the door opening is 116cm.
  • Ramp/Slope View
    • The ramp/slope is located directly after the second set of doors.
    • The gradient of the ramp/slope is steep.
    • The ramp/slope is permanent.
    • There is a level landing at the top of the ramp/slope.
    • There is a/are handrail(s) at the ramp.
    • The handrail(s) is/are on both sides.
    • The lighting levels at the ramp/slope are moderate to good.
  • Comments View
    • There is a very short steep ramp just before the first set of entrance doors.

Inside Access (Main Building)

  • There is level access to the service(s).
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.
  • This venue does not play background music.
  • Motorised scooters are welcomed in public parts of the venue.
  • The lighting levels are good.
  • Comments View
    • There are some large repeating patterns on the flooring throughout the main building atrium.

Reception (Library)

  • The desk/counter is 15m (16yd 1ft) from the main entrance.
  • There is level access to the desk/counter from the entrance.
  • The desk/counter is medium height (77cm - 109cm).
  • The desk/counter has a low (76cm or lower) section.
  • The lighting levels are good.
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.

Library

  • 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 not have computers with accessible software.
  • Auxiliary aids are not available for computer users.
  • Equipment available for people with a visual impairment includes magnifying software.
  • Comments View
    • There are seating clusters throughout the library.
    • The computer screens and office chairs are height adjustable.
    • There is a library touchscreen to the right of the main library doors.
    • The touchscreen has an accessibility mode.
    • The height of the screen in accessibility mode is 130cm.
    • The height in standard mode is 151cm.

Eating and Drinking (Café)

  • The following information is for the café.
  • The café is located through the main entrance and to the right.
  • 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 10m (10yd 2ft) from the main entrance.
  • The distance between the floor and the lowest table is 38cm (1ft 3in).
  • The distance between the floor and the highest table is 72cm (2ft 4in).
  • The standard height for tables is 72cm.
  • 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 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 meals and snacks.
  • Comments View
    • There is a self-service section to the left of the service counter.

Level Change (Marriott and Brierley Rooms)

  • There is a ramp/slope to access this area/service.
  • The ramp/slope is located to the right of the Marriott Room entrance.
  • The ramp/slope gradient is slight.
  • The ramp/slope is permanent.
  • There is a level landing at the top of the ramp/slope.
  • The ramp does not have handrails.
  • Comments View
    • This ramp can be avoided by using the doors to the left of the main entrance.

Marriott Room

  • The Marriott room is located to the left of the main library.
  • This room is a meeting room that can be hired out.
  • There is a manual, double door that opens both ways (push and pull).
  • The opening width of the door is 117cm.
  • The door is heavy and may be difficult to open.
  • There is ample room for a wheelchair user to manoeuvre within the room.
  • The flooring is wooden and shiny.
  • Lighting levels are good.
  • There are tables with an underside height of 70cm.
  • There are chairs without armrests available.
  • There is a fixed hearing loop system in this room.
  • At the time of the survey the hearing loop was switched off and could not be tested (March 2024).

Lift

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located to the right of the main building atrium.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are G, 1.
  • Wall mounted information boards are not provided at lift landings.
  • There are manual, double doors which are easy to open to access the lift lobby on all floors.
  • The lift is approximately 10m (10yd 2ft) from the main entrance.
  • Staff do not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The clear door width is 77cm (2ft 6in).
  • The dimensions of the lift are 109cm x 140cm (3ft 7in x 4ft 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 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 good.

Other Floors

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are G, 1.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • The steps are clearly marked.
    • The steps are medium height (11cm - 17cm).
    • The steps do have handrails.
    • There is a landing.
    • The lighting levels are moderate to good.
  • Comments View
    • There are two separate staircases on the ground floor that form one staircase at the half-landing.
    • The handrails are on one side of the first set of staircases, and then on both sides from the half-landing upwards.

Reception (Archives And Local History)

  • The desk/counter is 15m (16yd 1ft) from the lift.
  • There is level access to the desk/counter from the entrance.
  • The desk/counter is high (110cm+).
  • The desk/counter has a low (76cm or lower) section.
  • The lighting levels are good.
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.

Changing Places

  • Location and Access View
    • The facility is located on the ground floor, at the rear of the main library.
    • The facility is approximately 25m (27yd 1ft) from the main entrance.
    • The facility is in addition to standard and accessible toilets.
    • The facility is located close to other managed facilities (e.g. reception or service counter).
    • There is level access to the facility.
    • The facility surveyed is for the sole use of disabled people.
    • There is a high colour contrast between the external door and wall.
    • There is a high colour contrast between the internal door and wall.
    • You do need a key for the facility.
    • The key is not a radar key.
    • The key can be obtained from members of staff.
    • There is not a sign at the entrance to the Changing Places facility indicating the location of the nearest toilets and baby changing facilities.
    • The door opens inwards.
    • The door may be difficult to open.
    • The door is locked by a locking handle.
    • The door has a horizontal grab rail.
    • The width of the door is 75cm (2ft 6in).
    • The dimensions of the facility are 460cm x 171cm.
    • The ceiling height is at a minimum of 2.4m.
    • There is not a clear 200cm x 180cm manoeuvring space in the facility.
    • The facility has not got a non-slip floor.
    • There is a medium colour contrast between the walls and floor.
  • Toilet Details View
    • The facility toilet has a transfer space on both sides.
    • The transfer space on the right as you face the toilet is 267cm (8ft 9in).
    • The transfer space on the left as you face the toilet is 158cm (5ft 2in).
    • Dropdown rails are provided.
    • As you face the toilet the dropdown rail(s) is/are on both sides.
    • There is a high colour contrast between the dropdown rail(s) and wall.
    • There are no vertical grab rails for the toilet.
    • The height of the toilet seat above floor level is 47cm (1ft 7in).
    • There is a spatula flush.
    • There is a toilet roll holder.
    • The height of the toilet roll holder is 80cm.
    • The toilet has a cistern.
    • There is a high colour contrast between the toilet seat and pan.
    • There is an emergency alarm for the toilet.
    • The emergency pull cord alarm is out of reach (higher than 10cm (4") from floor).
  • Changing Bench and Hoist Details View
    • The facility changing bench is free standing.
    • The facility changing bench height is adjustable.
    • The length of the facility changing bench is 175cm (5ft 9in).
    • The facility hoist is powered overhead.
    • The overhead hoist covers all areas in the cubicle.
  • Shower Details View
    • There is not a shower unit with a detachable shower head.
  • Other Facilities View
    • A privacy screen is not available.
    • The type of wash basin is fixed.
    • The height of the wash basin is 84cm.
    • The wash basin tap type is lever.
    • There is a mixer tap.
    • Wall mounted grab rails are available at the wash basin.
    • As you face the wash basin, the wall mounted grab rails are on both sides.
    • There is a medium colour contrast between the wash basin grab rail(s) and wall.
    • There is a soap dispenser.
    • The soap dispenser is not at the recommended height of 80cm-100cm.
    • The height of the soap dispenser is 117cm.
    • Wide tear off paper roll is available.
    • There is a hand dryer.
    • The hand dryer is not at the recommended height of 80cm-100cm.
    • The height of the hand dryer is 108cm.
    • There is a towel dispenser.
    • The towel dispenser is not at the recommended height of 80cm-100cm.
    • The height of the towel dispenser is 125cm.
    • There is a mirror.
    • The mirror is not placed at a lower level or at an angle for ease of use.
    • There is a/are sanitary, non-infectious waste and open waste paper bin disposal units.
    • There is not an emergency alarm for the facility.
    • There is a coat hook.
    • The height of the coat hook is 163cm from the floor.
    • There is not a red flashing fire alarm beacon within the room.
    • The lighting levels are good.
  • Comments View
    • There is a baby change unit with a height of 81cm.
    • The wide tear-off paper roller is attached to the back of the changing bench, which is height adjustable.

Level Change (First Floor Toilets)

  • There is a ramp/slope to access this area/service.
  • The ramp/slope is located directly ahead after exiting the lift.
  • The ramp/slope gradient is slight.
  • The ramp/slope is permanent.
  • There is not a level landing at the top of the ramp/slope.
  • The ramp does have handrails.
  • The handrails are on both sides.
  • The width of the ramp/slope is 124cm (4ft 1in).

Toilet with Adaptations (Left Hand Transfer)

  • Accessible toilet facilities are available.
  • Location and Access View
    • There is pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 5m (5yd 1ft) from the lift.
    • This accessible toilet is located on the first floor, ahead and to the left as you exit the lift.
    • There is not level access to this accessible toilet.
  • Features and Dimensions View
    • This is a shared toilet.
    • A key is required for the accessible toilet.
    • The key is a radar key.
    • The key can be obtained from a volunteer or member of staff.
    • The door opens outwards.
    • The door is locked by a locking handle.
    • The width of the accessible toilet door is 83cm (2ft 9in).
    • The door may be difficult to open.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 154cm x 235cm (5ft 1in x 7ft 9in).
    • 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 left.
    • The lateral transfer space is 79cm (2ft 7in).
    • There is a dropdown rail on the transfer side.
    • There is a flush, however it is not 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 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 sanitary disposal units.
    • There is a/are coat hook(s).
    • The height of the coat hook is 182cm from the floor.
  • Position of Fixtures View
    • Wall mounted grab rails are available for the toilet.
    • 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 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).
  • Colour Contrast and Lighting View
    • There is a high colour contrast between the external door and wall.
    • There is a high colour contrast between the internal door and wall.
    • There is a low colour contrast between the wall-mounted grab rail(s) and wall.
    • There is a low colour contrast between the dropdown rail(s) and wall.
    • There is a low colour contrast between the walls and floor.
    • The lighting levels are good.

Standard Toilet(s)

Parent and Baby Room

  • There is a parent and baby room for public use.
  • The parent and baby room is located on the first floor, at the far right of the corridor ahead, as you exit the lift.
  • The parent and baby room is approximately 10m from the lift.
  • There is ramped/sloped access to the parent and baby room.
  • Staff do need to be notified for use of the room.
  • There is pictorial and written text signage on or near the parent and baby room door.
  • The baby change table is not set against the wall, permanently fixed at 75cm from the floor.
  • The baby change table is not height adjustable.
  • The height of the baby change table once extended is 92cm (3ft).
  • There are disposal facilities in the parent and baby room.
  • There is a wash basin in the parent and baby room.
  • The height of the wash basin is 92cm.
  • The wash basin tap type is sensor.
  • There is/are not chair(s) in the parent and baby room.
  • There is a toilet in the parent and baby room.
  • There is a red flashing fire alarm beacon within the room.
  • The lighting levels are good.

Additional Info

  • Documents are not available 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 cannot be requested.
  • Home visits / services are not available.