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Acomb Explore Library

Front Street, York, Yorkshire, YO24 3BZ

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Introduction

  • Services / facilities within the building include a library, café, computer room and meeting room.
  • Services / facilities within the grounds include a community garden space.

Location

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

Parking

  • The venue does have its own car park.
  • Venue Car Park View
    • Parking is free for all users.
    • The car park is located at the rear right of the building.
    • The car park type is open air/surface.
    • There is/are 0 Blue Badge parking bay(s) within the car park.
    • There are unclear markings from where a Blue Badge bay used to be, but this is no longer a Blue Badge bay.
    • 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 dropped kerbs.
    • The car park surface is tarmac.
    • There is a dropped kerb between the car park and the venue.
    • The dropped kerb does 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.
  • Drop-off Point View
    • There is not a designated drop off point.

Opening Hours

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.
    • The main door(s) open(s) automatically.
    • The door(s) is/are double width.
    • The width of the door opening is 109cm.

Eating and Drinking (Acomb Explore Café)

  • The following information is for the café.
  • The café is located to the right as you enter the venue.
  • Full table service is 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.
  • Some tables are permanently fixed.
  • No chairs are permanently fixed.
  • No chairs have armrests.
  • The nearest table is approximately 1m (3ft 3in) from the main entrance.
  • The standard height for tables is 70cm.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Reception (Library Reception)

  • The desk/counter is 10m (10yd 2ft) from the main entrance.
  • There is level access to the desk/counter from the entrance.
  • The desk/counter is low (76cm or lower).
  • 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
    • The computer monitors and office chairs are height adjustable.
    • The height to the underside of the computer desks is 68cm.
    • There are fixed and unfixed chairs with and without armrests.
    • There is a touchscreen library system with a lowered accessibility mode.
    • The height to the top of the touchscreen in accessibility mode is 130cm.
    • The height to the top of the touchscreen in standard mode is 150cm.

Computer Room

  • The computer room is located through the main library and is the first door on the left.
  • There is a single door that opens away from you (push) to enter.
  • The door is easy to open and has an opening width of 81cm.
  • Inside there is ample room for a wheelchair user to manoeuvre.
  • The flooring is carpet and lighting levels are high.
  • There are desks with an underside height of 71cm.
  • The computer monitors and office chairs are height adjustable.
  • There are chairs with armrests available.
  • There is a fixed hearing loop system in this room.
  • The hearing loop is clearly signed.
  • It was tested on 03/04/2024 and was working at the time of the test.

Rear Meeting Room

  • The rear meeting room is located through the main library and is the second door on the left.
  • There is a similar meeting room at the front of the building, opposite the Acomb Explore Café.
  • There is a single door that opens away from you (push) to enter.
  • The door is easy to open and has an opening width of 81cm.
  • Inside there is ample room for a wheelchair user to manoeuvre.
  • The flooring is carpet and lighting levels are high.
  • There is a meeting table with an underside height of 70cm.
  • There are chairs without armrests available.
  • There is a fixed hearing loop system in this room.
  • The hearing loop is clearly signed.
  • It was tested on 03/04/2024 but no sound was picked up at the time of the test.

Entrance (Rear Garden Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located at the rear of the library.
  • Entrance View
    • There is ramped/sloped access at this entrance.
    • The main door(s) open(s) away from you (push).
    • The door(s) is/are double width.
    • The door(s) may be difficult to open.
    • The width of the door opening is 177cm.
    • There is a small lip on the threshold of the entrance, with a height of 2cm or below.
  • Ramp/Slope View
    • The ramp/slope is located directly after the doors.
    • The gradient of the ramp/slope is steep.

Rear Garden

  • The rear garden is located at the rear of the library.
  • The surfaces are concrete tiles and grass.
  • There is a mixture of seating with and without armrests available.

Changing Places

  • Location and Access View
    • The facility is located in the toilet area, to the right of the library.
    • The facility is approximately 15m (16yd 1ft) from the main entrance.
    • The facility is not in addition to standard and accessible toilets.
    • The facility is not located close to other managed facilities (e.g. reception or service counter).
    • There is level access to the facility.
    • The facility surveyed is not 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 not need a key for the facility.
    • The door opens outwards.
    • The door is easy to open.
    • The door is locked by a lever twist.
    • The door has a horizontal grab rail.
    • The width of the door is 91cm (2ft 12in).
    • The dimensions of the facility are 470cm x 281cm.
    • The ceiling height is not at a minimum of 2.4m.
    • There is a clear 200cm x 180cm manoeuvring space in the facility.
    • The facility has a non-slip floor.
    • There is a high 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 302cm (9ft 11in).
    • The transfer space on the left as you face the toilet is 116cm (3ft 10in).
    • 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.
    • As you face the toilet the vertical grab rail is on the right.
    • There is a high colour contrast between the wall-mounted grab rails to the right of the toilet and wall.
    • The height of the toilet seat above floor level is 48cm (1ft 7in).
    • There is a spatula flush.
    • There is a toilet roll holder.
    • The height of the toilet roll holder is 76cm.
    • The toilet has a lid obstructing the back rest/cistern/wall.
    • There is a low colour contrast between the toilet seat and pan.
    • There is an emergency alarm for the toilet.
    • The emergency pull cord alarm is tied up and 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 186cm (6ft 1in).
    • The facility hoist is powered overhead.
    • The overhead hoist covers all areas in the cubicle.
  • Other Facilities View
    • A privacy screen is not available.
    • The type of wash basin is fixed.
    • The height of the wash basin is 71cm.
    • The wash basin tap type is lever.
    • There is not 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 high 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 105cm.
    • Wide tear off paper roll is available.
    • The wide paper roll dispenser is at the recommended height of 80cm-100cm.
    • The height of the wide paper roll dispenser is 89cm.
    • There is not a hand dryer.
    • There is a towel dispenser.
    • The towel dispenser is not at the recommended height of 80cm-100cm.
    • The height of the towel dispenser is 107cm.
    • 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 an emergency alarm for the facility.
    • The emergency pull cord alarm is within reach and fully functional.
    • There is not a coat hook.
    • There is a red flashing fire alarm beacon within the room.
    • The lighting levels are good.
  • Comments View
    • There is a baby change facility located on the right wall of the changing places facility.
    • The height of the baby change table when folded down is 87cm.

Standard Toilet(s)

Additional Info

  • Documents are not available in Braille.
  • Documents are not 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 available.
  • Comments View
    • There is a home service available for registered users of the library.