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The John and Aileen O'Reilly Library Building, Dublin City University, Glasnevin, Dublin, DUBLIN 9

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Introduction

  • Services / facilities within the building include library facilities, books, journals, archives, special collections, quiet study areas, bookable group study rooms, Writing Centre, Maths Learning Centre, postgraduate research room, Sensory Pod, printing services.
  • Zero One Cafe link (new tab) - click here.

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Getting Here (Glasnevin Campus)

  • By Road View
    • From the M50 take the R108 Ballymun Road exit (Junction 4). At the junction take the R108 Ballymun Road south. Continue 2km to the Collins Avenue/Ballymun Road crossroads.
      For DCU Glasnevin campus main entrance and car parks 1 and 2, turn left on to Collins Avenue. DCU is located 700m to the right after the third set of traffic lights on Collins Avenue.
      For DCU Glasnevin campus residences and car parks 3 and 4, continue straight ahead on Ballymun Road for 500m to the traffic lights. DCU is located to the left From City Centre: - Follow the airport road towards the M1. Continue until you reach the junction at Whitehall. At this crossroads, turn left onto Collins Avenue. Continue along Collins Avenue until you pass St. Aidan’s CBS on your left-hand side. DCU is located just after the school.
    • There are two car parks off Collins Avenue: Car Park 1 multi-storey for staff, students, visitors and guests; and Car Park 2 surface car park for staff and student permit holders. There are two car parks off Ballymun Road: Car Parks 3 and 4 for staff and student permit holders.
  • By Bus View
    • Buses 16, 31d, 42d, 44, 70d, 104, 220 and 220A stop on campus by The Helix (Stop # 7571). Buses 109a and 126 stop on Collins Ave (Stop # 135021). Buses 4, 9, 11, 13 stop on Ballymun Road (Stop # 37/4680).
  • By Train View
    • The nearest station Drumcondra is 3.3km away. There is level access to the ticket office and lifts to both platforms. The nearest Dart station is Killester, 5.4km away. There is level access to the ticket office and ramps to the platforms.
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  • AccessAble Related Links View

Useful Information (Glasnevin Campus)

Building Parking

  • The building does have its own dedicated parking.
  • Building Car Park View
    • The car park can be used by staff.
    • There are no parking charges that apply on the day.
    • The car park is located at the rear of the building at LG level.
    • The car park type is open air/surface.
    • The car park does not have a height restriction barrier.
    • Designated Blue Badge parking bays are not available.
    • The route from the car park to the building is accessible to a wheelchair user with assistance.
    • Assistance may be required because there is / are slopes/ramps.
    • The car park surface is tarmac.
  • 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 Car Park 4.
    • The car park is located to the rear of the Library.
  • Public Car Parks View
    • There is not a car park for public use within 200m (approx).
  • Drop Off Point View
    • There is not a designated drop off point.
  • Comments View
    • For more details of the Campus parking please refer to the
    • ">Parking - Glasnevin Campus guide.

Outside Access (Library 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 an intercom.
    • The height of the intercom is 94cm (3ft 1in).
    • A key card is required for access at this entrance.
    • The height of the card reader/lock is 80cm (2ft 7in).
    • There is not 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 double.
    • The width of the door opening is 160cm (5ft 3in).
    • There is a small lip on the threshold of the entrance, with a height of 2cm or below.
  • Comments View
    • There is also a manual revolving door at this entrance.

Outside Access (Library Staff Entrance)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located at the rear of the building on the lower ground floor.
    • There is ramped/sloped access at this entrance.
    • There is not a bell/buzzer.
    • There is an intercom.
    • The height of the intercom is 135cm (4ft 5in).
    • A key card is required for access at this entrance.
    • The height of the card reader/lock is 110cm (3ft 7in).
    • There is a canopy or recess which provides weather protection at this entrance.
    • The main door(s) open(s) towards you (pull).
    • The door(s) is / are double (with one leaf locked).
    • The door(s) is / are heavy.
    • The width of the door opening is 82cm (2ft 8in).
    • There is a small lip on the threshold of the entrance, with a height of 2cm or below.
  • Ramp/Slope View
    • There is a ramp/slope at this entrance.
    • The ramp/slope is located in front of the entrance.
    • The ramp/slope gradient is steep.
    • The ramp is permanent.
    • There is not a level landing at the top of the ramp.

Getting Around

  • Access View
    • There is step free access throughout the building via lift(s).
    • There are doors in corridors which have to be opened manually.
  • Getting Around View
    • There is 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 flooring in corridors which is shiny and could cause issues with glare or look slippery 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 a hearing assistance system.
    • The system is a fixed loop.
    • There are fixed induction loops at the main reception, issue desk and information desk.
    • Staff are not trained to use the hearing system.

Reception (Main Reception)

  • Main Reception Desk is located on the ground floor in the front entrance lobby.
  • The desk is 14m (15yd 11in) 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 medium height (77cm - 109cm).
  • There is a low section of the counter (76cm or below) available.
  • There is not a clear knee recess beneath the low/lowered counter.
  • The desk is staffed.
  • There is a hearing assistance system.
  • The type of system is a fixed loop.
  • The hearing assistance system is not signed.
  • Staff are not trained to use the hearing system.
  • Comments View
    • There are security barriers to enter and exit the building at the main reception.
    • There is a wider single gate for wheelchair access which is 103cm wide.
    • The standard gates are 54cm wide.
    • There is a wider double gate for wheelchair egress which is 195cm wide.

Reception (Issue Desk)

  • Issue Desk and Inter-Library Loans is located to the right as you enter on the ground floor through the main reception.
  • The desk is 28m (30yd 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 medium height (77cm - 109cm).
  • There is a low section of the counter (76cm or below) available.
  • There is not a clear knee recess beneath the low/lowered counter.
  • The desk is staffed.
  • There is a hearing assistance system.
  • The type of system is a fixed loop.
  • The hearing assistance system is not signed.
  • Staff are not trained to use the hearing system.

Reception (Information Desk)

  • Information Desk is located on the ground floor to the left as you enter.
  • The desk is 40m (43yd 2ft) 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 medium height (77cm - 109cm).
  • There is a low section of the counter (76cm or below) available.
  • There is a clear knee recess beneath the low/lowered counter.
  • The desk is staffed.
  • There is a hearing assistance system.
  • The type of system is a fixed loop.
  • The hearing assistance system is signed.
  • Staff are trained to use the hearing system.

Reception (ISS Service Desk)

  • ISS Service Desk is located to the rear right.
  • The desk is 50m (54yd 2ft) from the main entrance.
  • Clear signage for the reception area is not 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
    • The printers at the service desk all have accessibility adjustment.

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 have a regular supply of books in audio format.
  • There is not an ordering service.
  • The library does have computers with accessible software.
  • Auxiliary aids are available for computer users.
  • A large rollerball mouse and height adjustable table is / are available.
  • Other computer auxiliary aids include adjustable height chairs and desks, low height catalogue terminal.
  • Equipment available for people with a visual impairment includes Livescribe Echo, Samson Go Mic, Olympus Digital Voice Recorder.
  • Comments View
    • There is a mediated ordering service through academic and library staff only.
    • The accessible software available includes Windows Ease of Access, Recite Me, Sonocent audio note taker, Mindjet mind manager, Grammarly. For more information and assistance contact the Disability and Learning Support Service.

Sensory Pod

  • For use of the sensory pod contact staff at the main reception.
  • The sensory pod is on the first floor to the left as you exit the lift. The door is 25m on the left. The room has heavy double doors with one leaf locked 78cm wide. Access is swipe card only. Exit is by push button to exit.
  • Within room there is a Sensory Pod, bean bags, a table and chair
  • The Sensory Pod is a calming safe space for children or adults on the autistic spectrum. It is approximately 2.5m long x 1.2m wide and offers a calming soundproof space with ambient lighting throughout that is not only tranquil but very enjoyable to be in. There is LED mood lighting, self-adjusting temperature control, learning screen, interior back lit Sensory Mirror, multi-control panel, sliding door and exterior sensory walls.
  • For more details on the sensory pod please go to https://www.thesensorypod.ie/.

Other Floors (Main Stairs)

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are G, 1, 2.
    • The stairs are located directly ahead as you enter via the main reception.
    • The stairs are approximately 30m from the main entrance.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • The lighting levels are bright.
    • 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.
    • There are two fire escape staircase at the rear of the building with heavy double doors to the stairwells on all floors, serving floors LG, G, 1, 2 as seen in photographs 5 to 8.

Other Floors (Rear Stairs)

  • Steps View
    • The stairs are located LG, G.
    • The stairs are approximately 50m 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.

Other Floors (Front Stairs)

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are LG, G.
    • The stairs are located to the right as you enter via the Library main entrance before the security barriers.
    • The stairs are approximately 8m from the main entrance.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • The lighting levels are medium.
    • The steps are not clearly marked.
    • The steps are medium height (11cm - 17cm).
    • The steps do have handrails.
    • The steps have a handrail on the left going up.
    • There is a landing.
    • There is a similar staircase but handed to the left as you enter giving access to the Zero Cafe and the male toilet facilities.

Lift (Front)

  • There is not a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located to the right as you enter.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are LG, G.
  • Wall mounted information boards are not provided at lift landings.
  • The weight limit for the lift is 630kg 8 persons.
  • The lift is approximately 20m (21yd 2ft) from the main entrance.
  • Staff do not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The clear door width is 90cm (2ft 11in).
  • The dimensions of the lift are 109cm x 164cm (3ft 7in x 5ft 5in).
  • 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 not have an audible announcer.
  • The lift does not have a hearing enhancement system.
  • The lift does not have Braille markings.
  • The lift does not 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
    • This lift is for staff and students with disabilities only, who need to have their library swipe card set to operate the lift.
    • It is used to access the toilets and Zero One cafe only. Photographs 5 and 6 show the lift at lower ground level.
    • There is staff only access by key control to first and second floor levels.

Lift (Rear)

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located at the rear of the building.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are LG, G, 1, 2.
  • Wall mounted information boards are not provided at lift landings.
  • There are manual, heavy, double doors to access the lift lobby on the ground floor and on the lower ground floor.
  • The weight limit for the lift is 630kg 8 persons.
  • The lift is approximately 70m (76yd 1ft) from the main entrance.
  • Staff do not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The clear door width is 90cm (2ft 11in).
  • The dimensions of the lift are 110cm x 146cm (3ft 7in x 4ft 9in).
  • There are not 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 not have an audible announcer.
  • The lift does not have a hearing enhancement system.
  • The lift does not have Braille markings.
  • The lift does not 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
    • This lift is for staff and students with disabilities only, who need to have their library swipe card set to operate the lift.

Accessible Toilet

  • Accessible toilet facilities are available.
  • Location and Access View
    • The toilet is not for the sole use of disabled people.
    • There is no signage on or near the toilet door.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 25m (27yd 1ft) from the lift.
    • This accessible toilet is located on the lower ground floor outside the male standard toilets.
    • There is a similar cubicle but with left hand transfer outside the female standard toilets.
    • There is level access to this accessible toilet.
    • This is by lift.
  • Features and Dimensions View
    • This is not a shared toilet.
    • There are separate male and female cubicles next to the male and female standard toilets respectively.
    • A key is not required for the accessible toilet.
    • The door opens inwards.
    • The door is locked by a twist lock.
    • The width of the accessible toilet door is 85cm (2ft 9in).
    • The door is heavy.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 186cm x 202cm (6ft 1in x 6ft 8in).
    • There is not 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 121cm (3ft 12in).
    • 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 not an emergency pull cord alarm in the cubicle.
    • Disposal facilities are not available in the cubicle.
    • There is not a/are not coat hook(s).
  • 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 not placed at a lower level or at an angle for ease of use.
    • The height of the toilet seat above floor level is 43cm (1ft 5in).
    • There is a hand dryer.
    • The hand dryer cannot 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).
    • There is a soap dispenser.
    • The soap dispenser cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The height of the soap dispenser is 87cm.
  • Colour Contrast and Lighting View
    • 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 poor.
    • The contrast between the dropdown rail(s) and wall is poor.
    • The toilet seat colour contrast is poor.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • The lighting levels are bright.

Standard Toilet(s)

  • Location of Standard Toilet(s) View
    • There are male standard toilets facilities on the lower ground floor.
    • There are female standard toilets facilities on the lower ground floor.
  • Standard Toilet Surveyed View
    • A male standard toilet was surveyed.
    • The toilet surveyed is located on the lower ground floor.
    • There is step free access to the standard toilet(s) surveyed from the entrance.
    • The standard toilet surveyed is approximately 25m from the front lift.
    • There is not a/are not cubicle(s) suitable for ambulant disabled people in the standard toilet(s) surveyed.
  • Comments View
    • There are male and female standard toilets on either side of the Zero Cafe.