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Thamesmead Library Plus

Binsey Walk, Thamesmead, London, SE2 9TR

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Introduction

  • Services / facilities within the building include a general library, children's library, computer areas, and study areas with free wi-fi.
  • Comments View
    • The library is currently in these temporary premises.
    • It is expected to move into its new permanent building in 2020.

Opening Times

  • For information about the opening times please click here.

Location

  • The venue is situated outside the centre of the area.
  • This venue is situated in Thamesmead.
  • There is not a bus stop within 150m (164yds) of the venue.
  • The nearest mainline station is Abbey Wood.

Parking

  • The venue does have its own car park.
  • Venue Car Park View
    • Parking is free for all users.
    • The car park type is open air/surface.
    • The car park is to the front and right hand side.
    • There are 2 designated parking bay(s) within the car park.
    • The dimensions of the designated parking bay(s) are 350cm x 450cm (11ft 6in x 14ft 9in).
    • The nearest designated bay is 10m (10yd 2ft) from the main entrance.
    • The furthest designated bay is 16m (17yd 1ft) from the main entrance.
    • 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 slopes/ramps.
    • The car park surface is tarmac.
    • There is a dropped kerb / non stepped access from the car park to the venue.
    • The car park does not have a height restriction barrier.
  • Drop-off Point View
    • There is not a designated drop off point.
  • Comments View
    • There are easy slopes from the Blue Badge parking to the building.
    • There are moderate slopes from the parking in front of the building to the entrance.

Outside Access (Main Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located at the front of the building.
  • There is not level access into the venue.
  • The main doors open away from you (push).
  • The doors are single width.
  • The doors are heavy.
  • The door opening is 80cm (2ft 7in) wide.

Level Change (Main Entrance)

  • There is a ramp or slope to access this service.
  • The ramp or slope is located to the right of the entrance, next to the Blue Badge parking.
  • The ramp or slope is moderate.
  • The ramp or slope is permanent.
  • There is a level landing at the top of the ramp.
  • The ramp does have handrails.
  • The handrails are on both sides.
  • There are steps to access this area / service.
  • The steps are located to the left of the entrance.
  • There is / are 3 step(s) to the area / service.
  • The steps are clearly marked.
  • The steps are medium.
  • The steps do have handrails.
  • The handrails are on both sides.
  • The ramp or slope does bypass the steps.

Reception

  • The desk is 15m (16yd 1ft) from the main entrance.
  • There is level access to reception from the entrance.
  • The reception desk is medium height.
  • The desk has a lowered section.
  • The lighting levels are bright.
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.
  • Comments View
    • There are also two self-service loan and return terminals.
    • The terminals are located immediately to the right of the main entrance on entering.
    • The screen is 120cm high.
    • The information can be presented in larger text sizes and other languages.

Inside Access

  • There is level access to the service.
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.
  • This venue does not play background music.
  • Motorised scooters are allowed in public parts of the venue.
  • The lighting levels are bright.

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 available for computer users.
  • A large text keyboard and large rollerball mouse is / are available.
  • Equipment available for people with a visual impairment includes a magnifier.
  • Comments View
    • The computer aids are stored in the office.
    • Sensory story bags designed for autistic children are also available - please ask at the reception desk.
    • Staff have training in being an 'autism friendly' environment.

Accessible Toilet

  • Accessible toilet facilities are available.
  • Location and Access View
    • 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 20m (21yd 2ft) from the main entrance.
    • This accessible toilet is located at the far left hand end of the building, beyond the reception desk.
    • There is level access to this accessible toilet.
  • Features and Dimensions View
    • This is a unisex toilet.
    • A key is not required for the accessible toilet.
    • The door opens outwards.
    • The door is locked by a twist lock.
    • The width of the accessible toilet door is 87cm (2ft 10in).
    • The door is light.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 155cm x 230cm (5ft 1in x 7ft 7in).
    • 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 90cm (2ft 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 not 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 female sanitary disposal units.
    • There is not a/are not coat hook(s).
  • Position of Fixtures View
    • Wall-mounted grab rails are available.
    • As you face the toilet the wall-mounted grab rails are on both sides.
    • There is a shelf within the accessible toilet.
    • The shelf is higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • There is not a mirror.
    • The height of the toilet seat above floor level is 47cm (1ft 7in).
    • There is not a hand dryer.
    • 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).
    • 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
    • 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.

Standard Toilet(s)

Additional Info

  • Staff do receive disability awareness / equality training.
  • Documents can be requested in Braille.
  • Documents can be requested in large print.
  • A member of staff trained in BSL skills is not generally on duty.
  • Staff are Text Relay aware.
  • Comments View
    • Bexley residents who are unable to access libraries in person may apply to join the Home Library Service.
    • Order's can be delivered and collected by trained volunteers.
    • Please see the link to the Home Library service for more details.