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Deptford Library

Deptford Lounge, 9 Giffin Street, Deptford, London, SE8 4RJ

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Introduction

  • Comments View
    • The library is on the ground floor of Deptford Lounge, a multi-purpose community building which includes meeting rooms, PC and MAC computer suites, arts and sports facilities, some of which are available to hire by outside groups.
    • There is also a café on the ground floor.
    • Please see the access guide to The Lounge for details of the other facilities.
    • The library and The Lounge have an extensive programme of classes and events.
    • Please see their websites for further details.
    • The pictures show The Lounge café area.

Opening Times

  • Monday 08:00 - 22:00.
  • Tuesday 08:00 - 22:00.
  • Wednesday 08:00 - 22:00.
  • Thursday 08:00 - 22:00.
  • Friday 08:00 - 22:00.
  • Saturday 09:00 - 17:00.
  • Sunday 10:00 - 17:00.

Location

  • The venue is situated within the centre of the area.
  • This venue is situated in Deptford.
  • There is not a bus stop within 150m (164yds) of the venue.
  • The nearest mainline station is Deptford.
  • The nearest underground station is Deptford Bridge DLR.

Parking

  • The venue does not have its own car park.
  • Public Car Parks View
    • There is not a car park for public use within 200m (approx).
  • On Street Blue Badge Parking View
    • On street marked Blue Badge bays are available.
    • The dimensions of the marked Blue Badge bays are 300cm x 400cm (9ft 10in x 13ft 1in).
    • On street Blue Badge parking is located Tidemill Way, at the rear of the venue.
  • Drop-off Point View
    • There is not a designated drop off point.
  • Comments View
    • The bays in Tidemill Way are approximately 100m from the accessible entrance.
    • At the time of our visit, the signage on the bays had been covered by contractors and the bays were being used by non-Blue Badge holders.

Outside Access (Accessible Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located at the front of the venue, on Giffin Square.
  • There is level access into the venue.
  • The main doors open automatically.
  • The doors are single width.
  • The door opening is 101cm (3ft 4in) wide.
  • Comments View
    • The powered doors are operated by push pad.
    • The push pad is within reach of wheelchair users.

Outside Access (Revolving Doors)

  • This information is for the entrance located at the front of the venue, on Giffin Square.
  • Comments View
    • The revolving doors are located to the left of the accessible entrance.

Reception

  • The desk is 10m (10yd 2ft) from the accessible entrance.
  • There is level access to reception from the entrance.
  • The reception desk is high (110cm+).
  • The desk has a low (76cm or lower) section.
  • The lighting levels are bright.
  • There is a hearing assistance system.
  • The hearing system is available only on request.
  • The type of system is a portable loop.
  • Staff are trained to use the 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 on tape or disc.
  • There is an ordering service.
  • The library does have computers with accessible software.
  • Auxiliary aids are available for computer users.
  • A large text keyboard, large rollerball mouse and height adjustable table is / are available.
  • Equipment available for people with a visual impairment includes magnifiers.
  • Comments View
    • SuperNova screen reader software is available for visually impaired computer users.
    • The library has a variety of desk and lounge-type seating.

Inside Access

  • There is level access to the service.
  • This venue does not play background music.
  • Motorised scooters are allowed in public parts of the venue.
  • Lighting levels are bright.
  • Route finding signage is not available.
  • Comments View
    • A hearing assistance system is available in the meeting rooms.
    • The pictures show the general circulation area on the ground floor and around the café area.

Other Floors (East Stairs)

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are G-1-2-3.
    • There are 30+ steps between floors.
    • The steps are clearly marked.
    • The steps are medium.
    • The steps do have handrails.
    • The steps have a handrail on both sides.
    • There is a landing.
    • The lighting level is medium.
  • Escalators View
    • Escalator(s) cannot be used to access other floors.
  • Comments View
    • These stairs are at the east end of the building, off the lobby at the far end of the library space.
    • A security pass is required to access this area. The pass is available from staff if required.

Lift

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located in the lobby at the far end of the library.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are G-1-2-3.
  • The lift is 40m (44yd) from Accessible 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 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 reach for a wheelchair user.
  • The lift controls do not have Braille markings.
  • The lift controls do have tactile markings.
  • The lighting level in the lift is medium.
  • Comments View
    • The lift, along with the stairs and all the upper floors, is in an area which requires an access pass. The pass is available from staff to those hiring space or attending meetings on the upper floors.

Changing Places

  • Location and access View
    • The facility is located on the ground floor, next to the standard toilets.
    • The facility is approximately 15m (16yd 1ft) from the accessible entrance.
    • There is level access to the facility.
  • Dimensions and features View
    • You do need a key for the facility.
    • It is a radar key.
    • The key can be obtained from staff at Reception.
    • The dimensions of the facility are 240cm x 430cm (7ft 10in x 14ft 1in).
    • The facility changing bench height is adjustable.
    • The facility changing bench is wall mounted.
    • The length of the facility changing bench is 180cm (5ft 11in).
    • The facility hoist is powered overhead.
    • The overhead hoist covers all areas in cubicle.
    • The sling is attached to the hoist by hook and loop.
    • The facility toilet is peninsular.
    • The transfer space on the left as you face the toilet is 77cm (2ft 6in).
    • The transfer space on the right as you face the toilet is 300cm (9ft 10in).
    • Wall mounted grab rails are not available.
    • Drop down rails are provided.
    • As you face the toilet the drop down rail(s) is/are on both sides.
    • The type of wash basin is fixed.
    • 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.
    • Disposal facilities are available.
    • A privacy screen is not available.
    • Wide tear off paper roll is not available.
    • The facility has a non slip floor.
    • A functioning emergency alarm is available.
  • Comments View
    • The changing bench is height adjustable by electric motor.
    • There is also a shower head which sprays onto the changing bench.
    • The shower head is not adjustable.
  • Comments View
    • The changing bench is height adjustable by electric motor.
    • There is also a shower head which sprays onto the changing bench.
    • The shower head is not adjustable.

Accessible Toilet (First Floor East)

  • 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 10m (10yd 2ft) from the East Lift.
    • This accessible toilet is located off the east stair lobby.
    • There is level access to this accessible toilet.
    • This is by lift.
  • 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 92cm (3ft).
    • The door is light.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 190cm x 210cm (6ft 3in x 6ft 11in).
    • There is a lateral transfer space.
    • As you face the toilet pan the transfer space is on the left.
    • The lateral transfer space is 120cm (3ft 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 a mixer tap.
    • The emergency pull cord alarm is fully functional.
    • 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.
    • 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 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 110cm (3ft 7in).
    • 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 bright.
  • Comments View
    • The picture on the left shows the toilet described.
    • The children's toilet on the ground floor, directly off the library space, is also accessible (pictured right).

Standard Toilet(s)

  • Availability and Location of Standard Toilets View
    • Standard toilets are available.
  • Access to Standard Female and Male Toilet(s) View
    • The female and male toilets are located on the ground floor, next to the cafe.
    • The female and male toilets are 15m (16yd) from the accessible entrance.
    • Inside the venue, there is level access to the female and male toilet.
    • Lighting levels are medium.
  • Baby Change Facilities View
    • Baby change facilities are located within the venue.
    • Baby change facilities are located in the baby change room, next to the cafe.
    • The height of the baby change table once extended is 90cm (2ft 11in).
    • Inside the venue, there is level access to the baby change facility.
  • Comments View
    • There are additional standard toilets at both ends of each of the upper floors.

Additional Info

  • Staff do receive disability awareness / equality training.
  • Documents are not available in Braille.
  • Documents are available in large print.
  • A member of staff trained in BSL skills is not generally on duty.
  • Staff are Text Relay aware.