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Sydenham Community Library

210 Sydenham Road, Sydenham, Lewisham, London, SE26 5SE

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Introduction

  • Services / facilities within the building include books to borrow, eco cafĂ©, IT training facilities, sales of reconditioned computers and other electrical goods.
  • Related link Sydenyham Library Blog.
  • Http://sydenhamlibrary.wordpress.com
  • Comments View
    • Crofton Park, Grove Park and Sydenham library buildings are now run by social enterprise Eco Communities.
    • Eco Communities also run a computer recycling business from the buildings, which funds the upkeep of the building and the community activities delivered from it. There are discounts on IT equipment for those on low incomes, in receipt of certain benefits or tenants of some housing associations.
    • The library is operated by Eco Communities staff and volunteers.
    • The library hosts a range of courses, including IT , ESOL and crafts and there are spaces available to hire by outside groups.
    • An advocacy service is available by appointment.

Opening Times

  • Monday 09:30 - 17:00.
  • Tuesday 09:30 - 19:00.
  • Wednesday Closed.
  • Thursday 09:30 - 19:00.
  • Friday Closed.
  • Saturday 09:30 - 17:00.
  • Sunday Closed.

Location

  • The venue is situated within the centre of the town or city.
  • This venue is situated in Sydenham.
  • The venue is not situated on a road which has a steep gradient.
  • The nearest mainline station is Lower Sydenham.

Parking

  • The venue does not have its own car park.

Outside Access (Sydenham Road)

  • There is not level access into the venue.
  • The main doors open automatically.
  • The doors are double width.
  • The door opening is 129cm (4ft) wide.
  • Second set of doors View
    • There is a second set of doors.
    • The doors open automatically.
    • The doors are double width.
    • The door opening is 129cm (4ft) wide.
  • Comments View
    • Both sets of doors are operated by movement sensor.

Level Change (Sydenham Road)

  • There is a ramp or slope to access this service.
  • The ramp or slope is located to the right of the Main Entrance.
  • The ramp or slope is moderate.
  • The ramp or slope is permanent.
  • There is a level landing at the top of the ramp.
  • The width of the ramp or slope is 145cm (4ft).
  • There are steps to access this area / service.
  • The steps are located in front of the Main Entrance.
  • There is / are 5 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.

Reception

  • The reception desk is 5m (5yd 18in) from the the Main Entrance.
  • There is level access to reception from the entrance.
  • The reception desk is low height.
  • Lighting levels are bright.
  • There is a hearing assistance system.
  • The type of system is a fixed loop.
  • Staff are trained to use system.

Inside Access

  • There is level access to the service.
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.
  • Motorised scooters are allowed in public parts of the venue.
  • Lighting levels are medium.

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.
  • Comments View
    • The time taken to process an order will vary.
    • The pictures show part of the IT suite and the display of equipment for sale.

Eating and Drinking (Eco Cafe)

  • The following information is for the cafe.
  • 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 service counter.
  • No chairs are permanently fixed.
  • No chairs have armrests.
  • The nearest table is 15m (16yd 15in) from the the Main Entrance.
  • The distance between the floor and the lowest table is 70cm (2ft).
  • The distance between the floor and the highest table is 70cm (2ft).
  • There is ample room for a wheelchair user to manoeuvre.
  • Menus are wall only.
  • The type of food served here is light meals and snacks.

Accessible Toilet

  • There are accessible toilets within this venue designated for public use.
  • Location and Access View
    • The toilet is not for the sole use of disabled people.
    • The accessible toilet is 12m (13yd 4in) from the the Main Entrance.
    • The accessible toilet is located ahead from the Main Entrance.
    • There is level access to the 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 92cm (3ft).
    • The door is light.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 154cm x 220cm (5ft x 7ft).
    • Floor manoeuvring space is clear in the accessible toilet.
    • There is a lateral transfer space.
    • As you face the toilet pan the transfer space is on the left.
    • The lateral transfer space is 84cm (2ft).
    • 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 a functional emergency alarm available.
    • It is not a push button style of alarm.
    • Disposal facilities are available in the cubicle.
    • There is a coat hook.
    • The coat hook is within 120cm (3ft 11in) from floor level.
  • Position of Fixtures View
    • Wall mounted 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 not higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • There are not mirrors in the accessible toilet.
    • The height of the toilet seat above floor level is 46cm (18in).
    • 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 3").
    • There is a towel dispenser.
    • The towel dispenser can 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 3").
    • There is a sink.
    • The sink can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The sink is placed higher than 74cm (2ft 5").
    • The sink is 77cm (2ft) high.
  • 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 grab rails and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the drop down rails and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • Lighting levels are bright.
  • Comments View
    • Baby change facilities are located within the accessible toilet.
    • The baby change bench is a free-standing piece of furniture 87cm (2ft 10in) high.
    • The bench reduces the space in front of the toilet to 87cm.

Additional Info

  • Staff do receive disability awareness / equality training.
  • Documents can be requested in Braille.
  • Documents are available in large print.
  • A member of staff trained in BSL skills is not generally on duty.
  • This service can be requested.
  • There is a soft play area for children indoor.