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Health Services Library

South Academic Block, University of Southampton, Southampton General Hospital, Southampton, SO16 6YD

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Opening Times

  • Monday 08:30 - 21:30.
  • Tuesday 08:30 - 21:30.
  • Wednesday 08:30 - 21:30.
  • Thursday 08:30 - 21:30.
  • Friday 08:30 - 18:00.
  • Saturday 09:00 - 17:00.
  • Sunday 14:00 - 18:00.

Location

  • The venue is situated outside the centre of the city.
  • This venue is situated in Southampton.
  • The venue is not situated on a road which has a steep gradient.
  • The nearest mainline station is Southampton Central.
  • There is a bus stop within 150m (164yds) of the venue.

Parking

  • The venue does have its own car park.
  • Venue Car Park View
    • Parking is not free for all users.
    • Parking is free for Blue Badge holders.
    • The car park is at the front of the venue.
    • The car park type is open air/surface.
    • Parking spaces for Blue Badge holders do not need to be booked in advance.
    • There are 7 designated parking bay(s) within the car park.
    • The dimensions of the designated parking bay(s) are 310cm x 430cm (10ft 2in x 14ft 1in).
    • The nearest designated bay is 12m (13yd) from the South Academic Block entrance.
    • The furthest designated bay is 26m (28yd) from the South Academic Block 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.
    • The patron does not have to cross a road.
    • The car park does not have a height restriction barrier.
    • There is a designated drop off point.
    • The drop off point is located outside the South Academic Block entrance.

Outside Access ( South Academic Block Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located at the rear of the Gerenl Hospital.
  • There is not level access into the venue.
  • The main doors open automatically.
  • The doors are double width.
  • The door opening is 166cm (5ft 5in) 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 166cm (5ft 5in) wide.
  • Comments View
    • The automatic doors open towards you.
    • This entrance gives access to level A of the South Academic Block.
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Level Change (South Academic Block Entrance)

  • There is a ramp or slope to access this service.
  • The ramp or slope is located in front of the entrance.
  • The ramp or slope is moderate.
  • The ramp or slope is permanent.
  • There is a level landing at the top of the ramp.

Outside Access (Library Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located just inside the South Academic Block entrance.
  • There is level access into the venue.
  • The main doors open automatically.
  • The doors are single width.
  • The door opening is 76cm (2ft 6in) wide.
  • Comments View
    • The automatic door is push pad operated, and opens towards you.
    • This entrance can be made double width manually.
    • There are security barriers, 97cm wide, just inside the entrance.

Reception (Loans and Enquiries)

  • The reception desk is 8m (26ft 3in) from the Library entrance.
  • There is level access to reception from the entrance.
  • The reception desk is medium height.
  • Lighting levels are medium.
  • The desk has a lowered section.
  • There is a hearing assistance system.
  • The type of system is a fixed loop.
  • Staff are trained to use system.
  • Comments View
    • There is also a self service Issue and Return machine available just past the Loans ans Enquiries desk.

Inside Access

  • There is level access to the service.
  • Lighting levels are medium.
  • Motorised scooters are allowed in public parts of the venue.
  • Customers cannot charge scooters or wheelchairs at the venue.

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 not have a regular supply of books on tape or disc.
  • There is not an ordering service.
  • The library does have computers with accessible software.
  • Auxiliary aids are not available for computer users.
  • Comments View
    • Accessible software available in this library includes Inspiration, Texthelp, Read and Write and Endnote X1.

Level Change (Periodicals)

  • There is a ramp or slope to access this service.
  • The ramp or slope is located in the far corner of the library.
  • The ramp or slope is moderate.
  • The ramp or slope is permanent.
  • The width of the ramp or slope is 91cm (2ft 12in).
  • Comments View
    • The ramp leads to the shelves containing the Periodicals up to 1987.
    • These shelves are moved manually.

Accessible Toilet

  • There are accessible toilets within this venue designated for public use.
  • Location and Access View
    • There is pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.
    • The accessible toilet is 34m (37yd) from the South Academic Block entrance.
    • The accessible toilet is located along the corridor leading from the South Academic Block entrance, past the library, opposite the Coffee Lounge.
    • 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 inwards.
    • The door is locked by a twist lock.
    • The width of the accessible toilet door is 78cm (2ft 7in).
    • The door is light.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 112cm x 160cm (3ft 8in x 5ft 3in).
    • 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 82cm (2ft 8in).
    • There is a dropdown rail on the transfer side.
    • There is not a flush on the transfer side.
    • The tap type is lever.
    • There is a mixer tap.
    • There is not a functional emergency alarm available.
    • No emergency alarm fitted in the cubicle.
    • Disposal facilities are not available in the cubicle.
    • There is not a coat hook.
  • 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 not a shelf within the accessible toilet.
    • There are mirrors in the accessible toilet.
    • Mirrors are placed at a lower level or at an angle for ease of use.
    • The height of the toilet seat above floor level is 44cm (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 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 sink.
    • The sink can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The sink is placed higher than 74cm (2ft 5in).
    • The sink is 76cm (2ft 6in) high.
  • Colour Contrast and Lighting View
    • The contrast between the internal door and wall is poor.
    • The contrast between the external door and wall is poor.
    • The contrast between the grab rails and wall is poor.
    • The contrast between the drop down rails and wall is poor.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • Lighting levels are low.
  • Comments View
    • There is also a similar adapted toilet, shown in photograph 2, located along the Academic corridor, leading off the main corridor opposite the library. .

Standard Toilet(s)

Additional Info

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