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Library & Learning Commons

Building 65 (Parkes), University of Southampton, Southampton, SO17 1BF

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Introduction

  • The library is located on level 3 of the James Parkes Building.

Opening Times (Term Time)

  • Monday 08:30 - 19:30.
  • Tuesday 08:30 - 19:30.
  • Wednesday 08:30 - 19:30.
  • Thursday 08:30 - 19:30.
  • Friday 08:30 - 19:30.
  • Saturday 10:00 - 16:00.
  • Sunday 10:00 - 16:00.

Opening Times (Summer Vacation)

  • Monday 08:30 - 18:00.
  • Tuesday 08:30 - 18:00.
  • Wednesday 08:30 - 18:00.
  • Thursday 08:30 - 18:00.
  • Friday 08:30 - 18:00.
  • Saturday Closed.
  • Sunday Closed.

Location

  • The venue is situated within the centre of the campus.
  • This venue is situated in Avenue Campus.
  • The venue is not situated on a road which has a steep gradient.
  • There is a bus stop within 150m (164yds) of the venue.
  • Comments View
    • The nearest mainline railway stations are Southampton Parkway (Airport) and Southampton Central (City Centre).

Parking

  • The venue does have its own car park.
  • Venue Car Park View
    • Parking is free for all users.
    • The car park is to the rear of the building.
    • The car park type is open air/surface.
    • Parking spaces for Blue Badge holders do not need to be booked in advance.
    • There are 3 designated parking bay(s) within the car park.
    • The dimensions of the designated parking bay(s) are 280cm x 460cm (9ft 2in x 15ft 1in).
    • The nearest designated bay is 27m (29yd 1ft) from the main accessible entrance.
    • The furthest designated bay is 28m (30yd 1ft) from the main accessible 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 not a designated drop off point.
  • Comments View
    • There are 3 further designated bays at side of the building, in the main car park, which can be accessed from the reception and side entrances.
    • Parking is by permit only.

Outside Access (Main Accessible Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located at the rear of the building.
  • There is not level access into the venue.
  • The main door(s) open(s) automatically (towards you).
  • Second set of doors View
    • The automatic doors are push pad activated.
    • The door(s) is / are double.
    • The width of the door opening is 157cm (5ft 2in).

Level Change (Main Accessible Entrance)

  • There is a ramp/slope to access this area/service.
  • The ramp/slope is located in front of the entrance.
  • The ramp/slope is moderate.
  • The ramp/slope is permanent.
  • Comments View
    • There is a tarmac ramp leading to this entrance and the designated bays, from the main campus entrance off Heatherdeane Road.

Outside Access (Reception Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located at the front of the building.
  • There is level access into the venue.
  • The main door(s) open(s) automatically (towards you).
  • The door(s) is / are double.
  • The door(s) is / are heavy.
  • The width of the door opening is 148cm (4ft 10in).
  • Second set of doors View
    • There is a second set of doors.
    • The door(s) open(s) automatically (towards you).
    • The door(s) is / are double.
    • The width of the door opening is 146cm (4ft 9in).
  • Comments View
    • The first set of automatic doors were not working at the time of the survey.

Outside Access (Side Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located to the side of the building, between the main accessible and reception entrances.
  • There is not level access into the venue.
  • The main door(s) open(s) both ways.
  • The door(s) is / are double.
  • The door(s) is / are heavy.
  • The width of the door opening is 148cm (4ft 10in).

Level Change (Side Entrance)

  • There is a ramp or slope to access this service.
  • The ramp or slope is located to the left as you face the entrance, leading from the side car park.
  • The ramp or slope is moderate.
  • The ramp or slope is permanent.
  • Comments View
    • There is also a moderate ramp, with a handrails on the left hand side going up, or 4 medium, marked steps with handrails both sides, leading up to this entrance from the entrance to the campus off Heatherdeane Road.

Outside Access (Old Block Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located off Highfield Road.
  • There is level access into the venue.
  • The main door(s) open(s) away from you (push).
  • The door(s) is / are double.
  • The door(s) is / are heavy.
  • The width of the door opening is 156cm (5ft 1in).

Other Floors

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are levels 1, 2, U2, 3.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • The lighting levels are bright.
    • The steps are clearly marked.
    • The steps are medium (11cm - 17cm).
    • The steps do have handrails.
    • The steps have a handrail on both sides.
    • There is a landing.
  • Comments View
    • Level U2 is actually level 2 of the old building.
    • There are only 9 steps between each of the levels 2, U2, 3.
    • These stairs are by the lift, and link the old and new buildings.
    • There are also stairs are the far ends of both parts of the building.

Lift

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located at the rear of the reception desk.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are levels 1, 2, U2 and 3.
  • Wall mounted information boards are not provided at lift landings.
  • The lift is approximately 33m (36yd 3in) from the main accessible entrance.
  • Staff do not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The clear door width is 76cm (2ft 6in).
  • The dimensions of the lift are 110cm x 210cm (3ft 7in x 6ft 11in).
  • 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 have an audible announcer.
  • The lift does have a hearing loop system.
  • The lift does not have Braille markings.
  • The lift does have tactile markings.
  • The controls for the lift are within 90cm - 120cm from the floor.
  • The lighting level in the lift is bright.

Outside Access (Library Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located on level U2.
  • There is level access into the venue.
  • The main door(s) open(s) towards you (pull).
  • The door(s) is / are double.
  • The door(s) is / are permanently held open.
  • The width of the door opening is 187cm (6ft 2in).
  • Comments View
    • There are barriers between the lift and the entrance that are 96cms wide.

Reception

  • The desk/counter is 38m (41yd 1ft) from the library entrance.
  • There is level access to the desk/counter from the entrance.
  • The lighting levels are medium.
  • The desk/counter is medium height (77cm - 109cm).
  • The desk/counter does not have a low (76cm or lower) section.
  • The desk/counter is staffed.
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.

Inside Access

  • There is level access to the service(s).
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.
  • This venue does not play background music.
  • The 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 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.
  • It takes approximately 42 days to process an order.
  • The library does have computers with accessible software.
  • Auxiliary aids are available for computer users.
  • A height adjustable table and height adjustable chair is / are available.
  • Other computer auxiliary aids include scanners and printers.
  • Equipment available for people with a visual impairment includes an electronic text magnifier.

Accessible Toilet

  • The nearest accessible toilets are located in both the new and old blocks of James Parkes Building. Please see the guide for James Parkes Building for further details.

Standard Toilet(s)

  • The nearest standard male and female toilets are located in the James Parkes Building. Please see the guide for James Parkes Building for further details.

Additional Info

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