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McClay Library

Queen's University Belfast, 10 College Park Avenue, Belfast, BT7 1LP

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Introduction

  • Services / facilities within the building include the Café, Library, Teaching Rooms, Group Study Rooms and IT Services.

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Getting Here

  • By Road View
    • The main campus area is located to the south of Belfast City Centre.
    • Parking for the main university area can be found off Botanic Avenue and is situated next to the McClay Library and to the rear of the Administration Building. This car park is for permit holders only.
      There are car parking spaces available for Blue Badge holders (free of charge), however previous approval from QUB Estates is required.
  • By Bus View
    • There are bus stops located near the Main University Area on University Road which serve routes 8a, 8b, 8c, 8d, 13, 22a, 93, 209, 238, 251u, 261, 273, 522, 524, 524a.
      There is also one on College Green which serves routes 7a, 7b, 7c, 7d, 29, 29c, 652.
      A pedestrian crossing with traffic lights is present in the area for safe crossing. An additional crossing with sound alert and braille signs is present on College Green.
  • By Train View
    • Botanic Train Station is located just to the north (approximately 0.4 miles) from the Main University Area.
  • Useful Links View

Useful Information

Site/Campus Car Park (Botanic Gardens Car Park)

  • Car Park View
    • The car park is located on Botanic Gardens.
    • The nearest building(s) to this car park is/are the Administration Building.
    • The car park type is open air/surface.
    • The car park does not have a height restriction barrier.
    • The car park surface is tarmac.
    • Designated Blue Badge parking bays are available.
    • The Blue Badge bay(s) is/are clearly marked.
    • There is/are 6 designated Blue Badge parking bay(s) within this car park.
    • The dimensions of the designated parking bay(s) are 390cm x 430cm (12ft 10in x 14ft 1in).
    • The dimensions of the designated bays do vary in size.
  • Charges and Restrictions View
    • This car park can be used by staff, visitors and Blue Badge holders.
    • There are no parking charges that apply on the day.
    • Signs are not provided to give information on parking charges/restrictions.
  • Drop Off Point View
    • There is not a designated drop off point in this car park.
  • Car Park Access View
    • There is sloped access to the car park from the Administration Building.
    • This car park is not clearly signposted from the Administration Building.
    • The nearest designated bay is 15m (16yd 1ft) from the Library Building.
  • Comments View
    • Taxis are permitted to enter the car park for drop-off only.

Outside Access (Main Entrance)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located at the front of the building.
    • There is ramped/sloped access at this entrance.
    • There is a canopy or recess which provides weather protection at this entrance.
    • The main door(s) open(s) automatically (towards you).
    • The door(s) is/are push pad activated.
    • The door(s) is / are double.
  • 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 push pad activated.
    • The door(s) is / are double.
  • Ramp/Slope View
    • There is a ramp/slope at this entrance.
    • The ramp/slope is located in front of the entrance.
    • The ramp/slope gradient is slight.

Outside Access (HOPE Café)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located at the front left of the building.
    • There is ramped/sloped access at this entrance.
    • The main door(s) open(s) towards you (pull).
    • The door(s) is / are single.
    • The door(s) is / are heavy.
    • The width of the door opening is 122cm (4ft).
    • There is a small lip on the threshold of the entrance, with a height of 2cm or below.
  • Ramp/Slope View
    • There is a ramp/slope at this entrance.
    • The ramp/slope is located to the right as you face the entrance.
    • The ramp/slope gradient is slight.
  • Comments View
    • There is internal access into the café via a door that opens towards you and has a width of 85cm. This can be seen in photograph 3.

Reception (Library Reception)

  • The Library Reception is located in front of you on entrance.
  • The desk is 5m (5yd 1ft) from the main entrance.
  • The reception area is clearly visible from the entrance.
  • There is step free access to this reception area.
  • The lighting levels in the reception area are bright.
  • The reception desk/counter is high (110cm+).
  • There is a low section of the counter (76cm or below) available.
  • There is not a clear knee recess beneath the low/lowered counter.
  • The desk is staffed.
  • There is a hearing assistance system.
  • The type of system is a fixed loop.
  • Comments View
    • There are barriers located next to the reception.
    • The smaller gates have a width of 58cm and the larger gate 93cm.
    • The larger gate does not stay open long.

Getting Around

  • Access View
    • There is step free access throughout the building via lift(s).
    • There are doors in corridors which have to be opened manually.
  • Getting Around View
    • There is clear signage for building facilities/areas in the foyer/reception area.
    • There is clearly written and pictorial directional signage at key points of circulation routes.
    • There is good colour contrast between the walls and floor in all areas.
    • The lighting levels are good.
    • This building does not play background music.
    • There is a hearing assistance system.
    • The system is a fixed loop.
    • Hearing loops are located at the main reception, borrowers desk and enquiries desks.

Eating and Drinking (HOPE Café)

  • The following information is for the café.
  • Full table service is not available.
  • Food or drinks are ordered from the service counter.
  • Food or drinks can be brought to the table.
  • Some tables are permanently fixed.
  • Some chairs are permanently fixed.
  • No chairs have armrests.
  • The nearest table is 20m (21yd 2ft) from the main entrance.
  • The distance between the floor and the lowest table is 70cm (2ft 4in).
  • The distance between the floor and the highest table is 98cm (3ft 3in).
  • The standard height for tables is 70cm.
  • There is ample room for a wheelchair user to manoeuvre.
  • Plastic / takeaway cups are available.
  • Plastic / takeaway cutlery is available.
  • Drinking straws are available.
  • Menus are hand held and wall.
  • Menus are not available in Braille.
  • Menus are not available in large print.
  • Picture menus are not available.
  • Menus are clearly written.
  • Menus are presented in contrasting colours.
  • The type of food served here is snacks and light lunches.
  • Opening Times View
    • Monday 08:00 - 21:30.
    • Tuesday 08:00 - 21:30.
    • Wednesday 08:00 - 21:30.
    • Thursday 08:00 - 21:30.
    • Friday 08:00 - 18:00.
    • Saturday 09:00 - 18:00.
    • Sunday 10:00 - 18:00.

Reception (Information Desk)

  • Information Desk is located to the rear of the library on the ground floor.
  • The desk is 35m (38yd 10in) from the main entrance.
  • The reception area is clearly visible from the entrance.
  • There is step free access to this reception area.
  • The lighting levels in the reception area are bright.
  • The reception desk/counter is medium height (77cm - 109cm).
  • There is a low section of the counter (76cm or below) available.
  • There is not a clear knee recess beneath the low/lowered counter.
  • The desk is staffed.
  • There is a hearing assistance system.
  • The type of system is a fixed loop.
  • The hearing assistance system is not signed.

Reception (Computer Services)

  • Computer Services is located to the rear right of the library.
  • The desk is 60m (65yd 1ft) from the main entrance.
  • Clear signage for the reception area is not visible from the entrance.
  • There is step free access to this reception area.
  • The lighting levels in the reception area are bright.
  • The reception desk/counter is low (76cm or lower).
  • There is a clear knee recess beneath the low counter.
  • The desk is staffed.
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.
  • Opening Times View
    • Monday 09:00 - 21:30.
    • Tuesday 09:00 - 21:30.
    • Wednesday 09:00 - 21:30.
    • Thursday 09:00 - 21:30.
    • Friday 09:00 - 20:00.
    • Saturday 10:00 - 17:00.
    • Sunday 12:00 - 17:00.

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 in audio format.
  • There is an ordering service.
  • It takes approximately 2 days to process an order.
  • The library does have computers with accessible software.
  • Auxiliary aids are available for computer users.
  • A large text keyboard, height adjustable table and height adjustable chair is / are available.
  • Comments View
    • The gap between shelves in the library is 90cm.
    • Towards the rear of the ground floor is the Short Term Loans section to access which there are barriers with a width of 104cm. The barriers can be seen in photograph 1.
    • The software available on the library computers is ZoomText, Read and Write Gold, Mindview and JAWS.
    • Dragon Software in available in group study rooms on the ground floor.
    • Additional accessible equipment available in the library includes a Zoom-ex Scanner, a Desktop CCTV text magnifier, a high visibility keyboard, safety steps with handrails and an accessible self-issue terminal.
    • A large selection of ebooks are available from the library.
    • Additional library support can be arranged via the Disability Support Office.
    • This support may include, one to one orientation tours of the Library and catalogue sessions, increased loan periods on 1 and 2 Night Loan items, assistance with renewals and reservations, book fetching service
    • accessible, priority seating at one desk by the atrium on each floor of the McClay Library.
    • For more information on the assistive technology available please click here.

Other Floors

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are G, 1, 2 and 3.
    • The stairs are located to the rear of the building.
    • The stairs are approximately 20m from the main entrance.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • There are manual, heavy, single doors to access the stairwell on all floors.
    • The lighting levels are bright.
    • The steps are not 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.
    • There are alternate sets of stairs located around the building.

Lift

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located in front of you on entrance.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are G, 1, 2 and 3.
  • Wall mounted information boards are provided at lift landings.
  • The lift is approximately 20m (21yd 2ft) from the main entrance.
  • Staff do not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The clear door width is 110cm (3ft 7in).
  • The dimensions of the lift are 190cm x 130cm (6ft 3in x 4ft 3in).
  • 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 lift does not 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.
  • Comments View
    • There is a grab rail to the rear of the mirror to aid with balance.

Reception (Enquiries)

  • Enquiries Reception is located to the rear of the library.
  • The desk is 12m (13yd 4in) from the lift.
  • The reception area is clearly visible from the lift.
  • There is step free access to this reception area, via lift.
  • The lighting levels in the reception area are bright.
  • The reception desk/counter is medium height (77cm - 109cm).
  • There is a low section of the counter (76cm or below) available.
  • There is a clear knee recess beneath the low counter.
  • The desk is staffed.
  • Comments View
    • There are similar desks in the same location on the second and third floors.
  • Opening Times View
    • Monday 09:00 - 21:30.
    • Tuesday 09:00 - 21:30.
    • Wednesday 09:00 - 21:30.
    • Thursday 09:00 - 21:30.
    • Friday 09:00 - 21:30.
    • Saturday 10:00 - 17:00.
    • Sunday 12:00 - 17:00.

Accessible Toilet (HOPE Café)

  • Accessible toilet facilities are available.
  • Location and Access View
    • There is pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 15m (16yd 1ft) from the main entrance.
    • This accessible toilet is located to the left on entrance near the Hope Café.
    • There is level access to this accessible toilet.
  • Features and Dimensions View
    • This is a shared toilet.
    • A key is required for the accessible toilet.
    • The key is not a radar key.
    • The key can be obtained from the reception counter.
    • The door opens outwards.
    • The door is locked by a locking handle.
    • The width of the accessible toilet door is 87cm (2ft 10in).
    • The door is heavy.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 174cm x 225cm (5ft 9in x 7ft 5in).
    • There is a clear 150cm x 150cm manoeuvring space in the accessible toilet.
    • There is a lateral transfer space.
    • As you face the toilet pan the transfer space is on the right.
    • The lateral transfer space is 106cm (3ft 6in).
    • 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 an emergency pull cord alarm in the cubicle.
    • 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 a/are coat hook(s).
  • Position of Fixtures View
    • Wall mounted grab rails are available for the toilet.
    • 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 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 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • There is not a towel dispenser.
    • 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 internal door and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the external door and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the wall-mounted grab rail(s) and wall is poor.
    • The contrast between the dropdown rail(s) and wall is good.
    • The toilet seat colour contrast is poor.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • The lighting levels are bright.
  • Comments View
    • There is a baby change at a height of 99cm in the cubicle.
    • This toilet was under refurbishment at time of survey on 17th July 2019.

Accessible Toilet (Library Area)

  • Accessible toilet facilities are available.
  • Location and Access View
    • There is pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 24m (26yd 9in) from the main entrance.
    • This accessible toilet is located to your left once you have passed the reception barriers.
    • There are similar toilets in the same location on the first, second and third floors. The toilets on the first and third floors have fully functioning emergency alarms. The first floor toilet can be seen in photograph 4. The second floor toilet can be seen in photograph 5. The Third floor toilet can be seen in photograph 6.
    • There is level access to this accessible toilet.
  • Features and Dimensions View
    • This is a shared toilet.
    • A key is not required for the accessible toilet.
    • The door opens outwards.
    • The door is locked by a locking handle.
    • The width of the accessible toilet door is 82cm (2ft 8in).
    • The door is heavy.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 146cm x 220cm (4ft 9in x 7ft 3in).
    • There is not a clear 150cm x 150cm manoeuvring space in the accessible toilet.
    • There is a lateral transfer space.
    • As you face the toilet pan the transfer space is on the right.
    • The lateral transfer space is 78cm (2ft 7in).
    • 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 an emergency pull cord alarm in the cubicle.
    • The emergency pull cord alarm is not fully functional.
    • The alarm was out of reach (higher than 10cm (4") from floor) when surveyed.
    • Disposal facilities are available in the cubicle.
    • There is a/are female sanitary disposal units.
    • There is a/are coat hook(s).
    • The height of the coat hook is 115cm from the floor.
  • Position of Fixtures View
    • Wall mounted grab rails are available for the toilet.
    • 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 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 can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The hand dryer is not placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • There is not a towel dispenser.
    • 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 internal door and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the external door and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the wall-mounted grab rail(s) and wall is poor.
    • The contrast between the dropdown rail(s) and wall is good.
    • The toilet seat colour contrast is poor.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • The lighting levels are bright.

Standard Toilet(s)

  • Location of Standard Toilet(s) View
    • There are male and female standard toilets facilities on all floors.
  • Standard Toilet Surveyed View
    • A male standard toilet was surveyed.
    • The toilet surveyed is located in front of you on entrance next to the lift.
    • There is a female standard toilet in the same location.
    • There is step free access to the standard toilet(s) surveyed from the entrance.
    • The standard toilet surveyed is approximately 18m from the main entrance.
    • There is not a/are not cubicle(s) suitable for ambulant disabled people in the standard toilet(s) surveyed.
    • Lighting levels in the standard toilet surveyed are varied.