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Central Library

Central Library, Sheffield, S1 1XZ

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Introduction

  • Comments View
    • The venue is a registered Sheffield Safe Places and is Dementia friendly.
    • The library will pay for a Calibre Audio Library membership for registered blind and partially sighted people.

Opening Times

  • Monday 09:30 - 17:30.
  • Tuesday 09:30 - 17:30.
  • Wednesday 13:00 - 20:00.
  • Thursday 09:30 - 17:30.
  • Friday 09:30 - 17:30.
  • Saturday 10:00 - 16:00.
  • Sunday Closed.

Location

  • There is a bus stop within 150m (164yds) of the venue.
  • The nearest National Rail station is Sheffield.
  • There is not a tram stop within 150m (164yds) of the venue.

Parking (Blue Badge Holders)

  • The venue does have its own car park.
  • Venue Car Park View
    • Parking is free for Blue Badge holders.
    • The car park is located at the rear of the venue, off Arundel Gate.
    • The car park type is open air/surface.
    • Parking spaces for Blue Badge holders do not need to be booked in advance.
    • There is/are 1 Blue Badge parking bay(s) within the car park.
    • The dimensions of the Blue Badge parking bay(s) are 360cm x 600cm (11ft 10in x 19ft 8in).
    • The nearest Blue Badge bay is 5m (5yd 1ft) from the 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.
    • There is not a road to cross between the car park and the entrance.
    • The car park does not have a height restriction barrier.
  • Drop off Point View
    • There is not a designated drop off point.
  • Comments View
    • The car park is for Blue Badge holders only.
    • There is also Blue Badge parking on Surrey Street at the front of the venue.
    • These bays are marked widthway only and are 250cm wide (photographs 2 and 3).

Outside Access (Accessible Entrance)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located off Arundel Gate.
    • There is ramped/sloped access at this entrance.
    • There is a bell/buzzer.
    • The height of the bell/buzzer is 104cm (3ft 5in).
    • There is not an intercom.
    • The main door(s) open(s) towards you (pull).
    • The door(s) is/are double width.
    • The door(s) is/are heavy.
    • The width of the door opening is 144cm.
    • There is a small lip on the threshold of the entrance, with a height of 2cm or below.
  • Ramp/Slope View
    • The ramp/slope is located leading to the entrance.
    • The gradient of the ramp/slope is slight.
  • Comments View
    • This entrance is on the lower ground floor of the library.
    • Wheelchair users, people with mobility problems and people with prams and pushchairs are accompanied by a porter as there is only staff access from this entrance to the library and to other areas within the building.

Lift (Accessible Entrance)

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located to the left as you enter via the accessible entrance.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are LG, G, 1, 2, 3, 4.
  • The lift is approximately 5m (5yd 1ft) from the accessible entrance.
  • Staff do need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The clear door width is 90cm (2ft 11in).
  • The dimensions of the lift are 105cm x 135cm (3ft 5in x 4ft 5in).
  • 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 90cm - 120cm from the floor.
  • The lift does not have Braille markings.
  • The lift does have tactile markings.
  • The lighting level in the lift is medium.
  • Comments View
    • Anyone using this lift will be accompanied by a porter as there is no direct access to any of the floors in the central library or to Graves Art Gallery.

Outside Access (Surrey Street Entrance)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located at the front of the building on Surrey Street.
    • There is stepped access at this entrance.
    • There is not a bell/buzzer.
    • There is not an intercom.
    • The main door(s) open(s) both ways.
    • The door(s) is/are double width.
    • The door(s) is/are heavy.
    • The width of the door opening is 152cm.
  • Step(s) View
    • The step(s) is/are located in front of the entrance.
    • There is/are 9 step(s).
    • The step(s) is/are clearly marked.
    • The height of the step(s) is/are between 15cm and 18cm.
    • The height of the step(s) is/are 15cm.
    • There is a/are handrail(s) at the step(s).
    • The handrail(s) is/are on both sides.
    • Handrails are at the recommended height (90cm-100cm).
    • Handrails do not cover the flight of stairs throughout its length.
    • Handrails are not easy to grip.
    • Handrails do not extend horizontally beyond the first and last steps.
  • Comments View
    • There is an additional single door to the left.
    • This door opens both ways and is heavy.
    • The door is 76cm wide.

Entrance (Central Library Internal Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located on the ground floor, beyond the Surrey Street entrance.
  • Entrance View
    • There is step-free access at this entrance.
    • There is not a bell/buzzer.
    • There is not an intercom.
    • The main door(s) open(s) both ways.
    • The door(s) is/are double width.
    • The door(s) is/are heavy.
    • The width of the door opening is 146cm.
    • There is a small lip on the threshold of the entrance, with a height of 2cm or below.
  • Comments View
    • There is a single door immediately to the right of the double doors.
    • This door opens both ways and is heavy.
    • The door is 73cm wide.
    • There are security barriers immediately beyond this entrance (photograph 2).
    • The width between the barriers is 100cm.

Entrance (Central Children's Library Internal Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located at the rear of the computer and internet studies room.
  • Entrance View
    • There is stepped access at this entrance.
    • The main door(s) open(s) away from you (push).
    • The door(s) is/are double width but one door is locked.
    • The door(s) is/are heavy.
    • The width of the door opening is 63cm.
  • Step(s) View
    • The step(s) is/are located beyond the entrance.
    • There is/are 15+ step(s).
    • The step(s) is/are clearly marked.
    • The height of the step(s) is/are between 15cm and 18cm.
    • The height of the step(s) is/are 15cm.
    • There is a/are handrail(s) at the step(s).
    • The handrail(s) is/are on both sides.
    • Handrails are not at the recommended height (90cm-100cm).
    • Handrails do cover the flight of stairs throughout its length.
    • Handrails are easy to grip.
    • Handrails do extend horizontally beyond the first and last steps.
    • The lighting levels at the step(s) are good.

Reception

  • The desk/counter is 20m (21yd 2ft) from the lift.
  • There is level access to the desk/counter from the entrance.
  • The desk/counter is medium height (77cm - 109cm).
  • The desk/counter has a low (76cm or lower) section.
  • The lighting levels are medium.
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.
  • There is a touch screen.
  • The touch screen is at a suitable height for a wheelchair user.
  • Comments View
    • The lowest function on the self service machine is 26cm, the highest is 118cm.

Inside Access

  • There is level access to the service(s).
  • Motorised scooters are allowed in public parts of the venue.
  • The 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 in audio format.
  • There is an ordering service.
  • The library does not have computers with accessible software.
  • Auxiliary aids are not available for computer users.
  • Comments View
    • There are computer desks and chairs without armrests available.
    • The desks are 70cm high.
    • There are some chairs with armrests in the auxiliary room to the left of the reception desk.

Reading Room

  • The reading room is located on the ground floor, to the right as you enter the Surrey Street entrance.
  • Access to this room from the accessible entrance is to the right as you enter the ground floor foyer from the library.
  • The entrance doors are double, heavy and open towards you (pull).
  • The doors are 160cm wide.
  • There is a security barrier just beyond the entrance doors.
  • This barrier is 99cm wide.
  • The reception desk is 6m from the entrance doors.
  • The height of the reception desk is 75cm.
  • There is no hearing loop available.
  • The computer desks in this room are 70cm high.
  • There are chairs available without armrests at these desks.
  • There is a variety of tables and chairs with and without armrests throughout the room.
  • There are two private meeting pods in this rooms (photographs 9 and 10).
  • The door to the pod is single, opens away from you (push) and is light.
  • The width of the door is 80cm.
  • The height of the table in the pod is 74cm.
  • There are chairs without armrests available.
  • These pods are free of charge to use but have to be booked in advance.

Computer and Internet Centre

  • This room is located in the ground floor foyer, to the right as you enter from the Surrey Street entrance.
  • Access to this room from the accessible entrance is to the left as you enter the ground floor foyer from the library.
  • The entrance doors are double, open towards you (pull) and are heavy.
  • The doors are 160cm wide.
  • The reception desk is 4m from the entrance doors.
  • The reception desk is 75cm high.
  • There is not a hearing loop available.
  • The highest desk in this area is 103cm, the lowest desk is 69cm.
  • There are chairs without armrests available.
  • The internal entrance to the central children's library is located at the rear of this room.

Other Floors

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are G, 1, 2, 3.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • The steps are clearly marked.
    • The steps are medium height (11cm - 17cm).
    • The steps do have handrails.
    • The steps have a handrail on both sides.
    • There is a landing.
    • The lighting levels are medium.

Lift

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located in the ground floor foyer.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are G, 1, 2, 3.
  • The lift is approximately 6m (6yd 1ft) from the Surrey Street entrance.
  • Staff do not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The clear door width is 70cm (2ft 4in).
  • The dimensions of the lift are 95cm x 95cm (3ft 1in x 3ft 1in).
  • 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 controls for the lift are within 90cm - 120cm from the floor.
  • The lift does not have Braille markings.
  • The lift does not have tactile markings.
  • The lighting level in the lift is medium.

Carpenter Room

  • This room is located on the first floor, 6m to the right as you exit the lift.
  • The entrance doors are double, open towards you (pull) and are heavy.
  • The doors are 140cm wide.
  • This room has a fixed hearing loop.
  • This room has chairs without armrests available.
  • Chairs with armrests can be provided if required.
  • This room is available for hire.

Local Studies

  • This area is located on the first floor, 3m to the left as you exit the lift.
  • The entrance doors are double, open towards you (pull) and are heavy.
  • The doors are 140cm wide.
  • The reception desk is 4m from the entrance doors.
  • The height of the reception desk is 77cm.
  • There is a security barrier at the reception desk (photograph 4).
  • The width of the barrier is 105cm.
  • This room has computers, DVD, microfiche and micro film machines.
  • There are also computers to access" Picture Sheffield".
  • The desks are 72cm high.
  • There are chairs with and without armrests available.

Accessible Toilet

  • Accessible toilet facilities are available.
  • Location and Access View
    • There is pictorial and written text signage on or near the toilet door.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 10m (10yd 2ft) from the accessible entrance.
    • This accessible toilet is located on the lower ground floor.
    • 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 85cm (2ft 9in).
    • The door is heavy.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 165cm x 210cm (5ft 5in x 6ft 11in).
    • There is not sufficient turning space in the cubicle for a wheelchair user.
    • There is a lateral transfer space.
    • As you face the toilet pan the transfer space is on the right.
    • The lateral transfer space is 65cm (2ft 2in).
    • There is a dropdown rail on the transfer side.
    • There is a flush on the transfer side.
    • The tap type is twist/turn.
    • There is a mixer tap.
    • There is an emergency alarm.
    • 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 and non-infectious waste disposal units.
    • There is not a/are not 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 a shelf within the accessible toilet.
    • The shelf is not higher than 95cm (3ft 1in).
    • 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 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 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 fair.
    • The contrast between the dropdown rail(s) and wall is fair.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • The lighting levels are bright.
  • Baby Change Facilities View
    • Baby change facilities are located within the venue.
    • Baby change facilities are located within this accessible toilet.
    • The height of the baby change table once extended is 100cm (3ft 3in).
  • Comments View
    • There is a similar accessible toilet adjacent with the lateral transfer space to the left.
    • This accessible toilet does not have baby change facilities.

Standard Toilet(s)

  • Availability and Location of Standard Toilets View
    • Standard toilet facilities are available.
  • Access to Standard Female and Male Toilet(s) View
    • The female and male toilet facilities that were surveyed are located on the third floor.
    • The female and male toilets are approximately 5m (5yd 1ft) from the lift.
    • Inside the venue, there is level access to the female and male toilets.
    • Lighting levels are medium.
  • Baby Change Facilities View
    • Baby change facilities are located within the venue.
    • Baby change facilities are located within the female standard toilets.
    • The height of the baby change table once extended is 90cm (2ft 11in).
  • Comments View
    • There is also a shared standard toilet off the Carpenter Room on the first floor (photographs 4 and 5).
    • This toilet is only available to people attending events in the Carpenter Room.

Additional Info

  • Documents are not available in Braille.
  • Documents are available in large print.
  • A bowl of water can be provided for an assistance dog.
  • A member of staff trained in BSL skills is not normally on duty.
  • This service cannot be requested.
  • Home visits / services are not available.