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Learning Resource Centre

Bede Campus, Durham Road, Sunderland, SR3 4AH

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Introduction

  • Comments View
    • The Learning Resource Centre is located on the ground floor corridor of the Headways Building.

Location

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

Opening Times (Term Time)

  • Monday 08:30 - 20:00..
  • Tuesday 08:30 - 20:00..
  • Wednesday 08:30 - 20:00..
  • Thursday 08:30 - 17:30..
  • Friday 08:30 - 17:30..
  • Saturday Closed.
  • Sunday Closed.

Opening Times (Vacation)

  • Monday 09:00 - 16:00..
  • Tuesday 09:00 - 16:00..
  • Wednesday 09:00 - 16:00..
  • Thursday 09:00 - 16:00..
  • Friday 09:00 - 16:00..
  • Saturday Closed.
  • Sunday Closed.

Parking (Main Car Park)

  • The venue does have its own car park.
  • Venue Car Park View
    • Parking is free for all users.
    • The car park is located to the left of the main accessible entrance at 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 is/are 6 designated parking bay(s) within the car park.
    • The dimensions of the designated parking bay(s) are 354cm x 604cm (11ft 7in x 19ft 10in).
    • Designated parking bays are clearly marked.
    • The nearest designated bay is 120m (131yd 8in) from the main accessible entrance.
    • The furthest designated bay is 134m (146yd 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.
    • There is a dropped kerb between the car park and the venue.
    • The dropped kerb does have tactile paving.
    • 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.

Outside Access (Main Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located at the front of the building.
  • There is not 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 heavy.
  • The width of the door opening is 164cm (5ft 5in).

Level Change (Main Entrance)

  • There is a/are step(s) to access this area/service.
  • The step(s) is/are located in front of the entrance.
  • There is/are 7 step(s) to the area/service.
  • There is not tactile paving at the top and bottom of the steps.
  • The step(s) is/are clearly marked.
  • The step(s) is/are medium height (11cm - 17cm).
  • There is a/are handrail(s) at the step(s).
  • The handrail(s) is/are on the right going up.

Outside Access (Rear 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) away from you (push).
  • The door(s) is / are double.
  • The door(s) is / are permanently held open.
  • The width of the door opening is 108cm (3ft 7in).
  • 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 single.
    • The width of the door opening is 97cm (3ft 2in).
    • There is a small lip on the threshold of the entrance, with a height of 2cm or below.
  • Comments View
    • This entrance gives access to the lower ground floor and to the lift.
  • Comments View
    • This entrance gives access to the lower ground floor and to the lift.

Level Change (Rear Entrance)

  • There is a ramp/slope to access this area/service.
  • The ramp/slope does bypass the step(s).
  • The ramp/slope is located leading from the car park to the entrance.
  • The ramp/slope is slight.
  • The ramp/slope is permanent.
  • There is a level landing at the top of the ramp/slope.
  • The ramp does have handrails.
  • The handrails are on both sides.
  • There is a/are step(s) to access this area/service.
  • The step(s) is/are located to the right of the slope as you face the venue.
  • There is/are 6 step(s) to the area/service.
  • There is tactile paving at the top and bottom of the steps.
  • The step(s) is/are clearly marked.
  • The step(s) is/are medium height (11cm - 17cm).
  • There is a/are handrail(s) at the step(s).
  • The handrail(s) is/are on both sides.

Other Floors

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are 1, 2 and 3.
    • The stairs are located to the left as you enter via the rear entrance.
    • The stairs are approximately 7m from the rear entrance.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • The lighting levels are medium.
    • 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.
  • Comments View
    • There are similar staircases throughout the building.

Lift

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located on the main corridor.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are 1, 2 and 3.
  • Wall mounted information boards are not provided at lift landings.
  • The weight limit for the lift is 630kg.
  • The lift is approximately 42m (45yd 2ft) from the rear accessible entrance.
  • Staff do not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The clear door width is 79cm (2ft 7in).
  • The dimensions of the lift are 110cm x 140cm (3ft 7in x 4ft 7in).
  • There are not 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 not have an audible announcer.
  • The lift does not have Braille markings.
  • The lift does not have tactile markings.
  • The controls for the lift are within 90cm - 120cm from the floor.
  • The lighting level in the lift is medium.

Outside Access (Learning Centre Second Floor Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located on the second floor corridor in the Headways building.
  • There is 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 (with one leaf locked).
    • The width of the door opening is 90cm (2ft 11in).
    • There is a second set of doors.
    • The door(s) open(s) automatically (towards you).
    • The door(s) is / are single.
    • The width of the door opening is 89cm (2ft 11in).
  • Comments View
    • The width between the security barriers is 90cm.

Outside Access (Learning Centre Second Floor Side Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located at the side of the learning centre in the Headways building on the second floor.
  • There is level access into the venue.
  • Level access is via lift.
  • 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 176cm (5ft 9in).
  • Comments View
    • The left hand side door is permanently held open giving a door width of 86cm.
    • There are security barriers at this entrance.
    • The clear width between the security barriers is 90cm.

Reception

  • The desk/counter is 5m (5yd 1ft) from the Learning Centre second floor main entrance.
  • There is level access to the desk/counter from the entrance.
  • The lighting levels are bright.
  • The desk/counter is low (76cm or lower).
  • 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 bright.

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 7 days to process an order.
  • The library does have computers with accessible software.
  • Auxiliary aids are available for computer users.
  • A height adjustable chair is / are available.
  • Other computer auxiliary aids include a large screen.
  • Equipment available for people with a visual impairment includes magnifying software.
  • Comments View
    • The accessible software available includes SuperNova and Jaws.
    • There is a Braille printer.

Additional Info

  • Staff do receive disability awareness / equality training.
  • Documents can be requested in Braille.
  • Documents can be requested in large print.
  • A member of staff trained in BSL skills is normally on duty.
  • Staff are trained to BSL level 3.
  • Staff are Text Relay aware.

Accessible Toilet(s)

  • There is not an/are not accessible toilet(s) available.
  • The nearest accessible toilet(s) is/are located on all floors of the Headway building.

Standard Toilet(s)

  • Standard toilet facilities are not available.
  • The nearest standard toilet(s) is/are located on all floors of the Headway building.