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Taylor Library

High Street, Aberdeen, AB24 3UB

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Opening Times

  • Monday 09:00 - 22:00.
  • Tuesday 09:00 - 22:00.
  • Wednesday 09:00 - 22:00.
  • Thursday 09:00 - 22:00.
  • Friday 09:00 - 20:00.
  • Saturday 09:00 - 22:00.
  • Saturday 13:00 - 22:00.
  • Sunday Closed.
  • Comments View
    • During the holidays the library is open 09.00 - 17.00 Monday - Friday..

Location

  • The venue is situated outside the centre of the town or city.
  • This venue is situated in Aberdeen.
  • The venue is not situated on a road which has a steep gradient.
  • The nearest National Rail station is Aberdeen.
  • Comments View
    • The Taylor Library is located on the 1st floor of the Taylor Building (Block C and D).
    • The entrance to the library is located to the left hand side as you exit the lift.

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 type is open air/surface.
    • There is/are 5 Blue Badge parking bay(s) within the car park.
    • The dimensions of the Blue Badge parking bay(s) are 400cm x 600cm (13ft 1in x 19ft 8in).
    • The nearest Blue Badge bay is 10m (10yd 2ft) from the main accessible entrance.
    • The route from the car park to the entrance is accessible to a wheelchair user with assistance.
    • The car park surface is tarmac.
    • There is a road to cross between the car park and the entrance.
    • The road is generally quiet.
    • The car park does have a height restriction barrier.
    • The maximum height is 400cm (13ft 1in).
  • Comments View
    • The designated bays are shared with Blocks A and B.

Outside Access (Block C - Entrance to Block B)

  • This information is for the entrance located beneath the archway.
  • There is not level access into the venue.
  • The main door(s) open(s) automatically.
  • The door(s) is / are double.
  • The width of the door opening is 135cm (4ft 5in).
  • Second set of doors View
    • There is a second set of doors.
    • The door(s) open(s) automatically.
    • The door(s) is / are double.
    • The width of the door opening is 138cm (4ft 6in).
  • Comments View
    • There is a similar entrance at the opposite side of the building.

Level Change (Block C - Entrance to Block B)

  • There is a ramp/slope to access this area/service.
  • The ramp/slope does bypass the step(s).
  • The ramp/slope is located to the right of the entrance.
  • The ramp/slope is moderate.
  • The ramp/slope is permanent.
  • The ramp does have handrails.
  • The handrails are on both sides.
  • The width of the ramp/slope is 128cm (4ft 2in).
  • There is a/are step(s) to access this area/service.
  • There is/are 2 step(s) to the area/service.
  • The lighting levels at the step(s) are bright.
  • The step(s) is/are not clearly marked.
  • The step(s) is/are deep (18cm+).
  • 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 G-1-Mezzanine-2-3.
    • 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
    • This staircase is located in Block C.

Lift

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located next to the Block C Entrance to Block B.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are G-1-Mezzanine-2-3.
  • The lift is approximately 11m (12yd 1in) from the main entrance.
  • Staff do not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The dimensions of the lift are 106cm x 122cm (3ft 6in x 4ft).
  • 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 have Braille markings.
  • The lift does have tactile markings.
  • The lighting level in the lift is low.

Reception (Taylor Library Issue Desk)

  • The desk is 12m (13yd 4in) from the lift.
  • There is not level access to reception from the entrance.
  • The lighting levels are bright.
  • The reception desk is medium height (77cm - 109cm).
  • The desk does not have a low (76cm or lower) section.
  • There is a hearing assistance system.
  • The type of system is a fixed loop.
  • Comments View
    • There is a wider security gate to the left here.
    • There is a further low help desk towards the rear.

Inside Access (The Taylor Library)

  • There is not level access to the service.
  • This venue does not play background music.
  • The lighting levels are bright.

Level Change (The Taylor Library)

  • There is a ramp or slope to access this service.
  • The ramp or slope is located by the gates at the entrance to the Library.
  • The ramp or slope is easy.
  • The ramp or slope is permanent.
  • The width of the ramp or slope is 90cm (2ft 11in).
  • Comments View
    • There is also a moderate ramp, 120 cm wide with handrails on both sides, or 2 medium well-marked steps with no handrails, leading up from the Block C part to the Block D part on the Mezzanine Level (Library Level 2).

Library (Taylor 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 not an ordering service.
  • Comments View
    • The library is located on the first floor and is accessed via a push pad automatic door, 87 cm wide, which opens towards you.
    • Braille and large print books can be ordered through the Law department.
    • Then is one terminal in the library which has a large screen and mouse, and has enhanced software loaded.
    • It must be booked in advance, but people with disabilities are given priority access.

Other Floors

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are 1 and Mezzanine.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • The lighting levels are bright.
    • The steps are not clearly marked.
    • The steps are deep (18cm+).
    • The steps do have handrails.
    • The steps have a handrail on the left going up.
    • There is not a landing.
  • Comments View
    • This staircase is located in the Block C part of the Taylor Library.
    • There is a similar staircase in the Block D part of the library offering a handrail on the right.

Lift (Library)

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located within The Taylor Library.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are 1 and Mezzanine.
  • The lift is approximately 60m (65yd 1ft) from the accessible entrance.
  • Staff do not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The dimensions of the lift are 85cm x 133cm (2ft 9in x 4ft 4in).
  • There is not a mirror to aid reversing out of the lift.
  • The lift does not 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 lighting level in the lift is bright.
  • Comments View
    • The lift is located within the Library, and is for staff and students with disabilities only.

Accessible Toilet (Block C)

  • There are accessible toilet facilities within this venue.
  • Location and Access View
    • The toilet is for the sole use of disabled people.
    • There is pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 3m (3yd 10in) from the lift.
    • This accessible toilet is located on the first floor mezzanine, to the left as you exit the lift.
    • There is level access to this accessible toilet.
    • This is by lift.
  • Features and Dimensions View
    • This is a unisex toilet.
    • A key is not required for the accessible toilet.
    • The door opens outwards.
    • The door is locked by a sliding bolt.
    • The width of the accessible toilet door is 84cm (2ft 9in).
    • The door is heavy.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 167cm x 190cm (5ft 6in x 6ft 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 98cm (3ft 3in).
    • 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 open waste paper bin disposal units.
    • There is a/are coat hook(s).
  • Position of Fixtures View
    • Wall-mounted grab 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 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 44cm (1ft 5in).
    • There is not a hand dryer.
    • There is a towel dispenser.
    • The towel dispenser can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The towel dispenser is placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • The height of the towel dispenser is 122cm (4ft).
    • There is a toilet roll holder.
    • The toilet roll holder cannot 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 poor.
    • The toilet seat colour contrast is poor.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • The lighting levels are bright.
  • Comments View
    • The details here are for the accessible toilet on the mezzanine level.
    • There is a similar toilet on the first floor, except the lateral transfer space is on the left - shown in photographs 3 and 4.

Standard Toilet(s) (Block C)

  • Availability and Location of Standard Toilets View
    • Standard toilet facilities are available.
  • Access to Standard Female Toilet(s) View
    • The female toilet facilities that were surveyed are located on the first floor, to the left of the lift.
    • The female toilet(s) is/are approximately 5m (5yd 1ft) from the lift.
    • Inside the venue, there is level access to the female toilet(s).
    • Lighting levels are bright.
  • Access to Standard Male Toilet(s) View
    • The male toilet facilities that were surveyed are located on the Mezzanine level to the left of the lift.
    • The male toilet(s) is/are approximately 5m (5yd 1ft) from the lift.
    • Inside the venue, there is level access to the male toilet(s).
    • Lighting levels are bright.
  • Comments View
    • There is also a staff only female standard toilet on the second floor.

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 not normally on duty.
  • This service can be requested.