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Aldrich Library

Cockcroft Building, Moulsecoomb Campus, University of Brighton, Lewes Road, Brighton, BN2 4GJ

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Introduction

Opening Times (Library)

Getting Here

  • By Road View
    • The Moulsecoomb site is two kilometres from Brighton city centre and five kilometres from Falmer. Moulsecoomb is easily accessible on foot, bike and public transport.
      From the A23:
      1. At the Mill Road roundabout, as you approach Brighton take the left-hand lane signposted Newhaven, Lewes (A27).
      2. At the mini roundabout take the second exit (straight over).
      3. At the next mini roundabout take the second exit (right) onto the A27 eastbound.
      4. On the A27 branch left (signposted Hollingbury Industrial Estate) and then at the roundabout take the first exit on to Coldean Lane, signposted Coldean, Ditchling.
      5. Continue down Coldean Lane until you reach the junction with A270 Lewes Road (large junction with traffic lights).
      6. Do NOT bear left and take the junction to the A27 signposted universities.
      7. Turn right and continue for approximately two kilometres past Wild Park and under the railway bridge.
      8. The Cockcroft and Watts buildings are on your right and Mithras House is on the left, 100 metres further on.
      From the A27 heading east:
      1. Follow the directions above from the beginning, bearing in mind you are already on the A27 heading towards Lewes.
      2. From the A27 heading west
      3. Follow the directions above from point four.
    • Parking is limited on site. There is a permit controlled car park located in front of Mithras House or on the south side of the Watts Building.
  • By Bus View
    • The Brighton & Hove Bus and Coach Company runs services across the city, with tickets for limited services running past our Brighton campuses and a discount for university UniCard holders on all services. Tickets can be bought from bus drivers, online and on mobile phone apps.
      Brighton & Hove Bus and Coach Company and Compass Travel also operate routes to Eastbourne.
      The university operates an hourly shuttle bus service linking all of our Brighton campuses and Varley Halls during term time. This is free to all staff and students upon production of a university UniCard and operates during term time, see the UB1 timetable for more details.
  • By Train View
    • Moulsecoomb station is situated behind the Watts and Cockcroft buildings and is two stops from the main Brighton station. There are up to four trains an hour from Moulsecoomb to Falmer (four minutes' journey time), two trains an hour direct to Eastbourne (35 minutes' journey time) and regular direct and connecting services to Hastings (70 minutes' average journey time).
      Visit the National Rail Enquiries website for timetables and passenger information.
  • Useful Links View

Useful Information

Building Parking

  • The building does have its own dedicated parking.
  • Building Car Park View
    • The car park can be used by staff, visitors, permit holders and Blue Badge holders.
    • There are no parking charges that apply on the day.
    • The car park is located in front of the building.
    • The car park type is open air/surface.
    • The car park does not have a height restriction barrier.
    • Designated Blue Badge parking bays are available.
    • There is/are 2 designated parking bay(s) within the car park.
    • The Blue Badge bay(s) is/are clearly marked and signposted.
    • The dimensions of the designated parking bay(s) are 490cm x 565cm (16ft 1in x 18ft 6in).
    • The dimensions of the designated bays do not vary in size.
    • Parking spaces for Blue Badge holders do not need to be booked in advance.
    • The nearest designated bay is 19m (20yd 2ft) from the main entrance.
    • The route from the car park to the building is accessible to a wheelchair user with assistance.
    • Assistance may be required because there is / are level changes with no dropped kerbs.
    • The dropped kerb between the car park and the building does have tactile paving.
    • The car park surface is tarmac.
  • Site/Campus Car Parks View
    • There is a site/campus car park for staff and visitors within approximately 200m.
    • The name of the car park is Watts car park.
    • The car park is located on the far side of the Watts Building.
  • Drop Off Point View
    • There is not a designated drop off point.

Site/Campus Car Park (Watts Car Park)

  • Car Park View
    • The car park is located to the south side of the Watts Building.
    • The nearest building(s) to this car park is/are Watts 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 not available.
  • Charges and Restrictions View
    • This car park can be used by staff, visitors and permit holders.
    • There are no parking charges that apply on the day.
    • Signs are provided to give information on parking charges/restrictions.
    • Signs are clearly presented.
  • 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 Watts Building.
    • This car park is not clearly signposted from the main parts of the campus.

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.
    • A UCard is required for access at this entrance.
    • The height of the card reader/lock is 90cm (2ft 11in).
    • There is not a canopy or recess which provides weather protection at this entrance.
    • The main door(s) open(s) automatically.
    • The door(s) is / are double.
    • The width of the door opening is 179cm (5ft 10in).
  • 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 175cm (5ft 9in).
  • 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 (Side Entrance)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located The entrance is located at the side of the building, opposite the advanced engineering building.
    • There is ramped/sloped access at this entrance.
    • The height of the card reader/lock is 92cm (3ft).
    • There is not 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 single.
    • The width of the door opening is 93cm (3ft 1in).
    • There is a small lip on the threshold of the entrance, with a height of 2cm or below.
  • 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 single.
    • The width of the door opening is 88cm (2ft 11in).
  • 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.
  • Comments View
    • There is a manual revolving door available at this entrance to the right of the main doors. The is also a further manual, heavy, single door that opens both ways on the right hand side. The width is 93cm.

Outside Access (24 Hour Entrance)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located at the side of the building off of Winterbourne Lane.
    • There is ramped/sloped or stepped access at this entrance.
    • There is a bell/buzzer.
    • The height of the bell/buzzer is 130cm (4ft 3in).
    • There is an intercom.
    • The height of the intercom is 130cm (4ft 3in).
    • A key card is required for access at this entrance.
    • The height of the card reader/lock is 127cm (4ft 2in).
    • There is a canopy or recess which provides weather protection at this entrance.
    • The main door(s) open(s) towards you (pull).
    • The door(s) is / are double.
    • The door(s) may be difficult to open.
    • The width of the door opening is 172cm (5ft 8in).
    • There is a small lip on the threshold of the entrance, with a height of less than 2cm.
  • Second Set of Doors View
    • There is a second set of doors.
    • The door(s) open(s) towards you (pull).
    • The door(s) is / are double.
    • The door(s) may be difficult to open.
    • The width of the door opening is 172cm (5ft 8in).
    • There is a small lip on the threshold of the entrance, with a height of less than 2cm.
  • Ramp/Slope View
    • There is a ramp/slope at this entrance.
    • The ramp/slope is located to the left as you face the entrance.
    • The ramp/slope does bypass the step(s).
    • The ramp/slope gradient is slight.
  • Step(s) View
    • There is a / are step(s) at this entrance.
    • The step(s) is / are located in front of the entrance.
    • There is / are 5 step(s) to access the entrance.
    • There is not tactile paving at the top and bottom of the step(s).
    • The step(s) is / are not clearly marked.
    • The step(s) is / are medium height (11cm - 17cm).
    • The steps do have handrails.
    • The handrails are on both sides.
  • Comments View
    • Please note this entrance is only open when the main building entrance is closed. The opening times for the 24hr entrance are as follows:
    • Monday-Friday: 00:00-08:30
    • Saturday-Sunday: 00:00-12:00.

Getting Around

  • Access View
    • There is step free access throughout the building.
    • There is a slight ramp, with no handrails, for access to Lecture Theatre 101.
    • Lecture Theatre 101 is located at the front of the building on the first floor. The ramp is shown in photograph 1. Lecture Theatre 101 has staggered seating but there is level access to the speaker's area and there is also designated seating for wheelchair users at the front, shown in photograph 2.
  • Getting Around View
    • There is clear signage for building facilities/areas in the foyer/reception area.
    • There is clearly written directional signage at key points of circulation routes.
    • There is high colour contrast between the walls and floor in all areas.
    • The lighting levels are moderate to good.
    • This building does not play background music.
    • There is not a hearing assistance system.
  • Comments View
    • There is a lowered bench in room 712 and 713 on the 7th floor. This is shown in photograph 6.

Other Floors

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are G, M, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8.
    • The stairs are located to the right of the student union desk just beyond the front lift.
    • The stairs are approximately 22m from the main entrance.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • There are manual, heavy, double doors to access the stairwell on all floors.
    • The lighting levels are low.
    • The steps are clearly marked.
    • The steps are deep (18cm+).
    • The steps do have handrails.
    • The steps have a handrail on both sides.
    • There is a landing.
    • There are similar sets of stairs at the rear of the building by the rear lifts. There is also a set of stairs leading from the main entrance foyer leading to the mezzanine level only.

Lift (Front Lifts)

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located immediately beyond the main entrance.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are G, M, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8.
  • Wall mounted information boards are provided at lift landings.
  • The lift is approximately 16m (17yd 1ft) from the main entrance.
  • Staff do not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The clear door width is 80cm (2ft 7in).
  • The dimensions of the lift are 118cm x 128cm (3ft 10in x 4ft 2in).
  • 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 medium.

Lift (Rear Lifts)

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located at the rear of the building.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are G, M, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8.
  • Wall mounted information boards are provided at lift landings.
  • There are manual, heavy, double doors to access the lift lobby from the first floor upwards.
  • The lift is approximately 53m (57yd 2ft) from the main entrance.
  • Staff do not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The clear door width is 103cm (3ft 5in).
  • The dimensions of the lift are 176cm x 166cm (5ft 9in x 5ft 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 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 medium.

Entrance (Library Entrance)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located on the mezzanine level next to the front lifts.
    • There is step free access at this entrance.
    • A UCard is required for access at this entrance.
    • The height of the card reader/lock is 110cm (3ft 7in).
    • The main door(s) open(s) automatically (away from you).
    • The door(s) is / are single.
    • The width of the door opening is 85cm (2ft 9in).
  • Comments View
    • There are security barriers just inside the entrance and just before the exit that are 102cm wide.

Opening Times (Help Desk)

  • Monday 08:30 - 20:45.
  • Tuesday 08:30 - 20:45.
  • Wednesday 08:30 - 20:45.
  • Thursday 08:30 - 20:45.
  • Friday 08:30 - 18:45.
  • Saturday 11:00 - 14:45.
  • Sunday 11:00 - 14:45.

Reception (Help Desk)

  • Help Desk is located straight ahead from the entrance.
  • The desk is 11m (12yd 1in) from the library 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 moderate to good.
  • The reception desk/counter is low (76cm or lower).
  • There is 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 signed.
  • Staff are trained to use the hearing assistance system.
  • Comments View
    • There is self service issue and return machine located to the left as you face the reception desk shown in photograph 3. It is accessible to wheelchair users. There is another self service issue and return machine located on first floor opposite the lift.

Other Floors

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are G, 1, 2 and 3.
    • The stairs are located on the far left hand side from the library entrance.
    • The stairs are approximately 62m from the library entrance.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • The lighting levels are medium.
    • The steps are clearly marked.
    • The steps are deep (18cm+).
    • The steps do have handrails.
    • The steps have a handrail on both sides.
    • There is a landing.

Lift

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located on the far left hand side from the library 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 54m (59yd 2in) from the library entrance.
  • Staff do not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The clear door width is 80cm (2ft 7in).
  • The dimensions of the lift are 100cm x 138cm (3ft 3in x 4ft 6in).
  • 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 have a hearing loop system.
  • The lift does 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 medium.

Inside Access

  • There is level access to the service.
  • There is a hearing assistance system.
  • The system is a fixed loop.
  • The fixed loop is in the seminar room.
  • Staff are trained to use the hearing assistance system.
  • The lighting levels are varied.
  • Comments View
    • There is a seminar room with a fixed loop that can be booked or hired out, shown in photograph 3.

Skills Hub

  • The Skills Hub is located on the first floor of the library.
  • The health, disability and Dyslexia support service can be found in the Skills Hub.

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.
  • 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 low level print copy scan, adjustable monitor arms.
  • Equipment available for people with a visual impairment includes digital magnifier and scanners.
  • Comments View
    • There are terminals to view the library catalogue on fixed tables 105cm high, shown in photograph 1.
    • Photograph 2 shows the height adjustable desk, scanner and printer, located in the quiet study area on the ground floor.
    • There is a self service laptop loan dispenser located on the first floor opposite the lift. The touch screen buttons are 112cm high.

Toilet with Adaptations (First Floor - Right Hand Transfer)

  • 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 63m (68yd 2ft) from the library entrance.
    • This accessible toilet is located on the far left hand side from the entrance, on first floor in the corner of the study area opposite the lift.
    • There are accessible toilets in the same location on other floors. The toilets on the ground and second floor have the transfer space on the left hand side.
    • 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 twist lock.
    • The width of the accessible toilet door is 75cm (2ft 6in).
    • The door may be difficult to open.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 202cm x 150cm (6ft 8in x 4ft 11in).
    • 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 136cm (4ft 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 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 open waste paper bin 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 not a shelf within the accessible toilet.
    • There is a mirror.
    • Mirrors are not placed at a lower level or at an angle for ease of use.
    • The height of the toilet seat above floor level is 45cm (1ft 6in).
    • 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 103cm (3ft 5in).
    • 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).
    • There is a soap dispenser.
    • The soap dispenser can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The height of the soap dispenser is 98cm.
  • Colour Contrast and Lighting View
    • There is a high colour contrast between the internal door and wall.
    • There is a high colour contrast between the external door and wall.
    • There is a high colour contrast between the wall-mounted grab rail(s) and wall.
    • There is a high colour contrast between the dropdown rail(s) and wall.
    • The toilet seat colour contrast is poor.
    • There is a high colour contrast between the walls and floor.
    • The lighting levels are moderate to good.
  • Comments View
    • The other accessible toilets are shown in pictures 2, 3 and 4.

Standard Toilet(s)

  • Location of Standard Toilet(s) View
    • There are male standard toilets facilities on the first floor.
  • Standard Toilet Surveyed View
    • A male standard toilet was surveyed.
    • The toilet surveyed is located to the left as you exit 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 11m from the lift.
    • There is a/are cubicle(s) suitable for ambulant disabled people in the standard toilet(s) surveyed.
    • There are horizontal grab rails on both sides of the seat and a vertical rail on the left.
    • Lighting levels in the standard toilet surveyed are good.