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University of Cambridge, Sidgwick Site, West Road, Cambridge, CB3 9DR

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Introduction

  • This University Library is a single copy Legal Deposit Library containing multiple reading and study rooms, including; the Munby Rare Books Room, Music Room, Aoi East Asian Reading Room, Maps Room, Manuscripts Room, West Room and main Reading Room. The Library also has a Tea Room CafĂ© and the Milstein Exhibition Centre.

Opening Times

  • Monday 09:00 - 19:00.
  • Tuesday 09:00 - 19:00.
  • Wednesday 09:00 - 19:00.
  • Thursday 09:00 - 19:00.
  • Friday 09:00 - 19:00.
  • Saturday 09:00 - 16:45.
  • Sunday Closed.
  • Comments View
    • Various services within the building will start closing up to 30 minutes before the buildings closing time.
    • During Easter term the Library is open until 22:00.
    • For more information on opening times for specific services and for holiday opening times please click here (link opens in new tab).

Getting Here

  • By Road View
    • The Library is located off West Road, opposite the entrance to the Sidgwick Site.
      Robinson, Selwyn, Wolfson, and the back gates of Trinity, St. John's, Clare and King's Colleges are nearby.
      West Road can be reached from the A10 via Hauxton Road, High Street, Trumpington Street, The Fen Causeway Newham Road and Queen's Road.
    • There is parking located in front of the Library Building, this includes some Blue Badge bays. The Library car park has limited spaces and operates on a first come first serve basis.
      There is parking available in front of the West Road Entrance as well as some pay and display parking located along West Road.
  • By Bus View
    • There are bus stops located along West Road.
  • By Train View
    • The library is located approximately 1.8 miles from the Cambridge Train Station.

Useful Information

Building Parking

  • The building does have its own dedicated parking.
  • Building Car Park View
    • The car park can be used by anybody.
    • 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 6 designated parking bay(s) within the car park.
    • The Blue Badge bay(s) is/are clearly marked.
    • The dimensions of the designated parking bay(s) are 400cm x 500cm (13ft 1in x 16ft 5in).
    • The dimensions of the designated bays do vary in size.
    • Parking spaces for Blue Badge holders do not need to be booked in advance.
    • The nearest designated bay is 25m (27yd 1ft) from the main entrance lift.
    • 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 slopes/ramps.
    • The car park surface is tarmac.
  • Site/Campus Car Parks View
    • There is not a site/campus car park within approximately 200m.
  • Public Car Parks View
    • There is not a car park for public use within 200m (approx).
  • On Street Parking View
    • Clearly signed and/or standard marked parking bays are not available.
  • Drop Off Point View
    • There is not a designated drop off point.

Outside Access (Main Entrance)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located at the front of the building.
    • There is step free access at this entrance, via lift.
    • There is a bell/buzzer.
    • There is not an intercom.
    • There is not a canopy or recess which provides weather protection at this entrance.
    • The main door(s) open(s) automatically (away from you).
    • The door(s) is/are push pad activated.
    • The door(s) is / are single.
    • The width of the door opening is 81cm (2ft 8in).
  • 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 9 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.
  • Lift View
    • There is a lift to access this entrance.
    • The lift does bypass the step(s).
  • Comments View
    • There is a large, heavy rotating door to the right of the surveyed door in the centre of the entrance.

Lift (Main Entrance Lift)

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located on the left of the main entrance.
  • The lift is a platform lift.
  • The platform lift accesses a small level change.
  • The weight limit for the lift is 300kg.
  • The lift is approximately 6m (6yd 1ft) from the main entrance.
  • Staff do not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The clear door width is 97cm (3ft 2in).
  • The dimensions of the lift are 104cm x 143cm (3ft 5in x 4ft 8in).
  • 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 not have a visual floor indicator.
  • The lift does not have an audible announcer.
  • The lift does not have a hearing enhancement 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.
  • Comments View
    • There is a bell for assistance, 107cm high, on the left of both the lower and upper lift entrances.

Opening Times (Main Reception)

  • Monday 09:00 - 19:00.
  • Tuesday 09:00 - 19:00.
  • Wednesday 09:00 - 19:00.
  • Thursday 09:00 - 19:00.
  • Friday 09:00 - 19:00.
  • Saturday 09:00 - 17:00.
  • Sunday Closed.

Reception (Main Reception)

  • The main reception is located ahead as you enter.
  • The desk is 6m (6yd 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 medium.
  • The reception desk/counter is high (110cm+).
  • There is not a low section of the counter (76cm or below) available.
  • 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.
  • Staff are not trained to use the hearing system.
  • Comments View
    • The barriers and turnstiles to enter and exit the library are located on the left and right of the reception desk. The turnstiles are 50cm wide and the barriers are 104cm wide which can be opened by the reception.

Level Change (Locker Room)

  • There is a/are step(s) to access this area/service.
  • The step(s) is/are located to the left as you enter, before the reception desk.
  • There is/are 6 step(s) to the area/service.
  • The lighting levels at the step(s) are moderate to good.
  • 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.
  • Comments View
    • This level change accesses the locker room only.
    • This locker room is used for storage of coats and large bags which may not be taken into the library and is shown in photographs 3 and 4.
    • Those who cannot access the locker room due to it not having step-free access are permitted to take their coats and bags into the library.

Outside Access (Milstein Exhibition Accessible Entrance)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located at the front right of the building.
    • There is ramped/sloped access at this entrance.
    • There is a bell/buzzer.
    • The height of the bell/buzzer is 95cm (3ft 1in).
    • There is not an intercom.
    • There is not 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 single (with a locked extension leaf).
    • The door(s) may be difficult to open.
    • The width of the door opening is 85cm (2ft 9in).
    • 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 in front of the entrance.
    • The ramp/slope gradient is slight.
  • Comments View
    • This door is kept locked and the bell must be used for access.

Entrance (Milstein Exhibition Centre)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located to the right as you enter the building from the main entrance, prior to the reception.
    • There is stepped access at this entrance.
    • There is not a bell/buzzer.
    • There is not an intercom.
    • The main door(s) open(s) towards you (pull).
    • The door(s) is / are double.
    • The door(s) is / are permanently held open (at the time of the survey).
    • The width of the door opening is 126cm (4ft 2in).
  • Step(s) View
    • There is a/are step(s) at this entrance.
    • The step(s) is / are located immediately beyond the entrance.
    • There is / are 6 step(s) to access the entrance.
    • The step(s) is / are clearly marked.
    • The step(s) is / are medium height (11cm - 17cm).
    • The steps do have handrails.
    • The handrails are on both sides going up.

Reception (Reader Registration)

  • Reader Registration is located off the Milstein Exhibition Room at the front right of the building.
  • The desk is 17m (18yd 1ft) from the Milstein Accessible 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 medium.
  • The reception desk/counter is medium height (77cm - 109cm).
  • There is not a low section of the counter (76cm or below) available.
  • The desk is not staffed.
  • There is not a bell to attract attention.
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.
  • Comments View
    • Within this room, an online registration can be filled out for registration to the library.
    • The registration office is adjacent to this room and is staffed.

Museum (Milstein Exhibition Centre)

  • Exhibits cannot be audio described.
  • Tactile signage for exhibits is not available.
  • The availability of tactile signage does not depend on exhibition.
  • Braille signage for exhibits is not available.
  • The availability of Braille signage does not depend on exhibition.
  • Touch tours are not available.
  • The availability of touch tours does not depend on exhibition.
  • Video tours are not available.
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.
  • There is not a wheelchair to borrow.

Accessible Toilet(s) (Milstein Exhibition Centre)

  • Location and Access View
    • This accessible toilet is located at the front right of the Milstein Exhibition.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 3m (3yd 10in) from the Milstein Exhibition accessible entrance.
    • There is step-free access to the accessible toilet.
    • This is a shared toilet.
    • A key is not required for the accessible toilet.
    • There is pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.
    • The contrast between the external door and wall is good.
    • The door opens outwards.
    • The door is heavy.
    • The door is locked by a twist lock.
    • The width of the accessible toilet opening is 84cm (2ft 9in).
    • The contrast between the internal door and wall is good.
    • The door has a horizontal grab rail.
    • The contrast between the horizontal grab rail and internal door is fair.
  • Toilet Features View
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 144cm x 187cm (4ft 9in x 6ft 2in).
    • The accessible toilet does not have an unobstructed minimum turning space of 150cm x 150cm.
    • The lighting levels are good.
    • There is a lateral transfer space.
    • As you face the toilet pan the transfer space is on the left.
    • The lateral transfer space is 87cm (2ft 10in).
    • The transfer space is obstructed by a female sanitary bin.
    • There is a flush, however it is not on the transfer side.
    • There is not a spatula type lever flush.
    • There is a lever flush.
    • There is a dropdown rail on the transfer side.
    • The contrast between the dropdown rail(s) and wall is fair.
    • There is a/are wall-mounted grab rail(s) available.
    • As you face the toilet the wall-mounted grab rail(s) is/are on both sides.
    • There is a vertical wall-mounted grab rail on the transfer side.
    • There is a horizontal wall-mounted grab rail on the opposite side of the seat to the transfer space.
    • The contrast between the wall-mounted grab rail(s) and wall is fair.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • There is not an emergency alarm.
    • There is not a red flashing fire alarm beacon within the toilet.
    • Disposal facilities are available in the toilet.
    • There is a/are female sanitary and general waste (with no lid) disposal units.
    • There is not a/are not coat hook(s).
  • Additional Fixtures View
    • There is a mirror.
    • The mirror is not placed at a lower level or at an angle for ease of use.
    • There is not a colostomy bag shelf next to the toilet.
    • The toilet has a backrest.
    • The height of the toilet seat above floor level is 45cm (1ft 6in).
    • The toilet seat colour contrast is poor.
    • 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).
    • The contrast between the toilet roll holder and the wall is good.
    • There is a wash basin.
    • The wash basin and tap(s) can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The wash basin is placed higher than 74cm (2ft 5in).
    • The height of the wash basin is 75cm (2ft 6in).
    • There is a vertical wall-mounted grab rail on the left hand side of the wash basin.
    • The contrast between the wash basin wall-mounted grab rail(s) and wall is fair.
    • The wash basin tap type is push.
    • There is a wall fixed soap dispenser.
    • The soap dispenser can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The height of the soap dispenser is 87cm.
    • There is a towel dispenser.
    • The towel dispenser cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The towel dispenser is placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • The height of the towel dispenser is 113cm (3ft 8in).
    • The contrast between the towel dispenser and the wall is fair.
    • There is a hand dryer.
    • The hand dryer is not placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • The contrast between the hand dryer and the wall is fair.
  • Baby Changing Facilities View
    • Baby changing facilities are located within the accessible toilet.
    • There is a flip down baby change table available.
    • The height of the baby change table is 92cm.

Other Floors

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are G, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6.
    • The stairs are located on either side of the reception desk.
    • The stairs are approximately 12m from the main entrance.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • The lighting levels are medium.
    • The steps are not 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 staircases throughout the building.

Lift (Reception Lift)

  • There is not a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located to the right beyond the reception desk.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are G, 1, 4 and 6.
  • Wall mounted information boards are not provided at lift landings.
  • The weight limit for the lift is 525kg.
  • The lift is approximately 12m (13yd 4in) from the main entrance.
  • Staff do need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The clear door width is 73cm (2ft 5in).
  • The dimensions of the lift are 104cm x 125cm (3ft 5in x 4ft 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 not have an audible announcer.
  • The lift does not have a hearing enhancement system.
  • The lift does not have Braille markings.
  • The lift does have tactile markings.
  • The controls for the lift are not within 90cm - 120cm from the floor.
  • The controls within the lift are within 120cm and 160cm.
  • The lighting level in the lift is moderate to good.
  • Comments View
    • The lift additionally accesses staff only areas on floors LG and 7 to 15.
    • On request, it can also be used to access public areas on the first floor.
    • When ready to descend, there is a bell which looks like a light switch located next to the lift on the first floor to call a staff member to assist.

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 large text keyboard, large rollerball mouse, height adjustable table and height adjustable chair is / are available.
  • Other computer auxiliary aids include angled keyboards.
  • Equipment available for people with a visual impairment includes screen magnifiers and text identifiers.
  • Comments View
    • The time to process an order via the ordering service may vary dramatically.
    • The majority of the accessibility equipment is kept in the assistive technology room at the rear left of the building off the south corridor on the first floor. This room has a push pad operated door 84cm wide.
    • The width of the bookshelves on floors 1-6 mean that there is insufficient space for wheelchairs to manoeuvre.
    • Library users can request for books to be fetched at any of the reception desks in the library, although they may have to wait long periods for assistance.

Entrance (Reading Room)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located at the rear centre of the building on the first floor.
    • 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) away from you (push).
    • The door(s) is / are single.
    • The door(s) is / are permanently held open (at the time of the survey).
    • The width of the door opening is 70cm (2ft 4in).
  • Comments View
    • There is a large set of double doors between the two adjacent entrance doors which are permanently held open, with a width of 140cm.
    • This entrance leads to the Reading and West Rooms.

Reception (Reading Room)

  • The reading room reception is located directly beyond the Reading Room entrance.
  • The desk is 3m (3yd 10in) from the Reading Room 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 medium.
  • The reception desk/counter is medium height (77cm - 109cm).
  • There is not a low section of the counter (76cm or below) available.
  • 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 not trained to use the hearing system.

Reception (West Room)

  • The West Room reception is located beyond the Reading Room.
  • The desk is 19m (20yd 2ft) from the Reading Room 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 medium.
  • 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/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.
  • Staff are not trained to use the hearing system.

Entrance (Map Room)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located at the front right of the building beyond the north wing.
    • 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) away from you (push).
    • The door(s) is / are single (with a locked extension leaf).
    • The door(s) is / are permanently held open (at the time of the survey).
    • The width of the door opening is 80cm (2ft 7in).

Reception (Map Room)

  • The Map Room reception is located to the left beyond the Map Room entrance.
  • The desk is 2m (2yd 7in) from the Map Room 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 medium.
  • The reception desk/counter is high (110cm+).
  • There is a low section of the counter (76cm or below) available.
  • There is a clear knee recess beneath the low/lowered counter.
  • The desk is staffed.
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.
  • Comments View
    • There is an access gate which opens both ways and is 100cm wide.
    • This gate is shown in photograph 3 and is operated by the reception.
    • The map room is shown in photograph 4.

Entrance (Munby Rare Books Room)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located at the rear right of the building on the first floor.
    • 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) towards you (pull).
    • The door(s) is / are double.
    • The door(s) is / are heavy.
    • The width of the door opening is 144cm (4ft 9in).

Reception (Munby Rare Books Room)

  • The Munby Rare Books Room reception is located directly beyond the Munby Rare Books Room entrance.
  • The desk is 2m (2yd 7in) from the Munby Rare Books Room 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 medium.
  • The reception desk/counter is high (110cm+).
  • There is not a low section of the counter (76cm or below) available.
  • 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 not trained to use the hearing system.
  • Comments View
    • There are security gates 75cm wide next to the reception desk as you enter.
    • The hearing loop covers the main central area of the reception desk.
    • The Munby Rare Books Room is shown in photograph 4.

Eating and Drinking (The Tea Room)

  • Location and Access View
    • The following information is for the refectory.
    • The refectory is located at the front right of the building.
    • There is step-free access to the refectory.
    • For access there is a single manual door which is permanently held open.
  • Service and Menus View
    • Tables cannot be booked in advance.
    • There is a counter where food and drink can be ordered.
    • Staff can bring food and/or drinks to tables.
    • Menu types include; menu boards.
    • Menus are clearly written.
    • Menus are presented in contrasting colours.
    • Staff can read menus to customers if requested.
    • The type of food served here is hot and cold meals and snacks.
    • Plastic/takeaway cups are available.
    • Adapted cups are not available.
    • Adapted cutlery is not available.
    • Drinking straws are not available.
    • This area does not play background music.
    • There is a hearing assistance system.
    • The system is a fixed loop.
    • The hearing assistance system is located The hearing loop covers the tills.
    • The hearing assistance system is not signed.
    • Staff are trained to use the hearing assistance system.
  • Service Counter(s) View
    • The height of the counter is 88cm.
    • The height of the tray counter/rail is 85cm.
    • There is a moveable card machine available for payment.
  • Self-Service Counter(s) View
    • The height of the counter is 73cm.
    • The drinks self service counter is 88cm high.
  • Tables and Seating View
    • There is ample room for a wheelchair user to manoeuvre.
    • The majority of tables are accessible to wheelchair users.
    • The standard height for the underside of dining tables is 73cm.
    • There are also high tables, long tables and high stools.
    • The surface height of the highest table is 101cm.
    • Some tables are permanently fixed.
    • No chairs are permanently fixed.
    • No chairs have armrests on both sides.
    • The type of flooring in this area is wood and laminate.
    • The lighting levels are good.

Lift (North Front Lift)

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located at the north front of the building on the first floor.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6.
  • Wall mounted information boards are not provided at lift landings.
  • The weight limit for the lift is 375kg.
  • The lift is approximately 21m (22yd 2ft) from the reception lift.
  • Staff do not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The clear door width is 75cm (2ft 6in).
  • The dimensions of the lift are 86cm x 120cm (2ft 10in x 3ft 11in).
  • 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 have an audible announcer.
  • The lift has a hearing enhancement system.
  • The lift does not have Braille markings.
  • The lift does have tactile markings.
  • The controls for the lift are not within 90cm - 120cm from the floor.
  • The lift controls are within 110 to 120cm from the floor.
  • The lighting level in the lift is medium.
  • Comments View
    • There is a similar lift at the south front of the building, to the left as you exit the reception lift (shown in photographs 3 and 4).

Lift (Front North Wing)

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located at the front of the north wing, to the right as you exit the reception lift on the first floor.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are G, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6.
  • Wall mounted information boards are provided at lift landings.
  • The weight limit for the lift is 375kg.
  • The lift is approximately 45m (49yd 8in) from the reception lift.
  • Staff do not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The clear door width is 74cm (2ft 5in).
  • The dimensions of the lift are 85cm x 130cm (2ft 9in x 4ft 3in).
  • 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 have an audible announcer.
  • The lift has a hearing enhancement system.
  • The lift does not have Braille markings.
  • The lift does have tactile markings.
  • The controls for the lift are not within 90cm - 120cm from the floor.
  • The controls are between 110cm and 130cm high.
  • The lighting level in the lift is medium.
  • Comments View
    • There is a similar lift at the front of the south wing (shown in photographs 3 and 4).

Lift (Rear North Wing)

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located at the rear of the north wing.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are G, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6.
  • Wall mounted information boards are not provided at lift landings.
  • The weight limit for the lift is 375kg.
  • The lift is approximately 83m (90yd 2ft) from the reception lift.
  • Staff do not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The clear door width is 73cm (2ft 5in).
  • The dimensions of the lift are 86cm x 120cm (2ft 10in x 3ft 11in).
  • 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 have an audible announcer.
  • The lift has a hearing enhancement 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 low.
  • Comments View
    • There is a similar lift at the rear of the south wing (shown in photographs 3 and 4) which access the staff areas on the ground, first and second floors and common areas on floors 3, 4, 5 and 6.

Lift (West Room North Lift)

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located on the north side of the west wing at the rear right of the first floor.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are G, 1, 2, 3 and 4.
  • Wall mounted information boards are not provided at lift landings.
  • The weight limit for the lift is 1250kg.
  • The lift is approximately 97m (106yd 3in) from the reception lift.
  • Staff do not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The clear door width is 120cm (3ft 11in).
  • The dimensions of the lift are 188cm x 142cm (6ft 2in x 4ft 8in).
  • 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 has a hearing enhancement 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.
  • Comments View
    • There is a similar lift on the south side of the west room (shown in photographs 3 and 4) at the rear left of the building.

Entrance (Manuscripts Room)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located at the rear right of the building on the third floor.
    • There is step free access at this entrance, via lift.
    • There is not a bell/buzzer.
    • There is not an intercom.
    • 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 142cm (4ft 8in).

Reception (Manuscripts Room)

  • The Manuscripts Room reception is located directly beyond the Manuscripts Room entrance.
  • The desk is 2m (2yd 7in) from the Manuscripts Room 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 medium.
  • The reception desk/counter is medium height (77cm - 109cm).
  • There is not a low section of the counter (76cm or below) available.
  • The desk is staffed.
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.
  • Comments View
    • There are entrance barriers to access the room, 75cm wide, located to the right of the reception desk as you enter.
    • The Manuscripts Room is shown in photograph 4.

Location of Toilet/Changing Facilities

  • Accessible toilet facilities are located at the front right of the Milstein Exhibition, on the first floor ahead as you exit the reception lift, at the rear right of the building near the Munby Rare Book Room. There are accessible toilets in the rear left corner of the building near the Digital Initiatives and Strategy Room and at the rear right of the third floor.
  • Female and male standard toilet facilities are located throughout the building on all floors.

Accessible Toilet(s) (Front Accessible Toilet)

  • Location and Access View
    • This accessible toilet is located on the first floor ahead as you exit the reception lift.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 7m (7yd 1ft) from the reception lift.
    • There is step-free access to the accessible toilet, via lift.
    • This is a shared toilet.
    • A key is not required for the accessible toilet.
    • There is no signage on or near the toilet door.
    • The contrast between the external door and wall is good.
    • The door opens outwards.
    • The door is heavy.
    • The door is locked by a locking handle.
    • The width of the accessible toilet opening is 84cm (2ft 9in).
    • The contrast between the internal door and wall is good.
    • The door has a horizontal grab rail.
    • The contrast between the horizontal grab rail and internal door is poor.
  • Toilet Features View
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 275cm x 340cm (9ft x 11ft 2in).
    • The accessible toilet does have an unobstructed minimum turning space of 150cm x 150cm.
    • The lighting levels are moderate to good.
    • There is a lateral transfer space.
    • As you face the toilet pan the transfer space is on the left.
    • The lateral transfer space is 208cm (6ft 10in).
    • There is a flush, however it is not on the transfer side.
    • There is a spatula type lever flush.
    • There is a dropdown rail on the transfer side.
    • The contrast between the dropdown rail(s) and wall is good.
    • There is a/are wall-mounted grab rail(s) available.
    • As you face the toilet the wall-mounted grab rail(s) is/are on both sides.
    • There is not a vertical wall-mounted grab rail on the transfer side.
    • There is a horizontal wall-mounted grab rail on the opposite side of the seat to the transfer space.
    • The contrast between the wall-mounted grab rail(s) and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • There is an emergency alarm.
    • The emergency pull cord alarm is fully functional.
    • There is not a red flashing fire alarm beacon within the toilet.
    • Disposal facilities are available in the toilet.
    • There is a/are female sanitary, nappy/incontinence items bin and general waste (with no lid) disposal units.
    • There is not a/are not coat hook(s).
  • Additional Fixtures View
    • There is a mirror.
    • The mirror is placed at a lower level or at an angle for ease of use.
    • There is not a colostomy bag shelf next to the toilet.
    • The toilet has a cistern.
    • The height of the toilet seat above floor level is 47cm (1ft 7in).
    • The toilet seat colour contrast is good.
    • 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).
    • The contrast between the toilet roll holder and the wall is poor.
    • There is a wash basin.
    • The wash basin and tap(s) can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The wash basin is not placed higher than 74cm (2ft 5in).
    • There is a vertical wall-mounted grab rail on the left hand side of the wash basin.
    • The contrast between the wash basin wall-mounted grab rail(s) and wall is good.
    • The wash basin tap type is lever mixer.
    • There is a wall fixed soap dispenser.
    • The soap dispenser cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The height of the soap dispenser is 92cm.
    • There is not a towel dispenser.
    • There is a hand dryer.
    • The hand dryer is not placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • The contrast between the hand dryer and the wall is poor.
  • Baby Changing Facilities View
    • Baby changing facilities are located within the accessible toilet.
    • There is a flip down baby change table available.
    • The height of the baby change table is 82cm.

Accessible Toilet(s) (North Side Rear)

  • Location and Access View
    • This accessible toilet is located at the rear right of the building near the Munby Rare Book Room.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 2m (2yd 7in) from the Munby Rare Book Room.
    • There is step-free access to the accessible toilet, via lift.
    • This is a shared toilet.
    • A key is not required for the accessible toilet.
    • There is tactile and pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.
    • The contrast between the external door and wall is good.
    • The door opens outwards.
    • The door is heavy.
    • The door is locked by a twist lock.
    • The width of the accessible toilet opening is 82cm (2ft 8in).
    • The contrast between the internal door and wall is good.
    • The door does not have a horizontal grab rail.
  • Toilet Features View
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 163cm x 228cm (5ft 4in x 7ft 6in).
    • The accessible toilet does have an unobstructed minimum turning space of 150cm x 150cm.
    • The lighting levels are moderate to good.
    • There is a lateral transfer space.
    • As you face the toilet pan the transfer space is on the right.
    • The lateral transfer space is 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • The transfer space is obstructed by a female sanitary bin and a waste disposal bin.
    • There is a flush on the transfer side.
    • There is not a spatula type lever flush.
    • There is a lever flush.
    • There is a dropdown rail on the transfer side.
    • The contrast between the dropdown rail(s) and wall is good.
    • There is a/are wall-mounted grab rail(s) available.
    • As you face the toilet the wall-mounted grab rail(s) is/are on both sides.
    • There is a vertical wall-mounted grab rail on the transfer side.
    • There is a horizontal wall-mounted grab rail on the opposite side of the seat to the transfer space.
    • The contrast between the wall-mounted grab rail(s) and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • There is an emergency alarm.
    • The emergency pull cord alarm is fully functional.
    • There is not a red flashing fire alarm beacon within the toilet.
    • Disposal facilities are available in the toilet.
    • There is a/are female sanitary and general waste (with lid) disposal units.
    • There is a/are coat hook(s).
    • There are coat hooks in the toilet at 110cm and 140cm from the floor.
  • Additional Fixtures View
    • There is a mirror.
    • The mirror is placed at a lower level or at an angle for ease of use.
    • There is a colostomy bag shelf next to the toilet.
    • The colostomy bag shelf is at a height of 82cm.
    • There is a lid attached to the toilet seat.
    • The height of the toilet seat above floor level is 44cm (1ft 5in).
    • The toilet seat colour contrast is poor.
    • 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).
    • The contrast between the toilet roll holder and the wall is good.
    • There is a wash basin.
    • The wash basin and tap(s) can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The wash basin is not placed higher than 74cm (2ft 5in).
    • There is a vertical wall-mounted grab rail on the right hand side of the wash basin.
    • The contrast between the wash basin wall-mounted grab rail(s) and wall is good.
    • The wash basin tap type is sensor.
    • There is a wall fixed soap dispenser.
    • The soap dispenser can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The height of the soap dispenser is 88cm.
    • There is not a towel dispenser.
    • There is a hand dryer.
    • The hand dryer is not placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • The contrast between the hand dryer and the wall is good.
  • Comments View
    • There are similar accessible toilets in the rear left corner of the building near the Digital Initiatives and Strategy Room, shown in photograph 2.
    • There is a similar accessible toilet in the same location the third floor, shown in photograph 4.

Standard Toilet(s)

  • Toilet Facilities View
    • The male toilet is located on the first floor to the left as you exit the reception lift before the south wing.
    • There is step-free access to the toilet(s), via lift.
    • The standard toilet(s) is/are approximately 21m from the reception lift.
    • The colour contrast between the external toilet door(s) and wall(s) is good.
    • There is pictorial and written text signage on or near the toilet door.
    • It was not possible to access the female toilet.
    • An ambulant toilet cubicle is not available.
    • The height of the wash basin(s) is 80cm.
    • The wash basin(s) tap type is sensor.
    • Lighting levels are moderate to good.
    • The female standard toilets are in a similar location on the north wing.