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Stocker Road, Exeter, Devon, EX4 4PT

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Introduction

  • Services / facilities within the building include library facilities and The Forum services.

Opening Times

  • This service is open 24 hours.

Getting Here

  • By Road View
    • From the M5 at Junction 29 take the A30 (East) towards Honiton/Exeter Airport. Keeping to the right hand lanes, follow the signs for A3015/Exeter Airport and after 1km, at the Moor Lane Roundabout, take the second exit onto Honiton Road. Follow Honiton Road (B3183) for 5km as the road becomes Heavitree Road. Following the signs for University of Exeter take the third exit at the Clocktower Roundabout and after 750m turn right at the traffic lights into the university grounds at Streatham Drive. Follow the signs on the site to Visitor's Car Park C.
    • Visitors may park Pay and Display in Visitors Car Park C or use a Visitor Permit. Staff and Students must park in other designated car parks.
  • By Bus View
    • The Streatham Campus is served by D route. The D bus route links Digby, St Lukes Campus, the city Centre and Streatham Campus. Bus stops on High Street in the City Centre serve the D bus route.
  • By Train View
    • Exeter St David's Station is 1km away and serves London, the West Country, Midlands and Scotland. Exeter Central Station is 1.5km away and serves Exmouth, Paignton and London. Exeter St Thomas Station is 3km away and serves stopping trains between Exeter St David's and Brixham.
  • Useful Links View

Useful Information

Outside Access (Accessible Entrance - Front)

  • This information is for the entrance located at the front of the building.
  • There is 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 220cm (7ft 3in).
  • Second set of doors View
    • There is a second set of doors.
    • The door(s) open(s) automatically.
    • The door(s) is / are single.
    • The width of the door opening is 100cm (3ft 3in).

Parking (Blue Badge Bays)

  • Parking is not free for all users.
  • Parking is free for Blue Badge holders.
  • The car park is at the back of the venue.
  • The car park type is open air/surface.
  • Parking spaces for Blue Badge holders do not need to be booked in advance.
  • There are 3 designated parking bay(s) within the car park.
  • The dimensions of the designated parking bay(s) are 6m x 4m (19ft 8in x 13ft 1in).
  • The nearest designated bay is 82m (90yd) from the rear entrance.
  • The furthest designated bay is 90m (98yd) from the rear 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 block paving.
  • There is a dropped kerb/non stepped access from the car park to 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.
  • The Blue Badge bays are located at the rear of The Forum building and are not located within a car park.

Parking (Visitors Car Park - C)

  • The venue does have its own car park.
  • Parking is not free for all users.
  • Parking is free for Blue Badge holders.
  • 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 10 Blue Badge parking bay(s) within the car park.
  • The dimensions of the Blue Badge parking bay(s) are 600cm x 400cm (19ft 8in x 13ft 1in).
  • 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.
  • There is a road to cross between the car park and the entrance.
  • The road is generally quiet.
  • The car park does not have a height restriction barrier.
  • Comments View
    • Within Car Park C, charges apply from 08:00 to 16:00 Monday to Friday.
    • There is no charge for parking during evenings and weekends.
    • Parking is £2.00 for up to 2 hours, £4.00 for up to 4 hours and £6.00 for all day.
    • Visitors can also pre-book parking at the University.
    • There is a drop off point within the car park.

Entrance Barriers

  • There are entrance barriers to Floor 0 off The Forum. There are 67cm wide and 95cm wide automatic barriers to enter and exit the library.

Reception (Library Welcome Desk)

  • The Library Welcome Desk is located inside the entrance barriers.
  • The desk is 4m (4yd 1ft) from the 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 bright.
  • 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 not a hearing assistance system.

Getting Around

  • Access View
    • There is step free access throughout the building via lift(s).
  • Getting Around View
    • There is clear signage for building facilities/areas in the foyer/reception area.
    • There is clearly written and pictorial directional signage at key points of circulation routes.
    • There is good colour contrast between the walls and floor in all areas.
    • The lighting levels are good.
    • This building does not play background music.
    • There is not a hearing assistance system.

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, height adjustable table and height adjustable chair is / are available.
  • Other computer auxiliary aids include scanner and magnifier.
  • Comments View
    • Books may be ordered; availability depends on the subject and storage of the text requested.
    • The vast majority of books available are digitised and can be read in any size or colour of font, or in audio or digital Braille.
    • Any specific need a student may have can be met.
    • On each floor there are AccessAbility rooms where aids are available (see separate section).

Quiet Space(s)

  • Directional and locational signage for the room(s) is available in upper and lower case lettering that is clearly visible.
  • The corridor outside the room(s) is sufficiently wide enough (150cm+) to allow wheelchair users to pass.
  • There is step free access into the room(s).
  • The door opening width(s) is/are 75cm+ for the room(s).
  • The door(s) for the room(s) is/are not push pad activated.
  • There is a visual fire alarm beacon in the room(s).
  • There is some fixed furniture within the room(s).
  • There is sufficient space for a wheelchair user to manoeuvre within the room(s).
  • The clear floor space beneath tables in the room(s) is 72cm.
  • A height adjustable table/bench is not available.
  • There is a/are chair(s) with armrests on both sides within the room(s).
  • Floor coverings in the room(s) are even with no trip hazards.

AccessAbility Rooms

  • There are four AccessAbility rooms in the Forum Library.
  • All the rooms have large key keyboards and height adjustable chairs with armrests.
  • The computers have a variety of software including Dragon Naturally Speaking Voice to Text Software, Jaws Screen Reading Software, TextHelp Read & Write Gold and Inspiration Mind Mapping Software.
  • There are two rooms on Floor -1 each of which has two workstations, Room 1 has a height adjustable desk.
  • The room on Floor 0 has three computers and four workstations with a height adjustable desk.
  • The room on Floor 1 has two workstations with a height adjustable desk. This room has also a magnifier, flat bed scanner, a Braille printer and Duxbury Braille Translator software.

Borrowing and Returning Books

  • All borrowing and returning of books is self-service.
  • The borrowing stations are 94cm high (photographs 1 and 2).
  • The Returns Drop Box slots are 120cm high (photographs 3 and 4).

Other Floors

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are -1, 0 and 1.
    • The stairs are located at the centre and the rear of the building.
    • The stairs are approximately 20m from the entrance.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • There are manual, light, double doors to access the stairwell on all floors.
    • The lighting levels are bright.
    • 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.
    • There is a similar staircase to the rear of the building. This can be seen in photographs 3 and 4.
  • Comments View
    • There are emergency refuge points on the lower and upper floors. The call buttons are 100cm from the floor and there is a hearing loop.

Lift

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located at the centre to the right of the library.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are -1, 0 and 1.
  • Wall mounted information boards are provided at lift landings.
  • The weight limit for the lift is 800kg.
  • The lift is approximately 25m (27yd 1ft) from the 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 140cm x 140cm (4ft 7in x 4ft 7in).
  • 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.

Accessible Toilet(s)

  • Location and Access View
    • This accessible toilet is located at the centre of the building to the left as you enter on each floor.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 11m (12yd 1in) from the entrance on the ground floor.
    • 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 light.
    • The door is locked by a lever twist.
    • The width of the accessible toilet opening is 81cm (2ft 8in).
    • 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 190cm x 210cm (6ft 3in x 6ft 11in).
    • The accessible toilet does 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 right.
    • The lateral transfer space is 140cm (4ft 7in).
    • 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 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 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 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 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 46cm (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 not placed higher than 74cm (2ft 5in).
    • There are vertical wall-mounted grab rails on both sides 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 118cm.
    • There is not a towel dispenser.
    • There is a hand dryer.
    • The hand dryer is not placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • The height of the hand dryer is 91cm (2ft 12in).
    • The contrast between the hand dryer and the wall is fair.
  • Comments View
    • The accessible toilet on Floor -1 is a similar size with similar fixtures but has a left hand transfer space and good contrast between the toilet seat and pan (photographs 4 and 5).

Standard Toilet(s)

  • Location of Standard Toilet(s) View
    • There are male and female standard toilets facilities on all floors.
  • Standard Toilet Surveyed View
    • A female standard toilet was surveyed.
    • The toilet surveyed is located to the centre of the building on each floor.
    • There is a male 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 15m from the entrance.
    • 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.
    • Lighting levels in the standard toilet surveyed are good.
  • Comments View
    • Photographs 1-4 show standard toilet facilities on floor -1
    • Photographs 5-7 show standard toilet facilities on floor 0.
    • Photographs 8-11 show standard toilet facilities on floor 1.