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St Mary's Road Site, St Mary's Road, Ealing, W5 5RF

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Introduction

Opening Times (Term Time)

  • The venue is open 24hrs.
  • Comments View
    • Staff are available in the library 09:00 - 20:30 Monday - Thursday, 09:00 - 18:00 on Fridays and 10:00 - 16:00 at weekends.

Opening Times (Summer Vacation Opening Times)

  • Monday 08:00 - 21:30.
  • Tuesday 08:00 - 21:30.
  • Wednesday 08:00 - 21:30.
  • Thursday 08:00 - 21:30.
  • Friday 08:00 - 21:30.
  • Saturday 08:00 - 18:00.
  • Sunday 08:00 - 18:00.
  • Comments View
    • Staff are available within the library 09:00 - 17:00 Monday - Friday, and 11:00 - 16:00 at weekends.

Getting Here

  • By Road View
    • The St Mary's Campus is located off St Mary's Road (B455), which can be accessed off the M4/A4, and also the North Circular, via the Uxbridge Road (A4020).
    • Car parking spaces for visitors with Blue Badges can be made available in The Park Car Park, if requested in advance, and there is also a Blue Badge bay located outside Pillars Restaurant. Otherwise use a nearby public car park, such as Ealing Broadway Shopping Centre.
  • By Bus View
    • Bus route 65 has stops on St Mary's Road close to the campus. The University also operates a free shuttle bus between Ealing Broadway Station, the St Mary's Road campus, South Ealing Station, and on to the Student Village and the Brentford site.
  • By Train View
    • The nearest railway station is Ealing Broadway, which is on the London Paddington to Reading line.
  • By Underground View
    • The nearest tube station is South Ealing, on the Piccadilly Line. Ealing Broadway station is also served by the Central and District lines.
  • Useful Links View

Useful Information

Reception

  • Library Reception is located to the left as you enter the Heart Building from The Park entrance.
  • The desk is 20m (21yd 2ft) from the The Park 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 a low section of the counter (76cm or below) available.
  • There is a clear knee recess beneath the low counter.
  • The desk is staffed.
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.
  • Opening Times View
    • Monday 09:00 - 17:00.
    • Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00.
    • Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00.
    • Thursday 09:00 - 17:00.
    • Friday 09:00 - 17:00.
    • Saturday 11:00 - 16:00.
    • Sunday 11:00 - 16:00.

Entrance (Library Entrance)

Other Floors (Library Stairs)

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are G-1-2-3-4.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • There are manual, heavy, double doors to access the stairwell on all floors.
    • The lighting levels are bright.
    • The steps are medium (11cm - 17cm).
    • The steps do have handrails.
    • The steps have a handrail on both sides.
    • There is a landing.

Lift (Library)

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located in the library stairwell.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are G-1-2-3-4.
  • Wall mounted information boards are provided at lift landings.
  • There are manual, heavy, single doors to enter and exit the lift lobby from the first floor upwards.
  • Staff do not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The clear door width is 102cm (3ft 4in).
  • The dimensions of the lift are 195cm x 166cm (6ft 5in 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 not have an audible announcer.
  • 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
    • The lift and stairs are accessed by double heavy doors on the ground floor.

Getting Around

  • Access View
    • There is an easy slope, with no handrails, for access to the front of the first floor from the library lift and stairs.
    • The ramp is located immediately to the left as you exit the library lift and stairs (as seen in photograph 1). There is an identical ramp on the second and third floors (photograph 3). There are also easy ramps on the other side of the library lift and stairs on floors 2, 3 and 4 (photograph 4).
    • There is/are 3 clearly marked step(s), with handrails on both sides, for access to the rear of the library on the second floor, including library meeting rooms 1 and 2 (photograph 5).
    • The step(s) is/are medium (11cm - 17cm).
    • There is a platform lift which overcomes the steps.
    • There are two sets of steps leading to this area - one by the library lift and stairs, and one at the front of the library, which has four deep steps (photograph 6). The platform lift is located by the stairs at the front.
    • There is/are 7 clearly marked step(s), with handrails on both sides, for access to the rear of the third floor, via the Peter John lift, stairs and toilets (photograph 7).
    • The step(s) is/are deep (18cm+).
    • There is a platform lift which overcomes the steps.
    • There are doors in corridors which have to be opened manually.
  • Getting Around View
    • There is clear signage for building facilities/areas in the foyer/reception area.
    • There is written 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 varied.
    • This building does not play background music.
    • There is not a hearing assistance system.
  • Comments View
    • There are book return machines in the reception area. There are book return and renewal machines located in the foyer, just inside the library entrance.
    • These are mostly accessible, however part of the touch screen is over 120cm in height (shown in photograph 8).
    • There are similar machines located on all other floors (photograph 9).
    • There are two book return machines in the rear of the foyer, 92cm in height (photograph 10).
    • There are also library catalogue terminals located in this area on a high desk (photograph 11).
    • There is also fixed seating with power sockets (photograph 12).

Lift (Second Floor Platform Lift)

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located on the second floor, at the very front of the library.
  • The lift is a platform lift.
  • The platform lift accesses a small level change.
  • The lift is approximately 20m (21yd 2ft) from the library lift.
  • Staff do not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The clear door width is 80cm (2ft 7in).
  • The lift door is manual, heavy and opens outwards.
  • The dimensions of the lift are 80cm x 145cm (2ft 7in x 4ft 9in).
  • There are separate entry and exit doors in the lift.
  • 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 bright.
  • Comments View
    • This lift gives access from the front part of the library to the Peter John Building toilets, stairs and lift.
    • The rear of the library can be accessed by an easy ramp, identical to that on the first floor.

Lift (Third Floor Platform Lift)

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located at the front of the third floor, by the internal stairs.
  • The lift is a platform lift.
  • The platform lift accesses a small level change.
  • The lift is approximately 20m (21yd 2ft) from the library lift.
  • Staff do not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The clear door width is 80cm (2ft 7in).
  • The lift door is manual, heavy and opens outwards.
  • The dimensions of the lift are 90cm x 138cm (2ft 11in x 4ft 6in).
  • There are separate entry and exit doors in the lift.
  • 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.
  • Comments View
    • This lift gives access from the front part of the library to the Peter John Building toilets, stairs and lift.
    • The rear of the library can be accessed by an easy ramp, identical to that on the first floor.

Level Change (Peter John First Floor)

  • There is a ramp/slope to access this area/service.
  • The ramp/slope is located leading from the back of the first floor to the Peter John lift, stairs and toilets.
  • The ramp/slope is easy.
  • The ramp/slope is permanent.
  • The ramp does not have handrails.
  • Comments View
    • There are identical ramps in the same location on the second and third floors.

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.
  • Equipment available for people with a visual impairment includes a document magnifier on first floor (photograph 4).
  • Comments View
    • There is a room on the first floor containing the auxiliary aids and assistive software (photograph 4).
    • The assistive software available is Jaws, Dolphin and Supernova.
    • There are also cubicles on the second and third floor containing computers with assistive software and large text keyboards.
    • There are Information Points located throughout the library (photograph 5) which contain terminals on a medium height desk.
    • These are not staffed, however there are staff located throughout the library who are able to offer assistance.
    • There are personal lockers and laptop charging lockers located throughout the library (photograph 6).

Teaching/Seminar Room(s) (Dr Cheng Chan Moot Room PE.01.006)

  • 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 not a hearing assistance system for the room(s).
  • There is not a visual fire alarm beacon in the room(s).
  • There is 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 76cm.
  • 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.
  • Comments View
    • The bench (to the left as you enter the room) is accessed by one medium unmarked step.
    • This is shown in photograph 3.

Fourth Floor

  • The Graduate School and the Academic Quality Office are located on the fourth floor.
  • Access to these from the library lift and stairs requires swipe card access (only granted to staff and PHD students).
  • Visitors can use the telephone next to the locked doors to gain access.
  • This is 135-143cm in height.

Accessible Toilet.

  • There are accessible toilets available on all floors by the Peter John Building lift and stairs.
  • Please see the separate guide for the Peter John Building for more details.

Standard Toilet(s)

  • There are standard toilets available on all floors by the Peter John Building lift and stairs.
  • Please see the separate guide for the Peter John Building for more details.