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Barking Library

Barking Learning Centre, 2 Town Square, Barking, Essex, IG11 7NB

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Introduction

  • Comments
    • Barking Library is located in Barking Learning Centre.

Opening Times

  • Monday 09:00 - 21:30.
  • Tuesday 09:00 - 21:30.
  • Wednesday 09:00 - 21:30.
  • Thursday 09:00 - 21:30.
  • Friday 09:00 - 17:00.
  • Saturday 09:00 - 17:00.
  • Sunday 10:00 - 16:00.

Location

  • The venue is in a pedestrian area.
  • There is a bus stop within 150m (164yds) of the venue.
  • The nearest National Rail station is Barking.
  • The nearest underground station is Upney.

Parking

  • The venue does not have its own car park.
  • There is a car park for public use within 200m (approx).
  • The name of the car park is Vicarage Filed Shopping Centre Car Park.
  • The car park is located off Ripple Road.
  • On street marked Blue Badge bays are available.
  • The dimensions of the marked Blue Badge bays are 360cm x 590cm (11ft 10in x 19ft 4in).
  • On street Blue Badge parking is located off Bobby Moore Way.
  • Clearly signed and / or standard marked parking bays are available.
  • Standard marked parking bays are located on Clockhouse Avenue.
  • There is not a designated drop off point.

Outside Access (Main Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located at the front of the building, in the corner of the square to the right of Relish Cafe.
  • There is level access into the venue.
  • The main door(s) open(s) automatically.
  • The door(s) is / are single.
  • The width of the door opening is 82cm (2ft 8in).
  • There is a second set of doors.
  • The door(s) open(s) automatically.
  • The automatic doors are push pad activated.
  • The door(s) is / are single.
  • The width of the door opening is 82cm (2ft 8in).
  • Comments
    • To the right of the main entrance is a single door signed 'Accessible Entrance' This door is automatic and opens outwards to give a clear opening of 100cm. It is operated by push pad 110cm high to enter and exit.
    • This entrance has a slight ramp in front without a level landing.

Reception (Ground Floor)

  • The desk/counter is 15m (16yd 1ft) from the Barking Learning Centre main entrance.
  • There is level access to the desk/counter from the entrance.
  • The desk/counter is high (110cm+).
  • The desk/counter has a low (76cm or lower) section.
  • The lighting levels are medium.
  • There is a hearing assistance system.
  • The type of system is a portable loop.
  • Staff are trained to use the system.
  • Comments
    • This reception desk provides information on all council services as well as the library.
    • This desk is due to be replaced with a system of information points and staff with hand-held tablet computers in late 2018.

Inside Access

  • There is level access to the service(s).
  • There is a hearing assistance system.
  • The hearing assistance system is available only on request.
  • The system is a portable loop.
  • Staff are trained to use the system.
  • This venue does not play background music.
  • Motorised scooters are allowed in public parts of the venue.
  • The lighting levels are varied.
  • Comments
    • Photographs 1 and 2 show the children's library area on the ground floor.
    • There is level access with automatic sliding doors operated by push pad from this area to a partly sheltered garden.
    • The garden has artificial grass and chid-size seating.
    • Photographs 5 and 6 show the adult library on the first floor.

Library

  • This library does not have a regular supply of books in Braille.
  • This library does have a regular supply of books in large print.
  • This library does 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 and height adjustable table is / are available.
  • Equipment available for people with a visual impairment includes hand held magnifiers.
  • Comments
    • Photographs 1 - 4 show the children's library.
    • The adult library is seen in photographs 5 - 8.

Other Floors

  • The floors which are accessible by stairs are G and 1.
  • There are 15+ steps between floors.
  • 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.
  • The lighting levels are bright.

Lift

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located to the right of the foyer after the main entrance.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are G and 1.
  • The lift is approximately 15m (16yd 1ft) from the main entrance.
  • Staff do not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The clear door width is 112cm (3ft 8in).
  • The dimensions of the lift are 140cm x 160cm (4ft 7in x 5ft 3in).
  • 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 controls for the lift are within 90cm - 120cm from the floor.
  • The lift does have Braille markings.
  • The lift does have tactile markings.
  • The lighting level in the lift is low.

Reception (First Floor - Library Main Reception)

  • The desk/counter is 10m (10yd 2ft) from the lift.
  • There is level access to the desk/counter from the entrance.
  • Level access to the desk/counter is via lift.
  • The desk/counter is medium height (77cm - 109cm).
  • The desk/counter does not have a low (76cm or lower) section.
  • The lighting levels are bright.
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.

Accessible Toilet (Ground Floor)

  • Accessible toilet facilities are available.
  • The toilet is not for the sole use of disabled people.
  • There is pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.
  • This accessible toilet is approximately 20m (21yd 2ft) from the main entrance.
  • This accessible toilet is located to the right after the main entrance, off the gallery space.
  • There is level access to this accessible toilet.
  • This is a unisex toilet.
  • A key is required for the accessible toilet.
  • The key is a radar key.
  • The key can be obtained from the main reception desk.
  • The door opens outwards.
  • The door is locked by a locking handle.
  • The width of the accessible toilet door is 92cm (3ft).
  • The door is heavy.
  • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 150cm x 210cm (4ft 11in x 6ft 11in).
  • There is not sufficient turning space in the cubicle for a wheelchair user.
  • There is a lateral transfer space.
  • As you face the toilet pan the transfer space is on the right.
  • The lateral transfer space is 82cm (2ft 8in).
  • 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 alarm.
  • 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 non-infectious waste and clinical waste disposal units.
  • There is a/are coat hook(s).
  • The coat hook is not within 120cm (3ft 11in) from floor level.
  • Wall mounted grab rails are available for the toilet.
  • As you face the toilet the wall-mounted grab rails are on the left.
  • 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 49cm (1ft 7in).
  • There is a hand dryer.
  • The hand dryer cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.
  • The hand dryer is not placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
  • 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).
  • The contrast between the external door and wall is fair.
  • The contrast between the internal door and wall is good.
  • The contrast between the wall-mounted grab rail(s) and wall is good.
  • The contrast between the dropdown rail(s) and wall is good.
  • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.
  • The lighting levels are poor.
  • Baby change facilities are located within the venue.
  • Baby change facilities are located in the accessible toilet.
  • The height of the baby change table once extended is 88cm (2ft 11in).
  • Comments
    • At the time of the survey (August 2018) the transfer space was blocked by the baby change table.

Accessible Toilet (First Floor)

  • Accessible toilet facilities are available.
  • 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 10m (10yd 2ft) from the lift.
  • This accessible toilet is located on the first floor, to the left as you exit the lift.
  • There is level access to this accessible toilet.
  • This is by lift.
  • This is a unisex toilet.
  • A key is required for the accessible toilet.
  • The key is a radar key.
  • The key can be obtained from the counter on the first floor.
  • The door opens outwards.
  • The door is locked by a locking handle.
  • The width of the accessible toilet door is 92cm (3ft).
  • The door is heavy.
  • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 150cm x 250cm (4ft 11in x 8ft 2in).
  • There is sufficient turning space in the cubicle for a wheelchair user.
  • There is a lateral transfer space.
  • As you face the toilet pan the transfer space is on the left.
  • The lateral transfer space is 84cm (2ft 9in).
  • There is a dropdown rail on the transfer side.
  • There is a flush, however it is not on the transfer side.
  • The tap type is lever.
  • There is a mixer tap.
  • There is an emergency alarm.
  • The emergency pull cord alarm is not fully functional.
  • The alarm did not sound when tested.
  • Disposal facilities are available in the cubicle.
  • There is a/are female sanitary and clinical waste disposal units.
  • There is a/are coat hook(s).
  • The coat hook is within 120cm (3ft 11in) from floor level.
  • Wall mounted grab rails are available for the toilet.
  • As you face the toilet the wall-mounted grab rails are on the right.
  • 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 49cm (1ft 7in).
  • 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 110cm (3ft 7in).
  • 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).
  • The contrast between the external door and wall is good.
  • The contrast between the internal door and wall is good.
  • The contrast between the wall-mounted grab rail(s) and wall is good.
  • The contrast between the dropdown rail(s) and wall is good.
  • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.
  • The lighting levels are medium.
  • Comments
    • At the time of the survey (August 2018) the alarm cord had been broken off near to ceiling level.

Standard Toilet(s) (Ground Floor)

Standard Toilet(s) (First Floor)

  • Availability and Location of Standard Toilets
    • Standard toilet facilities are available.
  • Access to Standard Female and Male Toilet(s)
    • The female and male toilet facilities that were surveyed are located on the first floor, off the corridor to the left as you exit the lift.
    • The female and male toilets are approximately 10m (10yd 2ft) from the lift.
    • Inside the venue, there is level access to the female and male toilets.
    • This is by lift.
    • Lighting levels are low.

Additional Info

  • Staff do receive disability awareness / equality training.
  • Documents can be requested in Braille.
  • Documents can be requested in large print.
  • A bowl of water can be provided for an assistance dog.
  • A member of staff trained in BSL skills is not normally on duty.