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Bexley Community Library

Bourne Road, Bexley, Kent, DA5 1LU

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Introduction

  • Services / facilities within the building include a general library, children's library, computer room and a cafe.
  • Comments View
    • Bexley Village Community Library is operated by charity Greener Bexley with support from Bexley Council.
    • The charity supports conservation and community facilities in the borough.
    • General use of the library is free.
    • There are additional benefits available to those paying an annual subscription.
    • The library also encourages recycling and accepts donations of old mobile phones, printer cartridges and personal computers.
    • These are refurbished or recycled to raise money for the charity.

Opening Times

  • Monday Closed.
  • Tuesday 11:30 - 16:30.
  • Wednesday 12:30 - 16:30.
  • Thursday 09:30 - 16:00.
  • Friday 12:00 - 17:00.
  • Saturday 09:30 - 14:00.
  • Sunday Closed.

Location

  • The venue is situated within the centre of the town.
  • This venue is situated in Bexley Village.
  • There is a bus stop within 150m (164yds) of the venue.
  • The nearest mainline station is Bexley.

Parking

  • The venue does not have its own car park.
  • Public Car Parks View
    • There is a car park for public use within 200m (approx).
    • The name of the car park is Thanet Road.
    • The car park is located off Thanet Road.
  • On Street Parking and Drop-off Details View
    • On street marked Blue Badge bays are not available.
    • Clearly signed and / or standard marked parking bays are available.
    • Standard marked parking bays are located on Thanet Road.
    • There is not a designated drop off point.
  • Comments View
    • The on-street parking bays are limited to 1 hour.

Outside Access (Main Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located at the front of the building, on Bourne Road.
  • There is not level access into the venue.
  • The main doors open away from you (push).
  • The doors are single width.
  • The doors are heavy.
  • The door opening is 87cm (2ft 10in) wide.

Level Change (Main Entrance)

  • There is a ramp or slope to access this service.
  • The ramp or slope is located in front of the entrance.
  • The ramp or slope is moderate.
  • The ramp or slope is permanent.
  • There is a level landing at the top of the ramp.
  • The ramp does have handrails.
  • The handrails are on both sides.
  • The width of the ramp or slope is 145cm (4ft 9in).
  • There are steps to access this area / service.
  • The steps are located to the left of the entrance.
  • There is / are 2 step(s) to the area / service.
  • The steps are not clearly marked.
  • The steps are medium.
  • The steps do have handrails.
  • The handrails are on both sides.
  • The ramp or slope does bypass the steps.

Outside Access (Rear Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located on Albert Road.
  • There is not level access into the venue.
  • The main doors open away from you (push).
  • The doors are single width.
  • The doors are light.
  • The door opening is 62cm (2ft) wide.
  • Comments View
    • From the pavement there is an entrance gate 86cm wide.
    • The gate is permanently held open.
    • The rear entrance opens directly into the computer room.

Level Change (Rear Entrance)

  • There is a ramp or slope to access this service.
  • The ramp or slope is located from the gate up to the entrance.
  • The ramp or slope is moderate.
  • The ramp or slope is permanent.
  • There is a level landing at the top of the ramp.
  • The ramp does have handrails.
  • The handrails are on the right going up.
  • The width of the ramp or slope is 115cm (3ft 9in).

Reception

  • The desk is 3m (3yd 10in) from the main entrance.
  • There is level access to reception from the entrance.
  • The reception desk is medium height.
  • The desk does not have a lowered section.
  • The lighting levels are bright.
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.

Inside Access

  • There is level access to the service.
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.
  • This venue does not play background music.
  • Motorised scooters are allowed in public parts of the venue.
  • The lighting levels are bright.

Level Change (Computer Area)

  • There are steps to access this area / service.
  • The steps are located leading up into the computer area.
  • There is / are 3 step(s) to the area / service.
  • The lighting levels at the steps are medium.
  • The steps are not clearly marked.
  • The steps are medium.
  • The steps do not have handrails.
  • There is a standard and / or platform lift to access this service.
  • The lift does bypass the steps.

Lift

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located at the entrance to the computer area.
  • The lift is a platform lift.
  • The platform lift accesses a small level change.
  • The lift is 12m (13yd 4in) from the main entrance.
  • Staff do need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The clear door width is 89cm (2ft 11in).
  • The dimensions of the lift are 98cm x 90cm (3ft 3in x 2ft 11in).
  • There are separate entry and exit doors in the lift.
  • The controls for the lift are within reach for a wheelchair user.
  • The lift does not have Braille markings.
  • The lift does not have tactile markings.
  • The lighting level in the lift is medium.

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 not have a regular supply of books on tape or disc.
  • There is an ordering service.
  • It takes approximately 7 days to process an order.
  • The library does not have computers with accessible software.
  • Equipment available for people with a visual impairment includes magnifier.
  • Comments View
    • Some of the library stock is on shelving which has 68cm space between units.
    • The units are moveable and staff are available for assistance.
    • Most of the computers are in the computer room on the upper level at the rear of the building.
    • There are additional computers withing the children's area of the library.

Eating and Drinking (Café)

  • Food or drinks are ordered from the service counter.
  • Food or drinks can be brought to the table.
  • There is not a lowered section at the counter.
  • No tables are permanently fixed.
  • No chairs are permanently fixed.
  • No chairs have armrests.
  • The nearest table is 3m (3yd 10in) from the main entrance.
  • The distance between the floor and the lowest table is 67cm (2ft 2in).
  • The distance between the floor and the highest table is 67cm (2ft 2in).
  • There is ample room for a wheelchair user to manoeuvre.
  • Plastic cups are available.
  • Drinking straws are available on request.
  • Menus are wall only.
  • Picture menus are available.
  • Menus are clearly written.
  • Menus are presented in contrasting colours.
  • The type of food served here is sandwiches and cakes.
  • Opening Times View
    • Monday Closed.
    • Tuesday 12:00 - 17:00.
    • Wednesday 12:00 - 17:00.
    • Thursday 12:00 - 17:00.
    • Friday 12:00 - 17:00.
    • Saturday 12:00 - 16:00.
    • Sunday Closed.

Accessible Toilet

  • There are accessible toilets within this venue designated for public use.
  • Location and Access View
    • The toilet is not for the sole use of disabled people.
    • There is pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.
    • The accessible toilet is 8m (8yd 2ft) from the main entrance.
    • The accessible toilet is located to the right, next to the café.
    • There is level access to the accessible toilet.
  • Features and Dimensions View
    • This is a unisex 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 90cm (2ft 11in).
    • The door weight is heavy.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 140cm x 225cm (4ft 7in x 7ft 5in).
    • 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 right.
    • The lateral transfer space is 75cm (2ft 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 not a functional emergency alarm available.
    • It is tied up and out of reach (higher than 10cm (4") from floor).
    • Disposal facilities are available in the cubicle.
    • There is not a coat hook.
  • Position of Fixtures View
    • Wall mounted rails are available.
    • As you face the toilet the wall mounted grab rails are on both sides.
    • There is not a shelf within the accessible toilet.
    • There are mirrors.
    • 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 not a hand dryer.
    • 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 towel dispenser is 115cm (3ft 9in) high.
    • There is a toilet roll holder.
    • The toilet roll holder can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The toilet roll holder is placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • The toilet roll holder is 115cm (3ft 9in) high.
    • There is a sink.
    • The sink can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The sink is not placed higher than 74cm (2ft 5in).
  • Colour Contrast and Lighting View
    • The contrast between the external door and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the internal door and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the grab rails and wall is poor.
    • The contrast between the drop down rails and wall is poor.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • The lighting levels are medium.
  • Baby Change Facilities View
    • Baby change facilities are not located within the venue.

Standard Toilet(s)

Additional Info

  • Staff do not receive disability awareness / equality training.
  • Documents are not available in Braille.
  • Documents are available 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.