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Birkbeck Malet Street - Library

Malet Street, Torrington Square Entrance, London, WC1E 7HX

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Introduction

  • The Library contains:-
    Ground Floor - Membership / Issues and Returns Desk
    First Floor - Help Desk, Accessibility Centre, Books 001 – 708, computers, Group Study Area, Study Support Room, phone zone, toilets, printing and photocopying
    Second Floor - Books 709-827, Computers, Study Spaces
    Third Floor - Books 828 – 999, Silent Study Area
    Fourth Floor - Print Journals, Silent Study Area, Laptop-free Area.
  • The library is generally open 08:30 - 23:45 every day during term time. For more details on opening times, please see the library webpage.
  • Related link Birkbeck Library Opening Hours.
  • Http://www.bbk.ac.uk/lib/about/hours
  • Related link Birkbeck Malet Street.
  • Https://www.accessable.co.uk/venues/birkbeck-malet-street

Getting Here

  • By Road View
    • Birkbeck is located in the Bloomsbury area of Central London, on Malet Street and Torrington Square. These streets are close to the Euston Road (A501) and Gower Street (A400).
    • On street parking is available on Torrington Square, managed by Facilities Management at the University of London in Senate House.
  • By Bus View
    • A number of London Bus routes stop on Gower Street close to the College, including 14 (Putney Heath to Warren Street Station), 24 (Pimlico to Hampstead Heath), 29 (Wood Green to Trafalgar Square), 73 (Victoria Bus Station to Stoke Newington), 143 (North Finchley Bus Station to Tottenham Court Road) and 390 (Archway Station to Notting Hill Gate). Buses 10 (Hammersmith Bus Station to King's Cross Station) and 188 (North Greenwich to Russell Square Station) also stop nearby on Russell Square.
  • By Train View
    • The nearest railway stations are Euston, St Pancras International and King's Cross Stations. However, all of the London Terminal stations are within reach of the campus using public transport.
  • By Underground View
    • The nearest tube stations to the college are Russell Square (on the Piccadilly Line) and Goodge Street (on the Northern Line).
  • Useful Links View

Useful Information

Building Parking

  • The building does not have its own dedicated parking.
  • Public Car Parks View
    • There is not a car park for public use within 200m (approx).
    • Clearly signed and / or standard marked parking bays are available.
    • The on street standard parking bay(s) is/are located on Torrington Square.
  • Drop Off Point View
    • There is not a designated drop off point.
  • Comments View
    • The parking is permit holders only for SOAS and Senate House.

Outside Access (Main Entrance)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located off Torrington Square.
    • There is ramped/sloped or stepped access at this entrance.
    • There is a canopy or recess which provides weather protection at this entrance.
    • The main door(s) open(s) automatically (towards you).
    • The door(s) is/are push pad activated.
    • The door(s) is / are single.
    • The width of the door opening is 90cm (2ft 11in).
    • There is a second set of doors.
    • The door(s) open(s) automatically (towards you).
    • The door(s) is / are single.
    • The width of the door opening is 90cm (2ft 11in).
  • Ramp/Slope View
    • There is a ramp/slope at this entrance.
    • The ramp/slope is located to the right of the entrance.
    • The ramp or slope does bypass the step(s).
    • The ramp/slope gradient is easy.
    • The ramp is permanent.
    • There is a level landing at the top of the ramp.
    • The ramp does have handrails.
    • The handrails are on both sides.
  • 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 3 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.
    • The steps do not have handrails.
  • Comments View
    • There is an alternate set of revolving doors with a width of 145cm.
    • There is an alternate ramp and a set of 7 medium steps to the left of the building. These can be seen in photographs 5 & 6.

Entrance (Library)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located to your right when you access the building.
    • There is step free access at this entrance.
    • The main door(s) open(s) automatically (away from you).
    • The door(s) is / are double.
    • The width of the door opening is 93cm (3ft 1in).
  • Comments View
    • The details above are for the access gate to enter the library.
    • There is a turnstile with a width of 55cm next to this gate.

Reception

  • The Membership/Issues and Returns desk is located to your right on entrance.
  • The desk is 1m (3ft 3in) from the library 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 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 system.

Getting Around

  • Access View
    • There is step free access throughout the building via lift(s).
    • 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 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.
    • There is a hearing assistance system.
    • The system is a portable loop.
    • The portable hearing loop can be requested from the AV Office.
    • The hearing system is available only on request.
    • Staff are trained to use the system.

Other Floors

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are G-1-2-3-4.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • The lighting levels are bright.
    • 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.
  • Comments View
    • There is a push pad automatic single door to access the first floor from the steps.

Lift (Main Lift)

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located to your right on entrance.
  • 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.
  • The lift is approximately 16m (17yd 1ft) from the library entrance.
  • Staff do not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The clear door width is 90cm (2ft 11in).
  • The dimensions of the lift are 100cm x 140cm (3ft 3in x 4ft 7in).
  • 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 does have a hearing loop 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 bright.
  • Comments View
    • There is a push pad automatic single door to access the lift on the first floor.

Lift (Platform)

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located on the other side of the library to the main lift.
  • The lift is a platform lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are 1-M-2-3-4.
  • Wall mounted information boards are not provided at lift landings.
  • The lift is approximately 23m (25yd 6in) from the lift.
  • Staff do not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The clear door width is 90cm (2ft 11in).
  • The dimensions of the lift are 100cm x 140cm (3ft 3in x 4ft 7in).
  • 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 loop 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 bright.

Reception (Help Desk)

  • The help desk is located in front of you when you exit the lift lobby on the first floor.
  • The desk is 12m (13yd 4in) from the lift.
  • The reception area is clearly visible from the lift.
  • There is step free access to this reception area, via lift.
  • The lighting levels in the reception area are bright.
  • The reception desk/counter is low (76cm or lower).
  • There is not a clear knee recess beneath the low counter.
  • 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 trained to use the 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.
  • It takes approximately 7 days to process an order.
  • The library does have computers with accessible software.
  • Auxiliary aids are available for computer users.
  • A height adjustable table and height adjustable chair is / are available.
  • Comments View
    • There is an Accessibility Centre available which is shown in photographs 2, 3 and 4. It has height adjustable chairs and desks, adjustable lighting for each computer, scanners and other facilities.
    • It is accessed by a push pad automatic door that opens away from you with a width of 86cm.
    • The accessible software available in the library includes Sensus Access, ClaroRead, Dragon Naturally Speaking, Mindview, Jaws and Zoom Text.

Accessible Toilet

  • There are accessible toilet facilities within this venue.
  • Location and Access View
    • The toilet is for the sole use of disabled people.
    • There is Braille, tactile, pictorial and written text signage on or near the toilet door.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 39m (42yd 1ft) from the lift.
    • This accessible toilet is located near the Accessibility Centre on the first floor.
    • There is level access to this accessible toilet.
    • This is by lift.
  • Features and Dimensions View
    • 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 help desk.
    • The door opens outwards.
    • The door is locked by a locking handle.
    • The width of the accessible toilet door is 86cm (2ft 10in).
    • The door is heavy.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 150cm x 200cm (4ft 11in x 6ft 7in).
    • There is not a clear 150cm x 150cm manoeuvring space in the accessible toilet.
    • There is a lateral transfer space.
    • As you face the toilet pan the transfer space is on the right.
    • The lateral transfer space is 84cm (2ft 9in).
    • There is a dropdown rail on the transfer side.
    • There is a flush on the transfer side.
    • The tap type is twist/turn.
    • There is a mixer tap.
    • There is an emergency pull cord alarm in the cubicle.
    • 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 not available in the cubicle.
    • There is a/are coat hook(s).
    • The coat hook is within 120cm (3ft 11in) from floor level.
  • Position of Fixtures View
    • Wall-mounted grab 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 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 47cm (1ft 7in).
    • There is a hand dryer.
    • The hand dryer can 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 placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • The height of the toilet roll holder is 110cm (3ft 7in).
    • 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).
  • Colour Contrast and Lighting View
    • The contrast between the internal door and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the external door and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the wall-mounted grab rail(s) and wall is poor.
    • The contrast between the dropdown rail(s) and wall is poor.
    • The toilet seat colour contrast is poor.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • The lighting levels are bright.

Standard Toilet(s)

  • Location of Standard Toilet(s) View
    • There are male and female standard toilets facilities on the first floor.
  • Standard Toilet Surveyed View
    • A male standard toilet was surveyed.
    • The toilet surveyed is located near the Accessibility Centre on the first floor.
    • There is a female 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 39m from the lift.
    • There is a/are cubicle(s) suitable for ambulant disabled people in the standard toilet(s) surveyed.
    • There is a horizontal grab rail to the right of the seat.
    • There is not sufficient standing space in the cubicle for ambulant disabled people.
    • Lighting levels in the standard toilet surveyed are good.