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David Wilson Library

University of Leicester, University Road, Leicester, LE1 7RH

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Introduction

  • Services / facilities within the building include the library, a cafe and the AccessAbility Centre.
  • For full details on the library opening hours, please see the University website.

Opening Times

  • Please contact the venue for details of opening times.
  • Comments
    • Opening times vary depending on the time of year and exams taking place.
    • Please see the university website for more opening times information.

Getting Here

  • By Road
    • The University Campus is located to the south of Leicester City Centre, accessed via University Road. This leads off London Road (A6) and Welford Road (A5199), both of which lead south off of the Inner Ring Road (A594).
    • Parking on campus is very limited, but there are several public car parks nearby.
  • By Bus
    • Bus routes 47, 47a, 48, 48a, 80 and 80a stop on University Road, close to this building.
  • By Train
    • Leicester Station is located on the south side of the City Centre, just off the Inner Ring Road. University Road can be reached from here using the 48 or 80 bus. Leicester is on the London - Sheffield and the Birmingham - Stansted lines.
  • Useful Links

Useful Information

Site/Campus Car Park (VIP Parking)

  • Car Park
    • The car park is located off University Road.
    • The nearest building(s) to this car park is/are Fielding Johnson Building South Wing.
    • The car park type is open air/surface.
    • The car park does not have a height restriction barrier.
    • The car park surface is block paving.
    • Designated Blue Badge parking bays are not available.
  • Charges and Restrictions
    • This car park can be used by visitors.
    • There are no parking charges that apply on the day.
  • Drop Off Point
    • There is a designated drop off point in this car park.
    • There is not a dropped kerb from the drop off point.
  • Car Park Access
    • There is sloped access to the car park from the sides of the car park.
    • This car park is clearly signposted from the University Road.
  • Comments
    • This car park is accessed via Entrance 1.
    • There is a barrier to access the campus at Entrance 1 (shown in photographs 5 and 6).
    • Visitors wishing to access the campus at this entrance need to press a button on the barrier to talk to security.
    • UCard holders can access the campus at this entrance by card reader.
    • This button to the intercom and the card reader can be reached from a vehicle.
    • Access to this car park is by barrier.
    • The barrier is operated by swipe card.
    • The card reader can be reached from a vehicle.
    • Pedestrian access is gained to the car park via drop curbs. There are bollards at these drop curbs with widths of 142cm between them.

Site/Campus Car Park (Visitor Parking)

  • Car Park
    • The car park is located off University Road.
    • The nearest building(s) to this car park is/are Danielle Brown Sports Centre, David Wilson Library.
    • The car park type is open air/surface.
    • The car park does not have a height restriction barrier.
    • The car park surface is tarmac.
    • Designated Blue Badge parking bays are not available.
  • Charges and Restrictions
    • This car park can be used by permit holders.
    • There are no parking charges that apply on the day.
    • Signs are provided to give information on parking charges/restrictions.
    • Signs are clearly presented.
  • Drop Off Point
    • There is not a designated drop off point in this car park.
  • Car Park Access
    • There is sloped access to the car park from the entrance road.
    • This car park is clearly signposted from the entrance road.
  • Comments
    • This car park is accessed via Entrance 1.
    • There is a barrier to access the campus at Entrance 1 (shown in photographs 5 and 6).
    • Visitors wishing to access the campus at this entrance need to press a button on the barrier to talk to security.
    • UCard holders can access the campus at this entrance by card reader.
    • This button to the intercom and the card reader can be reached from a vehicle.
    • This car park requires a permit.
    • Permits must be applied for in advance and displayed otherwise a penalty notice will be issued.
    • A Permit only gives a right to search for a space.
    • This car park has a barrier at the entrance (shown in photographs 7 and 8).
    • Visitors wishing to access the car park need to press a button on the barrier to gain access.
    • This button to the intercom can be reached from a vehicle.

Site/Campus Car Park (Attenborough Building, College House ,Computer Sciences and David wilson Library)

  • Car Park
    • The car park is located to the rear of the Attenborough Building, next to College House.
    • The nearest building(s) to this car park is/are the Attenborough Building.
    • The car park type is open air/surface.
    • The car park does not have a height restriction barrier.
    • The car park surface is tarmac.
    • Designated Blue Badge parking bays are available.
    • The Blue Badge bay(s) is/are clearly marked.
    • There is/are 4 designated Blue Badge parking bay(s) within this car park.
    • The dimensions of the designated parking bay(s) are 386cm x 530cm (12ft 8in x 17ft 5in).
    • The dimensions of the designated bays do vary in size.
  • Charges and Restrictions
    • This car park can be used by Blue Badge holders and permit holders.
    • There are no parking charges.
  • Drop Off Point
    • There is not a designated drop off point in this car park.
  • Car Park Access
    • There is ramped access to the car park from the the David Wilson Library.
    • This car park is not clearly signposted from the David Wilson Library.
    • The nearest designated bay is 59m (64yd 1ft) from the main entrance.

Outside Access (Main Entrance)

  • Entrance
    • This information is for the entrance located at the front of the building.
    • There is ramped/sloped access at this entrance.
    • The main door(s) open(s) automatically.
    • The door(s) is / are single.
    • The width of the door opening is 131cm (4ft 4in).
    • There is a second set of doors.
    • The door(s) open(s) automatically.
    • The door(s) is / are double.
    • The width of the door opening is 208cm (6ft 10in).
  • Ramp/Slope
    • There is a ramp/slope at this entrance.
    • The ramp/slope is located on the pathway leading to the entrance, and also between the two sets of doors.
    • The ramp or slope does bypass the step(s).
    • The ramp/slope gradient is moderate.
    • The ramp 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.
  • Step(s)
    • There is a / are step(s) at this entrance.
    • The step(s) is / are located to the left of the ramp.
    • There is / are 8 step(s) to access the entrance.
    • There is tactile paving at the top and bottom of the step(s).
    • The step(s) is / are clearly marked.
    • The step(s) is / are medium (11cm - 17cm).
    • The steps do have handrails.
    • The handrails are on both sides.
  • Comments
    • There is a third slope just beyond the second set of doors (shown in photographs 8 and 9).
    • The third slope is moderate.

Outside Access (Cafe - Terrace Entrance)

  • Entrance
    • This information is for the entrance located at the front of the building.
    • There is ramped/sloped access at this entrance.
    • The main door(s) open(s) automatically.
    • The door(s) is / are single.
    • The width of the door opening is 135cm (4ft 5in).
  • Ramp/Slope
    • There is a ramp/slope at this entrance.
    • The ramp/slope is located in front of the entrance.
    • 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 the right going up.
    • The width of the ramp is 120cm (3ft 11in).

Entrance (Cafe - Foyer Entrance)

  • Entrance
    • This information is for the entrance located to the left as you enter via the main entrance.
    • There is step free access at this entrance.
    • The main door(s) open(s) towards you (pull).
    • The door(s) is / are double (with one leaf locked).
    • The door(s) is / are heavy.
    • The width of the door opening is 81cm (2ft 8in).

Entrance (AccessAbility Centre)

  • Entrance
    • This information is for the entrance located at the front right of the library concourse.
    • There is step free access at this entrance.
    • The main door(s) open(s) automatically (away from you).
    • The automatic door(s) is / are push pad activated.
    • The door(s) is / are single.
    • The width of the door opening is 86cm (2ft 10in).

Reception

  • The desk/counter is 15m (16yd 1ft) from the main entrance.
  • There is level access to the desk/counter from the entrance.
  • The lighting levels are medium.
  • The desk/counter is low (76cm or lower).
  • The desk/counter is staffed.
  • There is a hearing assistance system.
  • The type of system is a fixed loop.
  • Staff are trained to use the system.
  • Comments
    • There are 3 turnstyles leading into the library by the reception desk.
    • The width of the turnstyles is 57cm.
    • There is also a glass gate that can be swiped open by disabled users or opened by library staff at reception.
    • The gate width is 97cm.

Getting Around

  • Access
    • There is step free access throughout the building via lift(s).
    • There is an easy slope, with no handrails, for access to the front area of the reception desk.
    • The reception ramp is shown in photographs 1 and 2.
    • There are not doors in corridors which have to be opened manually.
  • Getting Around
    • There is clear signage for building facilities/areas in the foyer/reception area.
    • There is clearly written, tactile and pictorial directional signage at key points of circulation routes.
    • There is some flooring in corridors which is shiny and could cause issues with glare or look slippery to some people.
    • There is some flooring in corridors which includes patterns or colours which could be confusing or look like steps or holes to some people.
    • 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 a hearing assistance system.
    • The system is a fixed loop.
    • There is a fixed hearing loop at the main reception desk.
    • Staff are trained to use the system.

Eating and Drinking

  • The following information is for the cafe.
  • Full table service is not available.
  • 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.
  • Some chairs have armrests.
  • The nearest table is 2m (2yd 7in) from the cafe entrance.
  • The distance between the floor and the lowest table is 36cm (1ft 2in).
  • The distance between the floor and the highest table is 72cm (2ft 4in).
  • The standard height for tables is 72cm.
  • There is ample room for a wheelchair user to manoeuvre.
  • Plastic / takeaway cups are available.
  • Plastic / takeaway cutlery is available.
  • Drinking straws are available.
  • Menus are wall only.
  • Menus are not available in Braille.
  • Menus are not available in large print.
  • Picture menus are not available.
  • Menus are not clearly written.
  • Menus are presented in contrasting colours.
  • The type of food served here is hot and cold drinks and snacks.

Library

  • The library does have computers with accessible software.
  • Auxiliary aids are available for computer users.
  • A height adjustable table is / are available.
  • Equipment available for people with a visual impairment includes text enlargers.
  • Comments
    • Ordering requests for books and journals in Braille/Large Print / Audio materials are managed by AccessAbility for students and via the library for academic staff.
    • Content can be supplied, so far as reasonably practical, to meet the specific requirements of the person making the request.
    • There are 3 self service book issue machines located on the left in the main foyer on the ground floor to the rear of the building (as shown in photograph 4).
    • The height to the top of the counter is 92cm.
    • The height to the top of the screen is 149cm.

Other Floors

  • Steps
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are B-G-1-2-3.
    • The stairs are located in the main foyer at the rear of the building.
    • The stairs are approximately 28m from the main entrance.
    • 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.

Lift

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located on the left past the reception desk.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are B-G-1-2-3.
  • Wall mounted information boards are provided at lift landings.
  • The lift is approximately 16m (17yd 1ft) from the main 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 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 not have a hearing loop system.
  • The lift does 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
    • There is a bank of 3 identical lifts.

Accessible Toilet (Cafe)

  • There are accessible toilet facilities within this venue.
  • Location and Access
    • 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 7m (7yd 1ft) from the cafe foyer entrance.
    • This accessible toilet is located in the right hand corridor, to the rear right of the counter.
    • There is level access to this accessible toilet.
  • Features and Dimensions
    • This is a unisex toilet.
    • A key is not required for the accessible toilet.
    • 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 173cm x 213cm (5ft 8in x 6ft 12in).
    • 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 left.
    • The lateral transfer space is 115cm (3ft 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 pull cord alarm in the cubicle.
    • The emergency pull cord alarm is fully functional.
    • Disposal facilities are available in the cubicle.
    • There is a/are female sanitary, non-infectious waste and waste paper pedal bin disposal units.
    • There is not a/are not coat hook(s).
  • Position of Fixtures
    • 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 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).
  • Colour Contrast and Lighting
    • 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 good.
    • The contrast between the dropdown rail(s) and wall is good.
    • The toilet seat colour contrast is poor.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • The lighting levels are medium.
  • Comments
    • There is a baby change facility within the accessible toilet cubicle.
    • The height of the baby change unit is 90cm.

Accessible Toilet (Ground Floor)

  • There are accessible toilet facilities within this venue.
  • Location and Access
    • 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 34m (37yd 7in) from the main entrance.
    • This accessible toilet is located in the rear corridor leading from the foyer area, on the right hand side.
    • There is level access to this accessible toilet.
  • Features and Dimensions
    • 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 reception.
    • The door opens outwards.
    • The door is locked by a locking handle.
    • The width of the accessible toilet door is 97cm (3ft 2in).
    • The door is heavy.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 160cm x 207cm (5ft 3in x 6ft 9in).
    • There is 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 left.
    • The lateral transfer space is 96cm (3ft 2in).
    • 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 pull cord alarm in the cubicle.
    • The emergency pull cord alarm is fully functional.
    • Disposal facilities are available in the cubicle.
    • There is a/are female sanitary and waste paper pedal bin disposal units.
    • There is a/are coat hook(s).
    • The coat hook is not within 120cm (3ft 11in) from floor level.
  • Position of Fixtures
    • 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 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 101cm (3ft 4in).
    • 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 105cm (3ft 5in).
    • 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
    • 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 fair.
    • The contrast between the dropdown rail(s) and wall is fair.
    • The toilet seat colour contrast is good.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • The lighting levels are medium.
  • Comments
    • There is an overhead powered hoist within this cubicle.
    • The hoist covers the entire accessible toilet area.
    • The hoist is attached by hook and loop.

Accessible Toilet (First Floor)

  • There are accessible toilet facilities within this venue.
  • Location and Access
    • 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 15m (16yd 1ft) from the lift.
    • This accessible toilet is located at the rear of the building on the first floor, in the corridor on the right leading from the main foyer.
    • There are identical accessible toilets on the basement floor, second and third floors.
    • There is level access to this accessible toilet.
    • This is by lift.
  • Features and Dimensions
    • This is a unisex toilet.
    • A key is not required for the accessible toilet.
    • The door opens outwards.
    • The door is locked by a lever twist.
    • The width of the accessible toilet door is 87cm (2ft 10in).
    • The door is heavy.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 160cm x 256cm (5ft 3in x 8ft 5in).
    • There is 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 left.
    • The lateral transfer space is 94cm (3ft 1in).
    • 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 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 available in the cubicle.
    • There is a/are female sanitary disposal units.
    • There is a/are coat hook(s).
    • The coat hook is not within 120cm (3ft 11in) from floor level.
  • Position of Fixtures
    • 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 placed at a lower level or at an angle for ease of use.
    • The height of the toilet seat above floor level is 48cm (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 101cm (3ft 4in).
    • 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).
  • Colour Contrast and Lighting
    • 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 fair.
    • The contrast between the dropdown rail(s) and wall is fair.
    • The toilet seat colour contrast is poor.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • The lighting levels are medium.

Standard Toilet(s) (Cafe)

  • Availability and Location of Standard Toilets
    • Standard toilet facilities are available.
  • Access to Standard Shared Toilet(s)
    • The shared toilets that were surveyed are located in the right hand corridor to the right rear of the cafe counter.
    • The shared toilet(s) is/are approximately 8m (8yd 2ft) from the cafe entrance.
    • Inside the venue, there is level access to the shared toilet(s).
    • Lighting levels are medium.
  • Comments
    • There are 3 unisex toilets and the details are same for all of them.

Standard Toilet(s)

  • Location of Standard Toilet(s)
    • There are male and female standard toilets facilities on all floors.
  • Standard Toilet Surveyed
    • A male standard toilet was surveyed.
    • The toilet surveyed is located in the rear right hand corridor leading from the foyer.
    • 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 38m from the main entrance.
    • 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 sufficient standing space in the cubicle for ambulant disabled people.
    • Lighting levels in the standard toilet surveyed are good.