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Halewood Library

The Halewood Centre, Roseheath Drive, Halewood, Knowsley, Merseyside, L26 9UH

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Introduction

  • Services / facilities within the building include a lending library, public access computers and photocopying and printing services.

Opening Times

  • Monday 10:00 - 17:00.
  • Tuesday 10:00 - 17:00.
  • Wednesday Closed.
  • Thursday 10:00 - 13:00.
  • Friday 10:00 - 17:00.
  • Saturday 10:00 - 12:30.
  • Sunday Closed.

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 Halewood.

Parking

  • The venue does have its own car park.
  • Parking is free for all users.
  • The car park is located at the front of the building.
  • The car park type is open air/surface.
  • Parking spaces for Blue Badge holders do not need to be booked in advance.
  • There is/are 6 Blue Badge parking bay(s) within the car park.
  • The dimensions of the Blue Badge parking bay(s) are 360cm x 600cm (11ft 10in x 19ft 8in).
  • The nearest Blue Badge bay is 14m (15yd 11in) from the main entrance.
  • The furthest Blue Badge bay is 19m (20yd 2ft) from the main entrance.
  • The route from the car park to the entrance is accessible to a wheelchair user with assistance.
  • Assistance may be required because there is / are slopes/ramps.
  • The car park surface is tarmac.
  • There is not a designated drop off point.

Outside Access (The Halewood Centre Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located at the front of the building.
  • There is not 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 103cm (3ft 5in).
  • There is a second set of doors.
  • The door(s) open(s) automatically.
  • The door(s) is / are single.
  • The width of the door opening is 108cm (3ft 7in).
  • Comments
    • There are bollards on the approach to the main entrance.
    • The width between bollards is 164cm.

Level Change (The Halewood Centre Entrance)

  • There is a ramp/slope to access this area/service.
  • The ramp or slope is located in front of the entrance.
  • The ramp/slope is easy.

Reception (The Halewood Centre)

  • The desk/counter is 4m (4yd 1ft) from the Halewood Centre 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 hearing system is available only on request.
  • The type of system is a portable loop.
  • Staff are trained to use the system.

Outside Access (Halewood Library Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located on the ground floor of The Halewood Centre.
  • There is level access into the venue.
  • The main door(s) open(s) automatically.
  • The door(s) is / are double.
  • The width of the door opening is 155cm (5ft 1in).

Reception (Library Service Desk)

  • The desk/counter is 5m (5yd 1ft) from the Halewood Library entrance.
  • There is level access to the desk/counter from the entrance.
  • The desk/counter is medium height (77cm - 109cm).
  • 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 fixed loop.
  • Staff are trained to use the system.

Inside Access

  • There is level access to the service(s).
  • This venue does not play background music.
  • Motorised scooters are allowed in public parts of the venue.
  • The lighting levels are 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 have a regular supply of books in audio format.
  • There is an ordering service.
  • The library does have computers with accessible software.
  • Accessible software includes JAWS.
  • Auxiliary aids are not available for computer users.
  • Equipment available for people with a visual impairment includes Screen Magnifiers.
  • Comments
    • There are seating areas throughout the library.
    • Some of the seating has armrests.

Changing Places (Ground Floor)

  • The facility is located on the ground floor of The Halewood Centre, to the left as you enter.
  • The facility is approximately 6m (6yd 1ft) from the Halewood Centre entrance.
  • There is level access to the facility.
  • You do need a key for the facility.
  • It is a radar key.
  • The key can be obtained from the main reception desk.
  • The door opens inwards.
  • The width of the door is 95cm (3ft 1in).
  • The dimensions of the facility are 178cm x 326cm (5ft 10in x 10ft 8in).
  • The facility changing bench height is adjustable.
  • The facility changing bench is wall mounted.
  • The length of the facility changing bench is 180cm (5ft 11in).
  • The facility hoist is powered overhead.
  • The overhead hoist covers the changing bench and the toilet.
  • The sling is attached to the hoist by loop.
  • The facility toilet is corner.
  • The transfer space on the right as you face the toilet is 110cm (3ft 7in).
  • Wall mounted grab rails are available.
  • As you face the toilet the wall mounted grab rails are on both sides.
  • Drop down rails are provided.
  • As you face the toilet the drop down rail(s) is/are on the right.
  • The type of wash basin is fixed.
  • Wall mounted grab rails are available at the wash basin.
  • As you face the wash basin, the wall mounted grab rails are on both sides.
  • Disposal facilities are available.
  • A privacy screen is not available.
  • Wide tear off paper roll is not available.
  • The facility has not got a non slip floor.
  • A functioning emergency alarm is not available.
  • It is tied up and out of reach (higher than 10cm (4") from the floor).
  • Comments
    • The door to the changing place has a locked extension leaf.
    • Once opened the door width is increased to 121cm (3ft 10in).

Standard Toilet(s) (Ground Floor)

  • Standard toilet facilities are available.
  • The female toilet facilities that were surveyed are located to the left as you enter the main entrance.
  • The female toilet(s) is/are approximately 9m (9yd 2ft) from the Halewood Centre entrance.
  • Inside the venue, there is level access to the female toilet(s).
  • Lighting levels are medium.
  • The male toilet facilities that were surveyed are located to the left as you enter the main entrance.
  • The male toilet(s) is/are approximately 8m (8yd 2ft) from the Halewood Centre entrance.
  • Inside the venue, there is level access to the male toilet(s).
  • Lighting levels are medium.
  • Baby change facilities are located within the venue.
  • Baby change facilities are located to the left of the main reception.
  • The height of the baby change table once extended is 90cm (2ft 11in).
  • Inside the venue, there is level access to the baby change facility.
  • Comments
    • The parent and baby room is located in the corridor to the left of the Halewood Centre reception desk.
    • The parent and baby room is approximately 8m from The Halewood Centre entrance.
    • There is a sink in the parent and baby room.
    • The height of the sink is 90cm (2ft 10in).
    • The taps are lever mixer taps.
    • There is a chair with armrests in the parent and baby room.
    • There are disposal facilities in the parent and baby room.

Additional Info

  • Staff do receive disability awareness / equality training.
  • A bowl of water can be provided for an assistance dog.
  • A member of staff trained in BSL skills is not normally on duty.
  • This service can be requested.
  • Home visits / services are available.