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Laidlaw Library

Woodhouse Lane, Leeds, LS2 9JT

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Introduction

  • Services / facilities within the building include a University library, containing Core Texts and the High Demand Collection; Academic Skills Support; study spaces and classrooms; Caffe Nero.

Getting Here

Useful Information

Building Parking

  • The building does not have its own dedicated parking.
  • Site/Campus Car Parks View
    • There is a site/campus car park for staff and students within approximately 200m.
    • The name of the car park is Multi Storey Car Park.
    • The car park is located on Vernon Road.
  • 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 dimensions of the standard marked parking bays are 203cm x 380cm (6ft 8in x 12ft 6in).
    • The on street standard parking bay(s) is/are located on Hillary Place.
  • Drop Off Point View
    • There is not a designated drop off point.
  • Comments View
    • Please see the separate Multi Storey Car Park guide for additional information.

Outside Access (Woodhouse Lane Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located at the front of the building.
  • There is ramped/sloped access at this entrance.
  • Entrance View
    • The intercom is not in a suitable position to allow wheelchair users to gain access.
    • The intercom is at a height of 65cm.
    • The main door(s) open automatically (towards you).
    • The doors are single.
    • The door opening is 109cm (3ft 7in) wide.
    • The ramp/slope is located in front of the entrance.
    • The ramp/slope gradient is easy.
    • The ramp or slope is permanent.
  • Comments View
    • There are 2 intercoms at the entrance.
    • There is a low intercom, which is 65cm high.
    • There is a high intercom, which is 152cm high.
    • Access to the entrance by the automatic door is by barcode reader.
    • There is an external card reader and an internal card reader.
    • The height of the external card reader is 110cm (shown in photograph 3).
    • The height of the internal card reader is 92cm.
    • There is also an automatic revolving door at this entrance.

Outside Access (Hillary Place Accessible Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located at the rear of the building.
  • There is step free access at this entrance, via lift.
  • Entrance View
    • The intercom is not in a suitable position to allow wheelchair users to gain access.
    • The intercom is at a height of 121cm.
    • A key fob is required for access at this entrance.
    • The card reader/lock is not in a suitable position to allow wheelchair users to gain access.
    • The main door(s) open automatically.
    • The door(s) is/are push pad activated when exiting.
    • The doors are double (with one leaf locked).
    • The door opening is 101cm (3ft 4in) wide.
    • There is a small lip on the threshold of the entrance, with a height of 2cm or below.
  • Lift View
    • There is a lift to access this entrance.
  • Comments View
    • A keyfob is required to enter this door.
    • The keyfob sensor is 118cm high, shown in photograph 2.
    • A push button is used to exit this door.
    • The push button is 114cm high, shown in photograph 3.

Lift (Hillary Place Accessible Entrance)

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located to the left as you enter the building.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are B-G.
  • Wall mounted information boards are not provided at lift landings.
  • The lift is approximately 2m (2yd 7in) from the Hillary Place accessible 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 108cm x 145cm (3ft 7in x 4ft 9in).
  • 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 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.

Outside Access (Hillary Place Stepped Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located at the rear of the building.
  • There is stepped access at this entrance.
  • Entrance View
    • The intercom is not in a suitable position to allow wheelchair users to gain access.
    • The intercom is at a height of 62cm.
    • The card reader/lock is not in a suitable position to allow wheelchair users to gain access.
    • The main door(s) open automatically (towards you).
    • The doors are single.
    • The door opening is 91cm (2ft 12in) wide.
  • Steps View
    • The step(s) is / are located on route to the entrance from the street.
    • There is / are 15+ step(s) to the area / service.
    • There is tactile paving at the top and bottom of the steps.
    • The step(s) is / are clearly marked.
    • The step(s) is / are medium.
    • The steps do have handrails.
    • The handrails are on both sides.
  • Comments View
    • There are 2 intercoms at this entrance.
    • The low intercom is 65cm high.
    • The high intercom is 152cm high.
    • Access to the automatic door is by card reader.
    • There is an external card reader and an internal card reader.
    • The external card reader is 110cm high (shown in photograph 3).
    • The internal card reader is 92cm high.

Getting Around

  • Access View
    • There is step free access throughout the building via lift(s).
    • There are not 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 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 varied.
    • This building does not play background music.

Reception (Library)

  • Library is located to the left as you enter the building.
  • The desk is 13m (14yd 8in) from the Woodhouse Lane 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 medium.
  • The reception desk/counter is medium height (77cm - 109cm).
  • There is a low section of the counter (76cm or below) available.
  • There is 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.
  • Comments View
    • There are 15 minute timed workstations in the reception area.
    • The height of these workstations is 85cm.
    • The height to top of the screens at the workstations is 127cm.

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 1-5 days to process an order.
  • The library does have computers with accessible software.
  • Auxiliary aids are available for computer users.
  • A large text keyboard, height adjustable table and height adjustable chair is / are available.
  • Other computer auxiliary aids include a CCTV magnifier, Zoomtext, JAWS, Dragon, MindView, Texthelp Read & Write.
  • Equipment available for people with a visual impairment includes magnifier overlays and colour overlays.
  • Comments View
    • This is the undergraduate library.
    • There are bookable accessible study rooms on levels 2 & 3 which have height adjustable desks and the above equipment (photograph 10).
    • There are a variety of desks throughout the silent study areas (areas of the library with a purple colour scheme).
    • There are 2 height adjustable desks on levels 2 & 3, in the main library area to the far right as you exit the lift (photograph 11).
    • The majority of desks are 73cm high.
    • The highest desks are 105cm high.
    • Braille & large print are available on request via the transcription centre.
    • For more information about the transcription centre please seehttp://students.leeds.ac.uk/info/10720/how_we_can_support_you/687/transcription_services .
    • There is a high demand area of the library immediately ahead as you enter the security barriers.
    • There are security barriers to enter the main library next to the reception desk (photograph 12).
    • There are also security barriers to enter the high demand library.
    • There are wide barriers available at both sets of barriers.
    • The clear width of wide barriers is 90cm.
    • The wide barriers to enter the library have a barcode reader on the side, as well as on top.
    • The standard barriers to enter the library have a barcode reader on top.
    • Self-checkout and return facilities are available throughout the library (photograph 13).
    • Short-term laptop loans are available on the ground floor, under the stairs and just before the lifts (photograph 14).
  • Opening Times View
    • The venue has seasonal opening times.

Eating and Drinking (Caffe Nero)

  • 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.
  • Some tables are permanently fixed.
  • Some chairs are permanently fixed.
  • Some chairs have armrests.
  • The nearest table is 10m (10yd 2ft) from the Woodhouse Lane entrance.
  • The distance between the floor and the lowest table is 49cm (1ft 7in).
  • The distance between the floor and the highest table is 117cm (3ft 10in).
  • The standard height for tables is 76cm.
  • 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.
  • Picture menus are not available.
  • Menus are clearly written.
  • Menus are presented in contrasting colours.
  • The type of food served here is hot and cold drinks, and baked snacks.

Other Floors

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are G-1-2-3.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • The lighting levels are medium.
    • 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 towards the rear centre of the building.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are G-1-2-3.
  • Wall mounted information boards are provided at lift landings.
  • The weight limit for the lift is 1275kg.
  • The lift is approximately 30m (32yd 2ft) from the Woodhouse Lane entrance.
  • Staff do not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The clear door width is 111cm (3ft 8in).
  • The dimensions of the lift are 120cm x 230cm (3ft 11in x 7ft 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.

Changing Places

  • Location and access View
    • The facility is located on the ground floor, at the rear right of the building as you enter through the main entrance.
    • The facility is approximately 32m (34yd 2ft) from the main entrance.
    • There is level access to the facility.
  • Dimensions and features View
    • You do need a key for the facility.
    • It is not a radar key.
    • The key can be obtained from main reception.
    • The dimensions of the facility are 394cm x 285cm (12ft 11in x 9ft 4in).
    • The facility hoist is powered overhead.
    • The overhead hoist covers all areas in cubicle.
    • The sling is attached to the hoist by hook and loop.
    • The facility toilet is peninsular.
    • The transfer space on the left as you face the toilet is 123cm (4ft).
    • The transfer space on the right as you face the toilet is 230cm (7ft 7in).
    • Wall mounted grab rails are available for the toilet.
    • As you face the toilet the wall mounted grab rails are on the right.
    • Drop down rails are provided for the toilet.
    • As you face the toilet the drop down rail(s) is/are on both sides.
    • The type of wash basin is adjustable.
    • Wall mounted grab rails are not available at the wash basin.
    • Disposal facilities are available.
    • A privacy screen is not available.
    • Wide tear off paper roll is not available.
    • The facility has a non-slip floor.
    • A functioning emergency alarm is available.
    • Accessible shower facilities are available.
    • The facilities available in the accessible shower are an adjustable shower head, handrails and a flip-down seat.
    • The height of the seat is 50cm (1ft 8in).
  • Comments View
    • The toilet facility is a clos-o-mat facility.

Reception (Skills@Library)

  • Skills@Library is located on level 1, at the rear left of the building as you exit the lift.
  • The desk is 25m (27yd 1ft) from the lift.
  • Clear signage for the reception area is not visible from the entrance.
  • There is step free access to this reception area, via lift.
  • The lighting levels in the reception area are medium.
  • 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 portable loop.
  • The hearing system is available only on request.
  • The hearing assistance system is not signed.
  • Staff are trained to use the system.
  • Opening Times View
    • Monday 09:30 - 17:00.
    • Tuesday 09:30 - 17:00.
    • Wednesday 09:30 - 17:00.
    • Thursday 09:30 - 17:00.
    • Friday 09:30 - 17:00.
    • Saturday Closed.
    • Sunday Closed.

Accessible Toilet (Level 0 Front)

  • Accessible toilet facilities are available.
  • 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.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 10m (10yd 2ft) from the Woodhouse Lane entrance.
    • This accessible toilet is located on the ground floor, to the left as you enter, before reception.
    • There is a similar toilet in the same location on the first floor 25m from the lift, just before the Skills@Library reception (shown in photograph 2).
    • There is level access to this accessible toilet.
  • Features and Dimensions View
    • This is a shared 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 154cm x 226cm (5ft 1in x 7ft 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 right.
    • The lateral transfer space is 86cm (2ft 10in).
    • 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 coat hook(s).
  • Position of Fixtures View
    • Wall mounted grab rails are available for the toilet.
    • 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 not placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • There is a towel dispenser.
    • The towel dispenser cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The towel dispenser is not placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • 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 109cm (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 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.

Accessible Toilet (Level 0 Rear)

  • Accessible toilet facilities are available.
  • 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.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 37m (40yd 1ft) from the Woodhouse Lane entrance.
    • This accessible toilet is located at the rear right of the building.
    • There is level access to this accessible toilet.
  • Features and Dimensions View
    • This is a shared 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 181cm x 237cm (5ft 11in x 7ft 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 112cm (3ft 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 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).
  • Position of Fixtures View
    • Wall mounted grab rails are available for the toilet.
    • 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 not placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • 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 height of the towel dispenser is 107cm (3ft 6in).
    • 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 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 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.

Accessible Toilet (Level 1)

  • Accessible toilet facilities are available.
  • 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.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 11m (12yd 1in) from the lift.
    • This accessible toilet is located on level 1, to the left as you exit the lift.
    • There are identical accessible toilets in the same location and with the same layout on level 2 (shown in photograph 2) & level 3 (photograph 3).
    • There is level access to this accessible toilet.
    • This is by lift.
  • Features and Dimensions View
    • This is a shared 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 159cm x 214cm (5ft 3in x 7ft).
    • 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 87cm (2ft 10in).
    • 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 fully functional.
    • Disposal facilities are available in the cubicle.
    • There is a/are coat hook(s).
  • Position of Fixtures View
    • 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 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 not placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • 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 height of the towel dispenser is 109cm (3ft 7in).
    • 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 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 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.

Standard Toilet(s)

  • Location of Standard Toilet(s) View
    • There are male and female standard toilets facilities on all floors.
  • Standard Toilet Surveyed View
    • A female standard toilet was surveyed.
    • The toilet surveyed is located on the first floor, to the right as you exit the lift, next to the accessible toilet.
    • There is step free access to the standard toilet(s) surveyed from the entrance.
    • The standard toilet surveyed is approximately 11m from the lift.
    • There is a/are cubicle(s) suitable for ambulant disabled people in the standard toilet(s) surveyed.
    • There are horizontal and vertical grab rails on both sides of the seat.
    • Lighting levels in the standard toilet surveyed are good.
  • Comments View
    • The male toilets are to the right as you exit the lift.
    • The male toilets are 7m from the lift.
    • There are standard male and female toilets in the same location on levels 2 and 3.
    • There are standard male and female toilets at the rear of the building, towards the Hillary Place entrance on level 0.