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University of Glasgow, Hillhead Street, Glasgow, G12 8QE

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Introduction

  • The cafe is located on Level 3 of the library. There is an Assistive Technology Room available but access is restricted and requires assessment via the Disability Service.

Opening Times

  • Monday 07:00 - 02:00.
  • Tuesday 07:00 - 02:00.
  • Wednesday 07:00 - 02:00.
  • Thursday 07:00 - 02:00.
  • Friday 07:00 - 02:00.
  • Saturday 07:00 - 02:00.
  • Sunday 07:00 - 02:00.

Location

  • The venue is situated outside the centre of the city.
  • This venue is situated in Glasgow.
  • The venue is not situated on a road which has a steep gradient.
  • The nearest National Rail station is Partick.
  • Comments View
    • The name of the nearest underground station is Hillhead.
    • The Library is located in Hillhead Street on the main campus.

Parking

  • The venue does have its own car park.
  • Venue Car Park View
    • Parking is free for Blue Badge holders.
    • The car park is located opposite the library, off Southpark Avenue.
    • 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 5 Blue Badge parking bay(s) within the car park.
    • The dimensions of the Blue Badge parking bay(s) are 300cm x 450cm (9ft 10in x 14ft 9in).
    • Designated parking bays are clearly marked.
    • The nearest Blue Badge bay is 15m (16yd 1ft) from the main entrance.
    • The furthest Blue Badge bay is 35m (38yd 10in) 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 uneven surfaces.
    • The car park surface is tarmac.
    • There is a dropped kerb between the car park and the venue.
    • The dropped kerb does not have tactile paving.
    • There is not a road to cross between the car park and the entrance.
    • The car park does not have a height restriction barrier.
    • There is not a designated drop off point.
  • Comments View
    • Library car parking is managed by the University's Central Services, which requires you to have a parking permit.
    • Blue Badge holders receive a permit free of charge.
    • There are designated bays for disabled staff, students and visitors across the campus. Please see the University of Glasgow parking notes for further details.

Outside Access (Main 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 (by revolving).
  • The width of the door opening is 150cm (4ft 11in).

Level Change (Main Entrance)

  • There is a ramp/slope to access this area/service.
  • The ramp/slope does bypass the step(s).
  • The ramp/slope is located in front of the entrance.
  • The ramp/slope is easy.
  • The ramp/slope is permanent.
  • There is a level landing at the top of the ramp/slope.
  • The ramp does not have handrails.
  • There is a/are step(s) to access this area/service.
  • The step(s) is/are located leading down from the right of the entrance.
  • There is/are 3 step(s) to the area/service.
  • There is not tactile paving at the top and bottom of the steps.
  • The step(s) is/are not clearly marked.
  • The step(s) is/are medium height (11cm - 17cm).
  • There is not a/are not handrail(s) at the step(s).

Outside Access (Main Entrance - Accessible Door)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located to the right of the main revolving door.
    • There is ramped/sloped access 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 double.
    • The width of the door opening is 162cm (5ft 4in).

Level Change (Main Entrance - Accessible Door)

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

Reception

  • The desk/counter is 10m (10yd 2ft) from the main entrance.
  • There is level access to the desk/counter from the entrance.
  • The lighting levels are bright.
  • The desk/counter is medium height (77cm - 109cm).
  • The desk/counter has a low (76cm or lower) section.
  • 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 View
    • There are 52cm wide security gates here with a wider 95cm gate to the right.

Inside Access

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

Level Change (Inside Access)

  • There is a ramp/slope to access this area/service.
  • The ramp/slope is located to the right as you enter, before the lift.
  • The ramp/slope is easy.
  • The ramp/slope is permanent.
  • There is a level landing at the top of the ramp/slope.
  • The ramp does have handrails.
  • The handrails are on both sides.

Other Floors (Level 1)

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are 1-2.
    • 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.
  • Other View
    • The area(s)/service(s) on the floors which are not accessible is/are level 1 study space.

Other Floors

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are 1 to 12.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • The lighting levels are medium.
    • The steps are clearly marked.
    • The steps are deep (18cm+).
    • 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 beyond the main entrance, on the left.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are 2 to 12.
  • The lift is approximately 19m (20yd 2ft) from the accessible entrance.
  • Staff do not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The dimensions of the lift are 140cm x 130cm (4ft 7in x 4ft 3in).
  • 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 Braille markings.
  • The lift does have tactile markings.
  • The lighting level in the lift is bright.

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 have a regular supply of books on tape or disc.
  • There is an ordering service.
  • The library does have computers with accessible software.

Family Study Lounge

  • The Family Study Lounge is located on the 4th floor at the rear right of the study area to the right as you enter. It is 30m from the central lift.
  • The door into the lounge has a width of 75cm, restricted by a finger guard on the hinge edge.
  • The room contains easy chairs, low tables, children's books and activities, a screened nursing area, water dispenser, PC facilities, desks and chairs. The desks are 70cm high. The computer chairs are swivel chairs, are height adjustable, but do not have armrests.
  • This is an unsupervised area.
  • The room is breast-feeding friendly but there are no baby-changing facilities. The nearest baby-changing facilities are located in the accessible toilet on the 4th floor annexe.

Restaurant Bar Internal (Cafe)

  • The following information is for the cafe.
  • Once inside, there is level access to the service.
  • Food is available from the bar.
  • Full table service is not available.
  • Food or drinks are ordered from the service counter.
  • Food or drinks cannot be brought to the table.
  • There is a lowered section at the service counter.
  • Some tables are permanently fixed.
  • Some chairs are permanently fixed.
  • No chairs have armrests.
  • The nearest table is 30m (33yd) from the lift.
  • The distance between the floor and the lowest table is 40cm (1ft 4in).
  • The distance between the floor and the highest table is 110cm (3ft 7in).
  • Menus are wall only.
  • Menus are clearly written.
  • Menus are presented in contrasting colours.
  • The type of food served here is varied hot and cold snacks.

Level Change (Additional Seating Cafe)

  • There is a ramp or slope to access this service.
  • The ramp or slope is located within the cafe area.
  • The ramp or slope is easy.
  • The ramp or slope is permanent.
  • There is a level landing at the top of the ramp.
  • There are steps to access this area / service.
  • The steps are located within the cafe area.
  • There is / are 2 step(s) to the area / service.
  • Lighting levels at the steps are medium.
  • The steps are clearly marked.
  • The steps are medium.
  • The steps do not have handrails.

Accessible Toilet (Level 2)

  • 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 main entrance.
    • This accessible toilet is located to the right as you enter, before reception.
    • There is a smaller accessible toilet to the left of level 2, and further accessible toilets on upper levels offering alternative transfer space.
    • There is level access to this 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 is light.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 150cm x 200cm (4ft 11in x 6ft 7in).
    • 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 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 an emergency pull cord alarm in the cubicle.
    • The emergency pull cord alarm is fully functional.
    • Disposal facilities are not available in the cubicle.
    • There is not a/are not coat hook(s).
  • 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 not a mirror.
    • The height of the toilet seat above floor level is 46cm (1ft 6in).
    • 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 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 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 placed higher than 74cm (2ft 5in).
    • The height of the wash basin is 75cm (2ft 6in).
  • 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 fair.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • The lighting levels are bright.

Standard Toilet(s) (Level 2)

  • Availability and Location of Standard Toilets View
    • Standard toilet facilities are available.
  • Access to Standard Female Toilet(s) View
    • The female toilet facilities that were surveyed are located to the left as you enter.
    • The female toilet(s) is/are approximately 38m (41yd 1ft) from the main entrance.
    • Inside the venue, there is level access to the female toilet(s).
  • Access to Standard Male Toilet(s) View
    • The male toilet facilities that were surveyed are located to the left as you enter.
    • The male toilet(s) is/are approximately 34m (37yd 7in) from the main entrance.
    • Inside the venue, there is level access to the male toilet(s).
    • Lighting levels are bright.
  • Access to Standard Shared Toilet(s) View
    • The shared toilets that were surveyed are located to the right as you enter, before reception.
    • The shared toilet(s) is/are approximately 10m (10yd 2ft) from the main entrance.
    • Inside the venue, there is level access to the shared toilet(s).
    • Lighting levels are bright.
  • Comments View
    • There are additional standard toilets located on upper floors.

Emergency Evacuation Information

  • Information on Evacuation from University Buildings View
  • Information on Refuge Alerters View
    • This building has refuge alerters.
    • Refuge Alerter communication system is designed to summon assistance in the event of a fire evacuation, from University buildings which provide disabled access to upper floors via a lift.
    • All Refuge Points have been provided with details on how to operate the communication system when assistance is required. Designated Refuge Point directional signage has been install throughout the building to direct you to these refuges.
    • The refuge alerters in this building are located in/at; Tower 5 Lift Lobby Level 1, Tower 5 Lift Lobby Level 2, Tower 5 Lift Lobby Level 3, Tower 5 Lift Lobby Level 4, Central Lift Lobby Level 4, Tower 5 Lift Lobby Level 5, Central Lift Lobby Level 5, Tower 5 Lift Lobby Level 6, Central Lift Lobby Level 6, Tower 5 Lift Lobby Level 7, Central Lift Lobby Level 7, Tower 5 Lift Lobby Level 8, Central Lift Lobby Level 8, Tower 5 Lift Lobby Level 9, Central Lift Lobby Level 9, Tower 5 Lift Lobby Level 10, Central Lift Lobby Level 10, Tower 5 Lift Lobby Level 11, Central Lift Lobby Level 11 and Tower 5 Lift Lobby Level 12.

Additional Info

  • Staff do receive disability awareness / equality training.
  • Documents can be requested in Braille.
  • Documents can be requested in large print.
  • A member of staff trained in BSL skills is not generally on duty.
  • This service can be requested.
  • Staff are Text Relay aware.
  • Comments View
    • There is an assistance dog toilet available on campus for students, staff and visitors.
    • Access to the room is prioritised for students with a visual impairment, and can be arranged by contacting the Student Disability Service.
    • There are 4 assistive software programs available on the Common Student Computing Environment (CSCE).
    • These programs are: MindGenius, Zoomtext, Texthelp (Read and Write) and Kurzwell 3000.
    • Disability awareness training is available for all staff through the Staff Development Service. Other training relating to specific areas of disability awareness, such as curriculum development or a specialised software package is provided from the Learning and Teaching Centre, IT Services and the Student Disability Service.
    • These photographs shows the Assistive Technology room which is located on the 5th floor.