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Library (Rutherford Building)

Goldsmiths, University of London, Dixon Road, New Cross, London, SE14 6NW

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Introduction

  • Services / facilities within the building include the library, library café, IT helpdesk, media equipment centre, computer teaching rooms and language teaching rooms.
  • Comments
    • The library is open 24 hours for Goldsmiths' staff and students during term time.
    • Entry is with a Goldsmiths' swipe card overnight between 21:00 and 09:00.
    • Please contact the library for details of vacation opening times.

Location

  • The venue is situated within the centre of the area.
  • This venue is situated in New Cross.
  • The venue is not situated on a road which has a steep gradient.
  • The nearest National Rail station is New Cross Gate.
  • There is a bus stop within 150m (164yds) of the venue.

Parking

  • The venue does not have its own car park.
  • On Street Parking and Drop-off Details
    • On street marked Blue Badge bays are available.
    • The dimensions of the marked Blue Badge bays are 200cm x 500cm (6ft 7in x 16ft 5in).
    • On street Blue Badge parking is located on Dixon Road, opposite the library entrance.
    • Clearly signed and / or standard marked parking bays are not available.
    • There is not a designated drop off point.
  • Comments
    • Parking is very limited on the Goldsmiths campus. There are a number of designated bays for Blue Badge holders reserved for current staff and students with mobility needs.
    • Visitors requiring parking should contact the college at least 48 hours in advance.

Outside Access (Main Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located at the front of the building, on Lewisham Way.
  • There is not level access into the venue.
  • The main door(s) open(s) automatically (towards you).
  • The automatic doors are push pad activated.
  • The door(s) is / are single.
  • The width of the door opening is 87cm (2ft 10in).
  • Second set of doors
    • There is a second set of doors.
    • The door(s) open(s) automatically (away from you).
    • The automatic doors are push pad activated.
    • The door(s) is / are single.
    • The width of the door opening is 88cm (2ft 11in).
  • Comments
    • There are also double, manual doors, 182 cm wide, available at the entrance.

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 to the right, leading down from Lewisham Way.
  • The ramp/slope is easy.
  • The ramp/slope is permanent.
  • There is a level landing at the top of the ramp/slope.
  • There is a/are step(s) to access this area/service.
  • The step(s) is/are located in front of the entrance leading from Dixon Road.
  • There is/are 8 step(s) to the area/service.
  • There is not tactile paving at the top and bottom of the steps.
  • The step(s) is/are clearly marked.
  • The step(s) is/are deep (18cm+).
  • There is a/are handrail(s) at the step(s).
  • The handrail(s) is/are in the centre.

Outside Access (Rear Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located at the rear of the building, off Dixon Road.
  • There is not level access into the venue.
  • 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 71cm (2ft 4in).
  • Comments
    • A staff/ student swipe card is required for this entrance.
    • This entrance gives access to the IT Helpdesk and the media equipment centre.

Level Change (Rear Entrance)

  • There is a ramp/slope to access this area/service.
  • The ramp/slope does bypass the step(s).
  • The ramp/slope is located to the right of the entrance.
  • The ramp/slope is moderate.
  • 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.
  • The width of the ramp/slope is 120cm (3ft 11in).
  • There is a/are step(s) to access this area/service.
  • The step(s) is/are located to the left of the entrance.
  • There is/are 6 step(s) to the area/service.
  • The step(s) is/are not clearly marked.
  • The step(s) is/are medium height (11cm - 17cm).
  • There is a/are handrail(s) at the step(s).
  • The handrail(s) is/are on the right going up.

Reception (Main)

  • 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 high (110cm+).
  • 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 portable loop.
  • Staff are trained to use the system.
  • Comments
    • There are standard security barriers 51cm wide, and a wide barrier 89cm wide, located next to this reception desk.
    • Swipe card access is required to operate the barriers independently.

Inside Access

  • There is not level access to the service(s).
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.
  • This venue does not play background music.
  • The lighting levels are medium.
  • Comments
    • The area immediately beyond the reception is available for study or socialising and is open to the café.
    • Beyond this area is the self-service copying and printing area.

Level Change (Inside Access)

  • There is a ramp/slope to access this area/service.
  • The ramp/slope is located at the rear of the main foyer on the ground floor.
  • The ramp/slope is easy.
  • The ramp/slope is permanent.
  • Comments
    • The ramp leads to the Helpdesk, enquiry desk and rear lift and stairs.
    • There are also easy ramps in the same location on floors 1 and 2.

Other Floors (Staircase A)

  • Steps
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are G, 1 and 2.
    • The stairs are located through the glass door to the left of the ground floor lounge/cafe area.
    • The stairs are approximately 20m from the main entrance.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • There are manual, heavy, single doors to access the stairwell on all 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.
    • There is a second staircase - B - at the far end in the older part of the building, shown in photograph 2.

Lift (Stair Core A)

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located on the left hand side of the main foyer area.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are G, 1 and 2.
  • Wall mounted information boards are provided at lift landings.
  • There are manual, heavy, single doors to access the lift lobby on all floors.
  • The lift is approximately 38m (41yd 1ft) from the main entrance.
  • Staff do not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The dimensions of the lift are 110cm x 131cm (3ft 7in x 4ft 4in).
  • The clear door width is 80cm (2ft 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 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 second lift towards the rear of the venue off stair core B.
    • It is located 80m from the main entrance.

Reception (Library Helpdesk)

  • The desk/counter is 50m (54yd 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 low (76cm or lower).
  • The desk/counter is staffed.
  • There is a hearing assistance system.
  • The type of system is a fixed loop.
  • Opening Times
    • Monday 09:15 - 20:45.
    • Tuesday 09:15 - 20:45.
    • Wednesday 09:15 - 20:45.
    • Thursday 09:15 - 20:45.
    • Friday 09:15 - 20:45.
    • Saturday 11:30 - 19:15.
    • Sunday 11:30 - 19:15.

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 in audio format.
  • There is an ordering service.
  • The library does have computers with accessible software.
  • Auxiliary aids are available for computer users.
  • A large rollerball mouse and height adjustable table is / are available.
  • Other computer auxiliary aids include a scanner, CCTV, magnifiers.
  • Comments
    • The Assistive Technology Centre is located on the ground floor, just past the main reception on the left.
    • There are four private rooms each with computers off a main space and other computers in cubicles in the main room.
    • The height adjustable table is in Room 4.
    • The auxiliary aids are available here, as well as PC's with Claro Read, Dragon, Jaws, Supernova and Lightning Screen magnifier software loaded.
    • Claro Read is available on all open access computers in the library.

Restaurant Bar Internal (Library Cafe)

  • The following information is for the café.
  • Once inside, there is level access to the service.
  • Food or drinks are ordered from the counter.
  • Food or drinks can be brought to the table.
  • There is a lowered section at the service counter.
  • There is ample room for a wheelchair user to manoeuvre.
  • All tables are permanently fixed.
  • Some chairs are permanently fixed.
  • All chairs have armrests.
  • The nearest table is 20m (21yd 2ft) from the main entrance.
  • The distance between the floor and the lowest table is 71cm (2ft 4in).
  • Menus are wall only.
  • The type of food served here is drinks and snacks.
  • Comments
    • The café is on the left of the main ground floor seating area.
    • Food and drinks may be taken to any of the tables or sofa-style seating in this area.
    • Vending machines are available next to the café counter for when the café is closed.
  • Opening Times
    • Monday 08:30 - 20:30.
    • Tuesday 08:30 - 20:30.
    • Wednesday 08:30 - 20:30.
    • Thursday 08:30 - 20:30.
    • Friday 08:30 - 18:00.
    • Saturday 10:00 - 16:00.
    • Sunday 10:00 - 16:00.

Level Change (First Floor)

  • There is a/are step(s) to access this area/service.
  • The step(s) is/are located from the general first floor to the IT helpdesk area.
  • There is/are 7 step(s) to the area/service.
  • The lighting levels at the step(s) are medium.
  • The step(s) is/are clearly marked.
  • The step(s) is/are medium height (11cm - 17cm).
  • There is a/are handrail(s) at the step(s).
  • The handrail(s) is/are on the left going up.

Lift (Rear Entrance and IT Help Desk)

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located to the left of the IT Reception.
  • The lift is a platform lift.
  • The platform lift accesses a small level change.
  • The lift is approximately 6m (6yd 1ft) from the rear entrance.
  • Staff do need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The dimensions of the lift are 80cm x 129cm (2ft 7in x 4ft 3in).
  • The clear door width is 80cm (2ft 7in).
  • The controls for the lift are within 90cm - 120cm from the floor.
  • The lighting level in the lift is medium.

Reception (IT Help Desk)

  • The desk is 4m (4yd 1ft) from the platform lift.
  • There is level access to reception from the entrance.
  • This is by lift.
  • The lighting levels are medium.
  • The reception desk is low (76cm or lower).
  • The desk is generally staffed.
  • There is a hearing assistance system.
  • The type of system is a fixed loop.

Opening Times (Academic Skills Centre)

  • Access is by appointment only.

Entrance (Academic Skills Centre)

  • Entrance
    • This information is for the entrance located on the 1st floor.
    • There is step free access at this entrance, via lift.
    • The main door(s) open(s) away from you (push).
    • The door(s) is / are single.
    • The door(s) is / are heavy.
    • The width of the door opening is 73cm (2ft 5in).

Entrance (Academic Skills Centre Library Entrance)

  • Entrance
    • This information is for the entrance located within the library.
    • There is step free access at this entrance.
    • The main door(s) open(s) away from you (push).
    • The door(s) is / are double.
    • The door(s) is / are heavy.
    • The width of the door opening is 160cm (5ft 3in).

Inside Access (Academic Skills Centre)

  • There is level access to the service.
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.
  • This venue does not play background music.
  • The lighting levels are medium.
  • Comments
    • Appointments are booked via academicskills@gold.ac.uk.

Accessible Toilet (Ground Floor - Lift B)

  • Location and Access
    • Accessible toilet facilities are available.
    • The toilet is not for the sole use of disabled people.
    • There is tactile and pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 54m (59yd 2in) from the main entrance.
    • This accessible toilet is located on the ground floor, at the far end in the older part of the building, next to lift B.
    • There is a second, larger, accessible toilet with an outward opening door, on the ground floor, next to lift A. This toilet was out of order on the day of our visit (17.4.18) and was not available to be surveyed.
    • 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 inwards.
    • The door is locked by a lever twist.
    • The width of the accessible toilet door is 74cm (2ft 5in).
    • The door is light.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 155cm x 185cm (5ft 1in x 6ft 1in).
    • 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 75cm (2ft 6in).
    • 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 open waste paper 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 a shelf within the accessible toilet.
    • The shelf is not higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • 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 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 placed higher than 74cm (2ft 5in).
    • The height of the wash basin is 76cm (2ft 6in).
  • 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 good.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • The lighting levels are medium.

Accessible Toilet (First Floor - Lift A)

  • Location and Access
    • Accessible toilet facilities are available.
    • 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 3m (3yd 10in) from the lift.
    • This accessible toilet is located on the first floor, to the left on exiting lift A.
    • 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 86cm (2ft 10in).
    • The door is heavy.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 163cm x 222cm (5ft 4in x 7ft 3in).
    • 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 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • 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 general domestic waste 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 a shelf within the accessible toilet.
    • The shelf is not higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • 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 138cm (4ft 6in).
    • 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 121cm (3ft 12in).
    • 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 good.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • The lighting levels are bright.
  • Comments
    • The height of the paper towel dispenser is measured to the handle used to operate it.

Accessible Toilet (Second Floor - Lift A)

  • Location and Access
    • Accessible toilet facilities are available.
    • The toilet is not for the sole use of disabled people.
    • There is Braille and pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 3m (3yd 10in) from the lift.
    • This accessible toilet is located on the second floor, to the left on exiting lift A.
    • 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 inwards.
    • 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 163cm x 235cm (5ft 4in x 7ft 9in).
    • 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 101cm (3ft 4in).
    • 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 female sanitary and open waste paper 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 a shelf within the accessible toilet.
    • The shelf is not higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • 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 126cm (4ft 2in).
    • 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 121cm (3ft 12in).
    • 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 good.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • The lighting levels are bright.
  • Comments
    • The height of the paper towel dispenser is measured to the handle used to operate it.

Standard Toilet(s)

  • Availability and Location of Standard Toilets
    • Standard toilet facilities are available.
    • There are male and female standard toilets facilities on all floors.
  • Access to Standard Female and Male Toilet(s)
    • The female and male toilet facilities that were surveyed are located on the ground floor, next to lift A.
    • The female and male toilets are approximately 42m (45yd 2ft) from the main entrance.
    • Inside the venue, there is level access to the female and male toilets.
    • Lighting levels are medium.
  • Comments
    • Male and female toilets are also located by the far stairs (stair B) on the first and second floors.

Additional Info

  • 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
    • Disability Equality courses are run by Student Services. These are open to all staff, but are not compulsory.