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Maughan Library

Strand Campus, Chancery Lane, London, WC2A 1LR

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Location

  • The venue is situated outside the centre of the campus.
  • This venue is situated in the Strand Campus.
  • The venue is not situated on a road which has a steep gradient.
  • The nearest mainline station is City Thameslink Rail.
  • There is a bus stop within 150m (164yds) of the venue.
  • The nearest underground station is Chancery Lane.

Parking (Blue Badge Parking)

  • The venue does have its own car park.
  • Venue Car Park
    • Parking is free for all users.
    • The car park is at the front of the venue.
    • The car park type is open air/surface.
    • Parking spaces for Blue Badge holders do need to be booked in advance.
    • There are 3 designated parking bay(s) within the car park.
    • The dimensions of the designated parking bay(s) are 290cm x 700cm (9ft 6in x 22ft 12in).
    • The nearest designated bay is 20m (21yd 2ft) from the main entrance.
    • The furthest designated bay is 34m (37yd 7in) 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 cobbles.
    • The car park surface is tarmac.
    • There is a dropped kerb / non stepped access from the car park to the venue.
    • The dropped kerb does not have tactile paving.
    • The patron does have to cross a road.
    • The road is generally quiet.
    • The car park does not have a height restriction barrier.
  • On Street Parking and Drop-off Details
    • There is not a designated drop off point.
  • Comments
    • Access to the car park is via gates from Chancery Lane.
    • Prior booking is required for these gates to be opened.

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 doors open towards you (pull).
  • The doors are double width.
  • The doors are permanently held open.
  • The door opening is 120cm (3ft 11in) wide.

Level Change (Main Entrance)

  • There is a ramp or slope to access this service.
  • The ramp or slope is located leading to the entrance.
  • The ramp or slope is moderate.
  • The ramp or slope is permanent.
  • The width of the ramp or slope is 90cm (2ft 11in).
  • There are steps to access this area / service.
  • The steps are located leading to the entrance.
  • There is / are 6 step(s) to the area / service.
  • The steps are clearly marked.
  • The steps are medium.
  • The steps do have handrails.
  • The handrails are in the centre.
  • Comments
    • The ramp overcomes the steps.

Level Change (Beyond the Entrance)

  • There are steps to access this area / service.
  • The steps are located beyond the entrance.
  • There is / are 5 step(s) to the area / service.
  • The steps are clearly marked.
  • The steps are medium.
  • The steps do have handrails.
  • The handrails are on both sides.
  • There is a standard and / or platform lift to access this service.
  • The lift does bypass the steps.
  • Comments
    • There are standard width security barriers before the steps.

Lift (Platform lift)

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located through the black door to the right as you enter.
  • The lift is a platform lift.
  • The platform lift accesses a small level change.
  • The weight limit for the lift is 300 kg.
  • The lift is approximately 5m (5yd 1ft) from the main entrance.
  • Staff do need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The dimensions of the lift are 110cm x 140cm (3ft 7in x 4ft 7in).
  • The clear door width is 90cm (2ft 11in).
  • 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 not have a visual floor indicator.
  • The lift does not have an audible announcer.
  • 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
    • This lift bypasses the security barriers at the main entrance.

Reception

  • The desk is 19m (20yd 2ft) 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.
  • There is a hearing assistance system.
  • The type of system is a fixed loop.
  • Staff are not trained to use system.

Inside Access

  • There is level access to the service.
  • There is a hearing assistance system.
  • The system is a portable loop.
  • Staff are trained to use the system.
  • Lighting levels are adjustable.
  • Motorised scooters are allowed in public parts of the venue.

Other Floors

  • Steps
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are LG-G-1-1M-2-2M-T1-T2-T3-T4-T5.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • The lighting level is medium.
    • The steps are clearly marked.
    • The steps are medium.
    • The steps do have handrails.
    • The steps have a handrail on both sides.
    • There is a landing.
  • Other
    • The services on the floors which are not accessible are the study carrels on the fifth floor of the tower.

Lift (Clock Tower Lift - Lift 2)

  • The lift is located on the left of the building.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are LG-G-1-1M-2-2M-T1-T2-T3-T4.
  • The lift is 24m (26yd) from platform lift.
  • The dimensions of the lift are 115cm x 170cm (3ft 9in x 5ft 7in).
  • The clear door width is 90cm (2ft 11in).
  • 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 controls do have Braille markings.
  • The lift controls do have tactile markings.
  • The controls for the lift are within reach for a wheelchair user.
  • The lighting level in the lift is medium.
  • Comments
    • There are 2 identical lifts, however only lift 2 gives access to the clock tower.

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 not have a regular supply of books on tape or disc.
  • The library does have computers with accessible software.
  • Auxiliary aids are available for computer users.
  • A large text keyboard and height adjustable table is / are available.
  • Other computer auxiliary aids include Read and Write, Inspiration, ABBYY FineReader and Dragon.
  • Equipment available for people with a visual impairment includes Topaz video magnifier.
  • Comments
    • Please see the link in the introduction for details of opening times and other information.
    • The library has a Braille machine and a re-formatting service.

Restaurant Bar Internal

  • The following information is for the cafe.
  • Once inside, there is level access to the service.
  • Full table service is not available.
  • Food or drinks are ordered from the counter.
  • Food or drinks can be brought to the table.
  • There is not a lowered section at the service counter.
  • There is ample room for a wheelchair user to manoeuvre.
  • No tables are permanently fixed.
  • Some chairs are permanently fixed.
  • No chairs have armrests.
  • The nearest table is 9m (9yd 2ft) from the clock tower lift.
  • The distance between the floor and the lowest table is 71cm (2ft 4in).
  • The distance between the floor and the highest table is 105cm (3ft 5in).
  • Menus are wall only.
  • Menus are clearly written.
  • Menus are presented in contrasting colours.
  • The type of food served here is hot and cold snacks.

Accessible Toilet

  • There are accessible toilets within this venue designated for public use.
  • Location and Access
    • The toilet is not for the sole use of disabled people.
    • There is pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.
    • The accessible toilet is 50m (54yd 2ft) from the platform lift.
    • The accessible toilet is located on the left of the building.
    • There is level access to the 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 twist lock.
    • The width of the accessible toilet door is 86cm (2ft 10in).
    • The door weight is light.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 180cm x 185cm (5ft 11in x 6ft 1in).
    • Floor manoeuvring space is clear 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 110cm (3ft 7in).
    • There is a dropdown rail on the transfer side.
    • There is not a flush on the transfer side.
    • The tap type is lever.
    • There is a mixer tap.
    • There is a functional emergency alarm available.
    • It is not a push button style of alarm.
    • Disposal facilities are available in the cubicle.
    • There is a coat hook.
    • The coat hook is not within 120cm (3ft 11in) from floor level.
  • Position of Fixtures
    • Wall mounted 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 are mirrors.
    • 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 46cm (1ft 6in).
    • 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 placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • The toilet roll holder is 130cm (4ft 3in) high.
    • There is a sink.
    • The sink can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The sink 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 grab rails and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the drop down rails and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • The lighting levels are medium.
  • Comments
    • There are further accessible toilets on all floors.
    • Those on the first and second floors near lifts 1 and 2 have the transfer space to the right.

Standard Toilet(s)

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.