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Scottish Borders Campus Library

Heriot-Watt University, Scottish Borders Campus, Nether Road, Galashiels, TD1 3HF

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Introduction

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    • The Library is located on the ground floor of the building to the rear of the Arch.

Opening Times

  • Monday 08:45 - 21:45.
  • Tuesday 08:45 - 21:45.
  • Wednesday 08:45 - 21:45.
  • Thursday 08:45 - 21:45.
  • Friday 08:45 - 17:00.
  • Saturday 10:00 - 15:45.
  • Sunday Closed.

Location

  • The venue is situated outside the centre of the town.
  • This venue is situated in Galashiels.
  • The venue is not situated on a road which has a steep gradient.
  • The nearest mainline station is Edinburgh Waverley.
  • There is a bus stop within 150m (164yds) of the venue.

Parking

  • The venue does have its own car park.
  • Venue Car Park View
    • Parking is free for all users.
    • The car park is at the side of the venue.
    • The car park type is open air/surface.
    • Parking spaces for Blue Badge holders do not need to be booked in advance.
    • There are 4 designated parking bay(s) within the car park.
    • The dimensions of the designated parking bay(s) are 350cm x 480cm (11ft 6in x 15ft 9in).
    • The nearest designated bay is 32m (35yd) from the side entrance.
    • The furthest designated bay is 38m (42yd) from the side 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 dropped kerbs.
    • The car park surface is block paving.
    • There is a dropped kerb / non stepped access from the car park to the venue.
    • The dropped kerb does not have tactile paving.
    • The car park does not have a height restriction barrier.
  • On Street Parking and Drop-off Details View
    • There is not a designated drop off point.
  • Comments View
    • This parking area is located outside the side entrance. .

Outside Access (Side Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located at the side of the main building.
  • There is not level access into the venue.
  • The main doors open towards you (pull).
  • The doors are double width.
  • The doors are heavy.
  • The door opening is 166cm (5ft 5in) wide.
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    • This entrance gives external access to the corridor where the library is located.

Level Change (Side Entrance)

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

Outside Access (Library Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located on the ground floor.
  • There is level access into the venue.
  • The main doors open away from you (push).
  • The doors are double width.
  • The doors are heavy.
  • The door opening is 144cm (4ft 9in) wide.
  • Comments View
    • There are security barriers just beyond the doors.
    • The gap between barriers is 110cm.

Reception (Main Entrance)

  • The reception desk is 6m (19ft 8in) from the library entrance.
  • There is level access to reception from the entrance.
  • The reception desk is low height.
  • Lighting levels are medium.
  • There is a hearing assistance system.

Reception (First Floor - Enquiries)

  • The reception desk is 4m (13ft 1in) from the lift.
  • There is level access to reception from the entrance.
  • The reception desk is low height.
  • Lighting levels are bright.
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.

Inside Access

  • There is level access to the service.
  • Lighting levels are bright.
  • Motorised scooters are allowed in public parts of the venue.

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 on tape or disc.
  • There is an ordering service.
  • The library does have computers with accessible software.
  • Equipment available for people with a visual impairment includes a screen magnifier.

Other Floors

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are G-1.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • The lighting level is bright.
    • 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.

Lift

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located to the left as you enter the library.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are G-1.
  • The lift is 21m (23yd) from library entrance.
  • The clear door width is 80cm (2ft 7in).
  • The dimensions of the lift are 108cm x 148cm (3ft 7in x 4ft 10in).
  • 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 not have a visual floor indicator.
  • The lift does not 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 low.

Accessible Toilet

  • Accessible toilet facilities are located in the atrium of the Arch.

Standard Toilet(s)

  • Availability and Location of Standard Toilets View
    • Standard toilets are available.
  • Access to Standard Female and Male Toilet(s) View
    • The female and male toilets are located off the rear of the library.
    • The female and male toilets are 40m (44yd) from the library entrance.
    • Inside the venue, there is level access to the female and male toilet.
    • Lighting levels are bright.
  • Baby Change Facilities View
    • Baby change facilities are located within the venue.
    • Baby change facilities are located in the corridor outside the library.
    • The height of the baby change table once extended is 76cm (2ft 6in).
    • Inside the venue, there is level access to the baby change facility.

Additional Info

  • Staff do receive disability awareness / equality training.
  • Documents can be requested in Braille.
  • Documents can be requested in large print.