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Streatham Tate Library

63 Streatham High Road, Streatham, London, SW16 1PN

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Introduction

  • Services / facilities within the building include Mark Bennett Hall and additional meeting rooms.
  • Comments
    • The Mark Bennett Hall is a large meeting room. It is available to hire, along with the first floor rooms.
    • There is also a regular programme of events in these rooms. Please contact the library for details.

Opening Times

  • Monday 13:00 - 20:00.
  • Tuesday 10:00 - 20:00.
  • Wednesday 10:00 - 20:00.
  • Thursday 10:00 - 18:00.
  • Friday 10:00 - 18:00.
  • Saturday 09:00 - 17:00.
  • Sunday 12:00 - 17:00.

Location

  • There is a bus stop within 150m (164yds) of the venue.
  • The nearest National Rail station is Streatham.
  • The nearest underground station is Tooting Bec.

Parking

  • The venue does not have its own car park.
  • Public Car Parks
    • There is not a car park for public use within 200m (approx).
  • On Street Parking and Drop-off Details
    • On street marked Blue Badge bays are available.
    • On street Blue Badge parking is located on Pinfold Road.
    • There is not a designated drop off point.
  • Comments
    • There are two further Blue Badge bays on the opposite side of Pinfold Road.
    • The bays are limited to three hours parking.
    • There is unrestricted on-street parking further along Pinfold Road.

Outside Access (Main Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located on Pinfold Road.
  • There is level access into the venue.
  • The main door(s) open(s) automatically.
  • The door(s) is / are double.
  • The width of the door opening is 125cm (4ft 1in).
  • Comments
    • There are security barriers immediately beyond the main entrance. The gap between the barriers is 100cm.

Reception

  • The desk/counter is 11m (12yd 1in) from the main entrance.
  • There is level access to the desk/counter from the entrance.
  • The desk/counter is medium height (77cm - 109cm).
  • The desk/counter has a low (76cm or lower) section.
  • The lighting levels are bright.
  • There is a hearing assistance system.
  • The type of system is a fixed loop.
  • Staff are trained to use the system.

Inside Access

  • There is not level access to the service(s).
  • This venue does not play background music.
  • Motorised scooters are allowed in public parts of the venue.
  • The lighting levels are bright.

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 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 text keyboard, large rollerball mouse and height adjustable chair is / are available.

Other Floors

  • Steps
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are G-1.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • The steps are not clearly marked.
    • The steps are medium (11cm - 17cm).
    • The steps do have handrails.
    • The steps have a handrail on the left going up.
    • There is not a landing.
    • The lighting levels are medium.
  • Comments
    • The stairs are through a door to the left of the library reception desk. After the first flight of stairs, there are a further 8, medium, clearly marked steps up to the meeting rooms. These steps have a handrail to the right.

Lift

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located to the left of the entrance foyer.
  • The lift is a platform lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are G-1.
  • The lift is approximately 3m (3yd 10in) from the main entrance.
  • Staff do need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The clear door width is 90cm (2ft 11in).
  • The dimensions of the lift are 100cm x 150cm (3ft 3in x 4ft 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 controls for the lift are within 90cm - 120cm from the floor.
  • The lift does have Braille markings.
  • The lift does have tactile markings.
  • The lighting level in the lift is medium.
  • Comments
    • From the first floor there is a second, similar platform lift to overcome the 8 steps up to the meeting rooms (photograph 2). There is a short, moderate ramp to enter this lift at first floor level. Both the lifts have manual, heavy doors.
    • A key is required to access the lift. It can be obtained from reception.

Accessible Toilet

  • Location and Access
    • There is an/are accessible toilet(s) within this venue designated for public use.
    • 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 4m (4yd 1ft) from the main entrance.
    • The accessible toilet is located to the left as you enter.
    • 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 outwards.
    • The door is locked by a twist lock.
    • The width of the accessible toilet door is 85cm (2ft 9in).
    • The door is heavy.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 148cm x 215cm (4ft 10in x 7ft 1in).
    • There is sufficient turning space in the cubicle for a wheelchair user.
    • There is a lateral transfer space.
    • As you face the toilet pan the transfer space is on the left.
    • The lateral transfer space is 61cm (2ft).
    • 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 alarm.
    • The emergency pull cord alarm is fully functional.
    • Disposal facilities are available in the cubicle.
    • 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 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 47cm (1ft 7in).
    • There is a hand dryer.
    • The hand dryer cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The hand dryer is placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • The height of the hand dryer is 103cm (3ft 5in).
    • 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 cannot 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 external door and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the internal 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 contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • The lighting levels are bright.
  • Baby Change Facilities
    • Baby change facilities are located within the venue.
    • Baby change facilities are located within the accessible toilet.
    • The height of the baby change table once extended is 91cm (2ft 12in).

Standard Toilet(s)

  • Availability and Location of Standard Toilets
    • Standard toilet facilities are available.
  • Access to Standard Female and Male Toilet(s)
    • The female and male toilet facilities that were surveyed are located to the rear right of the building.
    • The female and male toilets are 12m (13yd 4in) from the main entrance.
    • Inside the venue, there is not level access to the female and male toilets.
    • An ambulant toilet cubicle with wall mounted grab rails is available.
    • Lighting levels are bright.
  • Baby Change Facilities
    • Baby change facilities are located within the venue.
    • Baby change facilities are located within the standard female toilet.
    • The height of the baby change table once extended is 82cm (2ft 8in).
    • Inside the venue, there is not level access to the baby change facility.

Level Change (Mark Bennett Hall and Standard Toilets)

  • There is a ramp/slope to access this area/service.
  • The ramp/slope is located to the right as you enter.
  • 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.
  • The width of the ramp/slope is 102cm (3ft 4in).
  • There is a/are step(s) to access this area/service.
  • The step(s) is/are located to the right as you enter.
  • There is/are 3 step(s) to the area/service.
  • The lighting levels at the step(s) are bright.
  • 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 left going up.
  • The ramp/slope does bypass the step(s).

Outside Access (Access to Garden)

  • This information is for the entrance located to the rear right of the building.
  • There is level access into the venue.
  • 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 83cm (2ft 9in).
  • Comments
    • There is some seating with armrests on the decked patio area.

Additional Info

  • Staff do receive disability awareness / equality training.
  • A bowl of water can be provided for an assistance dog.
  • A member of staff trained in BSL skills is not normally on duty.
  • Home visits / services are available.