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York Explore Library

Library Square, York, YO1 7DS

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Location

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

Opening Times

  • Monday 09:00 - 20:00.
  • Tuesday 09:00 - 20:00.
  • Wednesday 09:00 - 20:00.
  • Thursday 09:00 - 20:00.
  • Friday 10:00 - 18:00.
  • Saturday 09:00 - 17:00.
  • Sunday 11:00 - 16:00.

Parking

  • The venue does not have its own car park.
  • The car park is located at the front of the building.

Outside Access (Main Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located to the front of the building.
  • There is not level access into the venue.
  • The main door(s) open(s) away from you (push).
  • The door(s) is / are double.
  • The door(s) is / are permanently held open.
  • The width of the door opening is 150cm (4ft 11in).
  • Second set of doors View
    • There is a second set of doors.
    • The door(s) open(s) towards you (pull).
    • The door(s) is / are double.
    • The door(s) is / are permanently held open.
    • The width of the door opening is 150cm (4ft 11in).
  • Comments View
    • There is a third set of doors at this entrance.
    • The doors open automatically.
    • The doors are double.
    • The width of the door opening is 116cm.

Level Change (Main Entrance)

  • There is a ramp/slope to access this area/service.
  • The ramp/slope is located beyond the entrance.
  • The ramp/slope is steep.
  • 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.

Reception (Library)

  • The desk/counter is 20m (21yd 2ft) 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 medium.
  • There is a hearing assistance system.
  • The type of system is a fixed loop.
  • Staff are trained to use the system.
  • Comments View
    • There is seating at the reception desk.
    • Some of the seating is sofas with armrests either side.

Inside Access

  • There is 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 medium.

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 rollerball mouse, height adjustable table and height adjustable chair is / are available.
  • Other computer auxiliary aids include an Aladdin reading machine.
  • Equipment available for people with a visual impairment includes Supernova, magnifiying glasses.
  • Comments View
    • There is a self-issue/self-return area.
    • The height to the top of the touchscreens is 139cm.
    • The height of the card scanner is 96cm.
    • The height of the book scanner is 75cm.
    • The height of the coin slot is 84cm - 93cm.
    • The height to the card payment pinpad is 113cm - 120cm.
    • A high contrast option is available on the touchscreen.
    • The text size can be increased on the touchscreen.
    • There are children's computers.
    • The height of the children's computer desks is 72cm.
    • There is a catalogue computer in the archives and local history room.
    • The height of the computer desk is 92cm.
    • The computer has a moveable screen.
    • There is a Bookeye scanner in the archives and local history room.

Eating and Drinking

  • The following information is for the cafe.
  • The cafe is located to the right of the main library room as you enter.
  • Full table service is not available.
  • Food or drinks are ordered from the service counter.
  • Food or drinks can be brought to the table.
  • There is not a lowered section at the counter.
  • No tables are permanently fixed.
  • No chairs are permanently fixed.
  • Some chairs have armrests.
  • The nearest table is approximately 20m (21yd 2ft) from the main entrance.
  • The distance between the floor and the lowest table is 72cm (2ft 4in).
  • The distance between the floor and the highest table is 93cm (3ft 1in).
  • The standard height for tables is 72cm.
  • There is ample room for a wheelchair user to manoeuvre.
  • Plastic / takeaway cups are not available.
  • Plastic / takeaway cutlery is available.
  • Drinking straws are available.
  • Menus are wall only.
  • Menus are not available in Braille.
  • Menus are not available in large print.
  • Picture menus are not available.
  • Menus are clearly written.
  • Menus are presented in contrasting colours.
  • The type of food served here is snacks and sandwiches.

Other Floors

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are G-1.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • The steps are clearly marked.
    • The steps are medium (11cm - 17cm).
    • The steps do have handrails.
    • There is a landing.
    • The lighting levels are medium.
  • Comments View
    • There are two identical sets of lower stairs, either side of the entrance corridor.
    • The handrails for the lower section of the stairs is on the same side as the entrance corridor.
    • The upper section of the stairs has handrails on both sides.

Lift

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located to the right as you enter the building.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are G-1.
  • The lift is approximately 17m (18yd 1ft) from the main entrance.
  • Staff do not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The clear door width is 80cm (2ft 7in).
  • The dimensions of the lift are 110cm x 140cm (3ft 7in x 4ft 7in).
  • There are not separate entry and exit doors in the lift.
  • 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 controls for the lift are within 90cm - 120cm from the floor.
  • The lift does not have Braille markings.
  • The lift does have tactile markings.
  • The lighting level in the lift is medium.

Level Change (Marriott and Brierley Rooms)

  • There is a ramp/slope to access this area/service.
  • The ramp/slope is located on the left of the main library, leading to the Marriott and Brierley Rooms.
  • 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.

Reception (Archives and Local History)

  • The desk/counter is 14m (15yd 11in) from the lift.
  • There is level access to the desk/counter from the entrance.
  • The desk/counter is high (110cm+).
  • The desk/counter has a low (76cm or lower) section.
  • The lighting levels are medium.
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.
  • Comments View
    • There is seating opposite the reception desk.
    • The seats are sofas with armrests on both sides.

Changing Places - Update December 2017

  • The Changing Places facility is currently out of use and closed (December 2017).

Changing Places

  • Location and access View
    • The facility is located at the rear of the library.
    • The facility is approximately 40m (43yd 2ft) from the main entrance.
    • There is level access to the facility.
  • Dimensions and features View
    • You do not need a key for the facility.
    • The door opens inwards.
    • The width of the door is 79cm (2ft 7in).
    • The dimensions of the facility are 210cm x 470cm (6ft 11in x 15ft 5in).
    • The facility changing bench height is adjustable.
    • The facility changing bench is free standing.
    • The length of the facility changing bench is 165cm (5ft 5in).
    • The facility hoist is powered overhead.
    • The overhead hoist covers all areas in cubicle.
    • The sling is attached to the hoist by hook.
    • The facility toilet is peninsular.
    • The transfer space on the left as you face the toilet is 120cm (3ft 11in).
    • The transfer space on the right as you face the toilet is 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • Drop down rails are provided.
    • As you face the toilet the drop down rail(s) is/are on both sides.
    • The type of wash basin is fixed.
    • Wall mounted grab rails are available at the wash basin.
    • As you face the wash basin, the wall mounted grab rails are on both sides.
    • Disposal facilities are available.
    • A privacy screen is not available.
    • Wide tear off paper roll is available.
    • The facility has a non slip floor.
    • A functioning emergency alarm is not available.
    • It is out of reach (higher than 10cm (4") from the floor).
  • Comments View
    • There is a baby change table in the changing place.
    • The height of the baby change table when extended is 89cm.

Accessible Toilet

  • There are accessible toilet facilities within this venue.
  • Location and Access View
    • The toilet is not for the sole use of disabled people.
    • There is Braille, tactile and pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.
    • This accessible toilet is located on the first floor, ahead as you exit the lift.
    • There is not level access to this accessible toilet.
  • Features and Dimensions View
    • This is a unisex toilet.
    • A key is required for the accessible toilet.
    • The key is a radar key.
    • The key can be obtained from reception.
    • The door opens outwards.
    • The door is locked by a locking handle.
    • The width of the accessible toilet door is 86cm (2ft 10in).
    • The door is light.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 160cm x 236cm (5ft 3in x 7ft 9in).
    • 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 77cm (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 alarm.
    • The emergency pull cord alarm is fully functional.
    • Disposal facilities are available in the cubicle.
    • There is a/are female sanitary disposal units.
    • There is a/are coat hook(s).
    • The coat hook is not within 120cm (3ft 11in) from floor level.
  • 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 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 placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • The height of the hand dryer is 110cm (3ft 7in).
    • 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 cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The wash basin is not placed higher than 74cm (2ft 5in).
  • Colour Contrast and Lighting View
    • 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 medium.

Level Change (Accessible Toilet, Standard Toilets and Baby Change)

  • There is a ramp/slope to access this area/service.
  • The ramp/slope is located on the first floor, opposite 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.
  • The width of the ramp/slope is 125cm (4ft 1in).

Standard Toilet(s)

Baby Change

  • The baby change facility is located on the first floor, ahead as you exit the lift.
  • The baby change is 7m from the lift.
  • The height of the baby change table is 93cm.
  • There is a standard toilet in the baby change.
  • There is a sink in the baby change.
  • The height of the sink is 93cm.
  • The taps are sensor mixer.
  • There is a hand dryer.
  • The height of the hand dryer is 108cm.
  • There are disposal facilities.
  • The lighting is medium.
  • There is not level access to the baby change.

Additional Info

  • Staff do receive disability awareness / equality training.
  • Documents are not available in Braille.
  • Documents are not available in large print.
  • A bowl of water can be provided for an assistance dog.