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Dunfermline Carnegie Library and Galleries

1-7 Abbot Street, Dunfermline, Fife, KY12 7NL

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Summary

  • For information about the opening hours please click here.
  • Amenities at this site include: a reception, a café, a museum, formal gardens and a shop.
  • There is not onsite parking available here and there is a public car park nearby.
  • The most accessible entrance has a slight ramp/slope, steps and automatic doors.
  • The entrance surveyed is the to the right side of the building from St Margaret's Street.
  • The building has 4 floors once inside.
  • There is step free access once inside with lift access to other floors.
  • There is stepped or platform lift access to the upper level of the Reading Room.
  • There is a member of staff available for help and assistance.
  • This venue also has the following available: audio format information, a hearing assistance system which is not signed, facilities for assistance dogs, a virtual tour, maps and an accessible route map.
  • The following mobility aids are available to borrow: a wheelchair. For more information on any hire fees or booking requirements, please contact the venue.
  • At the time of our visit the hearing assistance system was not working.
  • Toilet and changing facilities available include: an accessible toilet for the use of everyone, step free standard toilets and a Changing Places facility.
  • There is/are 3 toilet(s) designated as accessible.
  • The accessible toilet surveyed can be found on the upper ground floor.
  • This accessible toilet surveyed is approximately 5m from the lift.
  • The accessible toilets can be found on the upper ground floor, the first floor and the upper first floor.
  • The standard toilets can be found on all floors.
  • The standard toilets surveyed can be found on the upper ground floor.

Parking

  • This venue does not have a car park.
  • Nearby parking includes: public car parks.
  • There is not a designated drop-off point.
  • There are two public car parks close to the venue.
    St Margaret Street Car Park 1 has a single Blue Badge bay. The Blue Badge bay measures 245cm x 490cm and has no marked zones at the sides or rear.
    St Margaret Street car park 2 has no Blue Badge bays.

Public Transport

  • There is not a bus stop within approximately 150m of the venue.
  • The bus station is located in Queen Anne Street, which is approximately 160 metres from the venue.
  • The nearest train station is Dunfermline.

Outdoor Spaces (Gardens)

  • Access Point View
    • This information is for the access point located to the right as you approach the entrance to the building.
    • There is step-free level access at this access point.
    • There is open access to the area.
  • Outdoor Spaces View
    • The following outdoor facilities are available: formal gardens.
    • Surfaces for the outdoor spaces include: grass and concrete or tarmac.
    • Footpaths are available in some of the outdoor space.
    • The majority of the paths are wide enough for wheelchair users.
    • There are slight slopes without handrails in the main areas .
    • There are some bench seats situated along the paths for people to rest.

Entrance

  • The entrance surveyed is located to the right of the building.
  • There is ramped/sloped or stepped access at this entrance.
  • The ramp has a slight gradient and a width between 75cm and 150cm .
  • The ramp has handrails on both sides.
  • There are 6 steps.
  • The steps are clearly marked with handrails on both sides.
  • The ramp overcomes the step.
  • This entrance has an intercom.
  • Positioned at a recommended height: the intercom (between 75cm - 100cm).
  • There are double automatic doors which open towards you.
  • The doors are activated by a push pad at a suitable height for seated users (between 75cm - 100cm).
  • The width of the opening is 210cm.
  • There is not a second set of doors.

Reception (Welcome Pod)

  • There is step-free level access to this reception.
  • The height of the reception counter is 96cm.
  • There is not a low level desk or counter at the recommended height for wheelchair users (between 76cm - 86cm).
  • The reception is placed in front of a patterned background.
  • Lighting levels are good at this reception.
  • There is background noise here which varies, depending on the time of day.
  • The counter does not have a hearing assistance system.
  • The welcome pod is to provide assistance and guidance to visitors of the venue.

Reception (Main Reception)

  • There is step-free level access to this reception.
  • The height of the reception counter is 90cm.
  • There is a low level desk or counter at the recommended height for wheelchair users (between 76cm - 86cm).
  • Lighting levels are good at this reception.
  • There is background noise here which varies, depending on the time of day.
  • The counter has a hearing assistance system which is not signed.

Getting Around

  • There is step-free access via lift, throughout the majority of the venue.
  • There are a mixture of chairs with and without armrests, bench seats and sofas throughout the building.
  • All flooring in the area is smooth and even.
  • Some of the flooring in the venue has a very shiny finish, which could cause issues with glare or look slippery.
  • Lighting levels are low in some areas.
  • There is background noise here which varies, depending on the time of day.
  • The building does not have a hearing assistance system.
  • There are portable / foldup chairs available within the venue and upon request.

Lift (Main Lift)

  • A member of staff does not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are Lower Ground (LG), Upper Ground (UG), First Floor (1) and Upper First (1+).
  • Externally the lift has: buttons with a high colour contrast to the surroundings, controls at a recommended height range (between 90cm - 110cm) and a door with a high colour contrast to the surroundings.
  • The lift door opening width is 90cm.
  • The dimensions of the lift are 140cm x 156cm.
  • Internally the lift has: an audible announcer, buttons with a medium colour contrast to the surroundings, tactile markings, a visual floor indicator, a mirror to aid reversing and Braille markings.
  • The good contrast between the door and the surroundings is due the lighting strips either side of the door.

Stairs

  • The floors which are accessible by stairs are Lower Ground (LG), Upper Ground (UG), First Floor (1) and Upper First (1+).
  • The number of steps between floors varies from at least 10.
  • The steps are clearly marked with handrails on both sides.

Tour

  • The tour is self-guided but guides are available to provide additional information.
  • There is step-free access throughout the tour, via lift.
  • The majority of walkways are 150cm+ wide.
  • There is background noise which varies, depending on the time of day.
  • The following may be experienced on the tour: lighting effects.
  • Tour information includes the following formats: audio description, handheld information devices, touchscreens, information board, tactile, pictorial and television/screen.
  • Floor plans/maps are available for the tour route.
  • There are a mixture of chairs with and without armrests, sofas and bench seats at regular intervals along the tour.
  • There are folding seats/stools available to take around the tour.
  • All flooring along the tour route is smooth and even.
  • Some of the flooring has a very shiny finish, which could cause issues with glare or look slippery.
  • Lighting levels are low along parts of the tour route.
  • The tour starts from the lower ground floor receptions desks.
    Within the hours the venue is open, the duration of the self-guided tour is not restricted.
    There are a number of rooms of various dimensions and uses that are available internally and externally to use or hire.

Shop (Lower Ground Floor - Gift Shop)

  • There is a manual door which is permanently held open and has a high colour contrast.
  • The width of the door opening is 295cm.
  • The majority of aisle widths are 150cm+.
  • All flooring in the shop is smooth and even.
  • There is step-free level access to the till(s).
  • The height of the counter is 90cm.
  • There is not a low level till at the recommended height for seated users (between 76cm - 86cm).
  • The checkout area is placed in front of a patterned background.
  • The till does not have a hearing assistance system.
  • Services/facilities available in the shop include: a portable card machine for payment, a member of staff to provide assistance and a standard wheelchair to borrow.
  • There is background noise here which varies, depending on the time of day.
  • During opening hours the door in held open.

Library (Lower Ground Floor)

  • This library is able to provide material in the following formats: large print and audio.
  • There is an ordering service.
  • The library does have computers with accessible software, including: NVDA.
  • Auxiliary aids are available for computer users, including: height adjustable chairs and wrist rests.
  • Equipment available for those with a visual/sensory impairment includes: electronic/digital magnifier.

Reception (Lower Ground Floor - Reading Library)

  • There is step-free level access to this reception.
  • The height of the reception counter is 73cm.
  • There is not a low level desk or counter at the recommended height for wheelchair users (between 76cm - 86cm).
  • The reception is placed in front of a patterned background.
  • Lighting levels are low at this reception.
  • There is no (or very little) background noise here.
  • The counter does not have a hearing assistance system.

Lift (Reading Library Lift)

  • This lift is a platform lift (staff assistance required).
  • A member of staff needs to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The lift overcomes a small level change.
  • Externally the lift has: buttons with a high colour contrast to the surroundings, a door with a low colour contrast to the surroundings and controls at a recommended height range (between 90cm - 110cm).
  • The lift door opening width is 110cm.
  • The dimensions of the lift are 115cm x 120cm.
  • Internally the lift has: buttons with a high colour contrast to the surroundings, a separate door to exit and controls at a recommended height range (between 90cm - 110cm).

Eating and Drinking (Upper Ground Floor - Granary)

  • This is a café which serves hot and cold meals and snacks.
  • There is step-free level access to this area.
  • There is a counter where food and drink can be ordered.
  • Menu types include; handheld menus.
  • Menus are easy to read.
  • The following are available here: drinking straws and takeaway cups.
  • Lighting levels are good here.
  • There is background noise here which varies, depending on the time of day.
  • There is a low level counter at the recommended height for wheelchair users (between 76cm - 86cm).
  • The seating area has: room for a wheelchair user to manoeuvre (150cm x 150cm), tables which are accessible to wheelchair users, bench seats and a mixture of chairs with and without armrests.
  • The seating area does not have: a priority table.
  • Tables are at a recommended height for wheelchair users (between 70cm - 80cm).
  • The following furniture is permanently fixed: some of the chairs.
  • All flooring in the area is smooth and even.
  • Some of the flooring has a very shiny finish, which could cause issues with glare or look slippery.

Changing Places (Lower Ground Floor)

  • Location and Access View
    • The facility is additional to standard and accessible toilets, and is not located close to other managed facilities.
    • There is not a sign at the entrance to the Changing Places facility indicating the location of the nearest toilets and baby changing facilities.
    • There is step-free level access to the facility.
    • There is pictorial signage on or near the door.
    • There is a manual door which opens outwards and has a high colour contrast.
    • The width of the door is 87cm (2ft 10in).
    • The door has a locking handle (with a RADAR key to access).
    • The door does not have a horizontal grab rail.
    • The dimensions of the facility are 325cm x 470cm.
    • The ceiling height is at a minimum height of 2.4m and there is a clear 200cm x 180cm manoeuvring space in the facility.
    • The facility has a non-slip floor.
  • Toilet Details View
    • There are lateral transfer spaces on both sides of the toilet seat but they are obstructed.
    • The transfer space on the right as you face the toilet is 255cm (8ft 4in).
    • The transfer space on the left as you face the toilet is 79cm (2ft 7in).
    • The following grab rails are available: a vertical grab rail on the transfer side and vertical grab rails on both sides of the wash basin.
    • There is a dropdown rail on both sides of the seat.
    • The following have a high colour contrast with their surroundings: all grab rails, the floor, the toilet seat, the internal door and both dropdown rails.
    • The toilet seat is 47cm from the floor.
    • There is a spatula flush on the transfer side.
    • There is a pull cord emergency alarm at a recommended height for a seated user (within 10cm from the floor).
    • The height of the toilet roll holder is 99cm.
    • The toilet has a cistern.
  • Changing Bench and Hoist Details View
    • The facility changing bench is free standing and height-adjustable.
    • The length of the facility changing bench is 179cm (5ft 10in).
    • The changing places hoist is powered overhead and covers the changing bench and the toilet.
  • Shower Details View
    • There is an adjustable, detachable shower head not at a recommended height (between 105cm - 185cm).
    • There is no seat for the shower.
    • The following dropdown rails are available: no dropdown rails.
  • Other Facilities View
    • There is a fixed height wash basin (not at a recommended height range).
    • The wash basin tap type is lever mixer.
    • The wash basin is 79cm from the floor.
    • The following fixtures can be reached from the toilet seat: the toilet roll holder.
    • The following fixtures cannot be reached from the toilet seat: the wash basin, towel dispenser and hand dryer.
    • The towel dispenser is 95cm from the floor.
    • The hand dryer is 99cm from the floor.
    • The cubicle also has: a full length mirror, a nappy/incontinence items bin, a sanitary bin and a privacy screen.
    • There is a shelf located where it is reachable.
    • The shelf is positioned between 85cm and 105cm and does not have minimum dimensions of 12.5cm x 40cm.
    • The coat hooks for seated users and standing users are at the recommended height.
    • Wide tear off paper roll is not available.
    • There is not a flashing fire alarm beacon within the toilet.
    • The lighting levels are good.

Accessible Toilet (Upper Ground Floor - Left Hand Transfer)

  • This accessible toilet is located on the upper ground floor, next to the lift.
  • There is step-free level access into the accessible toilet.
  • This accessible toilet is approximately 5m from the lift.
  • There is pictorial signage on or near the door.
  • There is a manual door which opens outwards and has a good colour contrast.
  • The door has a twist lock.
  • The width of the accessible toilet door opening is 77cm.
  • The dimensions of the cubicle are 140cm x 230cm and it does not have a 150cm x 150cm turning space.
  • There is a lateral transfer space to the left of the toilet seat but it is obstructed.
  • The lateral transfer space is 77cm from the side of the toilet pan to the wall.
  • There is a spatula flush on the non transfer side.
  • The following grab rails are available: vertical grab rails on both sides of the wash basin, a horizontal grab rail on the door, a vertical grab rail on the transfer side and a horizontal grab rail on the non transfer side.
  • There is a dropdown rail on the transfer side.
  • The following fixtures can be reached from the toilet seat: the toilet roll holder, the wash basin and the soap dispenser.
  • The following fixtures cannot be reached from the toilet seat: towel dispenser and hand dryer.
  • The height of the toilet seat above floor level is 48cm.
  • The height of the toilet roll holder is 91cm.
  • The wash basin tap type is lever mixer.
  • The height of the wash basin is 78cm.
  • The height of the soap dispenser is 96cm.
  • The height of the towel dispenser is 111cm.
  • The height of the hand dryer is 97cm.
  • There is a pull cord emergency alarm at a recommended height for seated users (within 10cm from the floor).
  • There is a shelf located where it is reachable.
  • The shelf is positioned between 85cm and 105cm and does not have minimum dimensions of 12.5cm x 40cm.
  • The height of the coat hook is 140cm from the floor.
  • The cubicle also has: a full length mirror, a waste bin with lid, a nappy/incontinence items bin and a sanitary bin.
  • The following have a good colour contrast with their surroundings: the internal door, all grab rails, the dropdown rail and the floor.
  • The following have a less clear colour contrast with their surroundings: the toilet seat.

Standard Toilet(s) (Upper Ground Floor - Next to Lift)

  • There is step-free level access into the toilet(s).
  • There is a manual door which opens outwards and has a low colour contrast.
  • The shared standard toilet was surveyed.
  • The wash basin tap type is lever mixer.

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