Great accessible library with excellent study space
This review is especially helpful for those who have or use the following: Powerchair
A key building at UEA's campus with good accessibility and great staff
Transport & Parking
The main carp ark has multiple accessible bays. Next to that is the main bus stop. The buses all have ramps and kneeling suspension and 1 wheelchair space. These both lie at the top of a hill looking down on man campus. If you are using a manual wheelchair you'll need to be quite fit to get up the hill.
You enter the library at "Walkway Level" which is level access all the way from the car park. The front door is powered and uses a push pad. Out of hours you will need a Campus Card to access it. The library can be used by the public - you can get a day pass with photo ID and proof of address, The library is accessed via Campus Card activated barriers, easily wide enough for a wheelchair. Good lighting, both natural and artificial. Good signage. Most corridor doors are on hold opens or powered up , unfortunately a few aren't and they can be heavy. 2 narrow but deep lifts in older part of library access all 6 floors, have mirrors. I small lift in newer part of library with mirror. Computers only accessible by UEA staff and students. Study rooms for individuals or small groups are bookable. Main help desk has high counter. Books and journals stored on shelving that gets quite high. Staff will get you books if you can't reach.
3 accessible loos but can be a challenge to find. Loo on floor 01 (1st basement) next to the main lifts shaft, is small and narrow and not suitable if you need a carer. Although there are grab rails there isn't one that drops down beside the loo. Has an alarm cord and a mirror. 2 loos on floor 02 (2nd basement). One is in the old library down a series of corridors with powered doors. Its a reasonable size with grab rails, alarm cord and mirror. The second is in the newer part of the library round the corner from the new lift. Has foldaway light changing table. Good room, grab rails, alarm cord
Staff are very helpful. They will get you books and journals if you can't reach or carry. They are also very expert and an incredible resource in themselves.
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Great University library, fabulous resource for all staff and students. Really good access overall.