One of Dundee’s oldest libraries is also set to become one of its most accessible, as plans are in the pipeline to install more disabled-friendly features.
Leisure and Culture Dundee (LACD) has put forward proposals that will provide access for disabled people to the whole of Coldside Community Library.
The installation of a new lift at the rear, and some other internal revisions, will make the 110-year-old, A-listed building accessible to all.
Judy Dobbie, head of library and information services at LACD, said: “We know how important libraries are to everyone in our communities and we are working with Dundee City Council to have an accessible toilet with baby changing facilities on the ground floor and lift access to the upper floor.
“A new meeting room is to be built which will provide a private space for our health, social care and employability partners.
“Coldside Library will be more accessible and enable us to deliver more events and services, ensuring that everyone in the community can access all our facilities including book lending, free internet, children’s activities and reading groups.”
Alongside the new lift, a new disabled toilet will be installed on the ground floor, with another installed on the first floor alongside the library’s existing facilities.
The library’s current reception desk will be replaced with a new, lower unit that is compliant with discrimination laws.
While the work will have to be approved by planning officers at Dundee City Council before it can go ahead, it is thought the scheme will be met with little resistance.
A note in the planning application said early feedback from the authority indicated that the proposals were “satisfactory”.
The move has been welcomed by disability charity Pamis (Promoting A More Inclusive Society).
However, Fiona Harper, business and development director at Pamis, called on LACD to consider adding a “Changing Places” toilet to the plans which can accommodate more complex care needs.
Fiona said: “We would urge LACD to consider adding a Changing Places toilet to their plans.
“This would enable access for all and Pamis is always happy to advise and support.”
The charity added that it had not been consulted on the installation of such a facility.