“In the heart of city’s cultural precinct – and adjacent to the performing arts centre, gallery, bars restaurants and cafes, the Geelong Library & Heritage Centre is a dome of culture, fun and learning.”
The Dome’s many special features include:
- A diverse collection of print, multimedia and heritage items;
- Major event space, seating 300 people with sweeping views of Geelong;
- Public: an 80-seat café, with an outdoor deck area leading into Johnstone Park;
- An entire floor dedicated to children and young people;
- High-end digital technology and high speed internet access;
- Heritage Centre repository and reading room;
- Eight meeting rooms available for community groups and corporate hire; and
- An exhibition space curated by the Geelong Gallery.
- Powerful WiFi and high-speed internet access.
Accessibility InformationGeneral accessibility features:
Mobility accessibility features:
- Adult change facilities
- Level or ramp access to front entrance
- Paths wide and not slippery
- Lift access to all levels
- Wide aisles and walkways
- Accessible toilet
"Access to the building is available through large double doors at the main street entrance and a new ramp and pathways have been constructed at the park-side entrance to allow for access for all abilities from Johnstone Park.
The building is serviced by two large elevators and there is a hand railing on the stairwell which leads up through the 5 public levels.
The corridors are wide and the rooms are spacious with plenty of room for access and movement throughout.
The building has a Changing Places accredited toilet facility located on the ground floor of the Geelong Library & Heritage Centre, with a height-adjustable change bench suitable for adults, a ceiling hoist with a maximum weight limit of up to 180kg, grab rails, circulation space to move around the room in a wheelchair and an automatic door with a 950mm opening.
Self checkout computers are at an accessible height for users in wheelchairs as are catalogue PCs. There is also a wheelchair accessible microfilm/fiche scanner in the Heritage Reading Room."Vision accessibility features:
- Audible or braille signage
- Audio description services
- Large print or high contrast menus and other signage
"Wayfinding signage is available in Braille.
The Flexicast Listen App for the visually impaired is available in the news lounge.
Magnification technology is available for people with visual impairments. The text to voice ‘Read Easy Move’ device can assist people who find reading with a video magnifier difficult.
A Braille embosser is available to the community to use for free. Library staff are trained to assist with using the embosser if required.
Zoomtext screen reader software installed on a dedicated PC on level 2.
DAISY players (digital talking book formats), physical Large Print and Audiobooks are also available."Hearing accessibility features:
- Hearing loop or infrared assisted listening system
- Welcomes calls from TTY devices
- Sign language assistance or interpretation services
"Some online databases have closed captioning on videos, page translation to other languages, read aloud function and the ability to increase the text size.
On the level 5 events space, customers with hearing aids can switch on ‘T’ (Telecoil) mode and tune into any amplified source in the room’s inbuilt AV. The same system is available in the Level 2 Meeting Room, the Heritage Reading Room presentation space and the Boardroom.
There is also a hearing loop set that allows people to listen to the PA broadcasts.
Teletext for the hearing impaired is available in the news lounge.
We are able to provide an Auslan interpreter for prebooked tours and we also use the National Relay Service."Intellectual/Social accessibility features:
- Information available in various types
"The VCE collection provides (where available) the print book, audiobook and DVD to cater to different learning styles."Autism/Sensory accessibility features:
Autism/Sensory accessibility information:
- Information available in various types
"We house a collection of books which have features like tinted pages to reduce visual stress and a font to help minimise barriers to comprehension for people with dyslexia.
The collection includes downloadable ebooks and eAudiobooks and Overdrive has an extra feature which can be enabled to assist people with dyslexia."