Central Library: Kate Gleason Auditorium Accessibility

Central Library


115 South Avenue

Rochester, NY 14604


Susan Lusignan

Accessible Approach/Entrance

  • Entrance is on ground floor (Central Library); ramp available to enter Rundel Library
  • Route of travel is slip resistant and at least 36 in wide
  • Objects can be detected by person with visual disability using a cane
  • Curbs have curb cuts at drives, parking, and drop off. For Rundel Library, cross at South and Court for best curb cuts, or take the underground tunnel from Central Library.

Parking and Drop-Off Areas

  • Court Street Parking Garage:

9 accessible parking spaces available (on ground floor), with 8-foot-wide access aisle and 98 inches of vertical clearance.

  • Accessible space is closest to accessible entrance on proper route; easy access to Central Library from parking garage.
  • Accessible space marked with International Symbol of Accessibility


  • Main entrance is on ground floor (Central Library);

ramp available to enter Rundel Library

  • Entrance door has at least 32 inches of clear opening with at least 18 inches of clear wall on the pull side of door, next to handle
  • Threshold edge is accessible
  • Door handle no higher than 48 inches and operable with closed fist

Rooms and Spaces

  • Aisles and pathways to materials and services at least 36 inches wide; assistance might be needed in stacks (Rundel) to open doors
  • 5-foot space for turning a wheelchair completely; assistance might be needed to turn around in certain areas of the stacks (Rundel)
  • Obstacles are cane-detectable in circulation paths through public areas

Seats, Tables, and Counters

  • Aisles between fixed seating at least 36 inches wide:  N/A (no fixed seating in auditorium or stacks)
  • Spaces for wheelchair seating distributed throughout:  N/A (no fixed seating; allows for rearranging)

Vertical Circulation

  • Elevators available
  • Call button in hallway no higher than 42 inches


  • Fully accessible rest rooms with pictograms used to identify rest rooms (includes braille)
  • Doorway to rest room is at least 32 inches clear with accessible handles
  • Adequate maneuvering space for a person using a wheelchair (approximately 6.5 ft)
  • 36-inch-wide path to all fixtures
  • Accessible stall with grab bars behind and on the side of wall nearest to the toilet
  • Stall door operable with closed fist
  • Faucet operable with closed fist


  • Susan Lusignan: (585) 428-8350

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