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Accessibility Statement for the Library Catalogue

This accessibility statement applies to the Library Catalogue at https://catalogue.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/. Individual accessibility statements for other Library systems can be accessed via the Libraries and Learning Innovation Accessibility Statement page. 

The catalogue is provided by Sirsi Dynix. We want as many people as possible to be able to use it. For example, that means you should be able to:

  • zoom in to at least 200% without the text spilling off the screen
  • resize to a single column with no horizontal scrolling
  • navigate most of the website using just a keyboard
  • listen to most of the website using a screen reader
  • navigate most of the website using just one finger on a mobile device
  • flip content horizontally and vertically on a mobile device

We’ve also made the text as simple as possible to understand.

AbilityNet has advice on making your device easier to use if you have a disability.

The Library’s software page provides information on assistive software which may help in using our systems and websites.

How accessible the Library Catalogue is

We know some parts of the Library Catalogue are not fully accessible:

  • some text has insufficient contrast against the background colour
  • some text does not respond to the Line Height Adjuster plugin for Google Chrome
  • one link does not have descriptive link text
  • there is no inbuilt option to change the colours, font or text sizes
  • there is no inbuilt option to modify the line height or spacing of text
  • we have not tested navigation by speech recognition

Feedback and contact information

If you need information on the content of our systems and websites in a different format (for example accessible PDF, large print, easy read, audio recording or braille) please email libraryaltformats@leedsbeckett.ac.uk. We'll consider your request and get back to you within 5 working days.

Reporting accessibility problems with the Library Catalogue

We’re always looking to improve the accessibility of our systems and websites. If you find any problems or think we’re not meeting accessibility requirements, contact h.loughran@leedsbeckett.ac.uk.

Enforcement procedure

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) is responsible for enforcing the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018 (the ‘accessibility regulations’). If you’re not happy with how we respond to your complaint, contact the Equality Advisory and Support Service (EASS).

Contacting us by phone or visiting us in person

The Library supports the use of The Next Generation Text Service. Alternatively you can email us or contact us by online chat

You can find out all the ways you can get in touch with us on the Library website Contact Us page.

Technical information about the Library Catalogue's accessibility

Leeds Beckett University is committed to making its website accessible, in accordance with the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018.

Compliance status

This website is partially compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1 AA standard, due the non-compliances listed below.

Non-accessible content

The content listed below is non-accessible for the following reasons.

Non-compliance with the accessibility regulations

Some text has insufficient contrast against the background colour, which may make it difficult to read for some people. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.4.3 (Contrast (Minimum)).

Some text does not respond to the Line Height Adjuster plugin for Google Chrome. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.4.12 (Text Spacing).

One link does not have descriptive link text, making the page more difficult to use for people using a screen reader. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 2.4.4 (Link Purpose (In Context)).

What we’re doing to improve accessibility

LLI will be introducing a new Library Management System and Catalogue which includes adherence to WCAG in 2021.

Preparation of this accessibility statement

This statement was prepared on 22 September 2020. It was last reviewed on 22 September 2020.

This website was last tested on 01 June 2020. The testing was carried out by an individual member of Leeds Beckett University Library staff with advice and input from colleagues.

The Library Catalogue homepage was tested manually for conformance with WCAG 2.1 Level AA. The Gov.uk detailed checklist was used for testing, supported by guidance notes compiled from various sources including Understanding WCAG 2.1, and tools such as a screen reader (JAWS 2018), Colour Contrast Analyser, WAVE Evaluation Tool, ATbar and Line Height Adjuster. Google Chrome web browser was used for testing, on a Windows PC or Android mobile device as appropriate.