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Accessibility Statement for the Library website and associated functions

This accessibility statement applies to the Library website and associated functions i.e. FAQs, online chat, appointment booking, Click and Collect, library space booking, student meeting room booking, forms and online tutorials created using the LibWizard platform, at https://libguides.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/. Individual accessibility statements for other Library systems can be accessed via the Libraries and Learning Innovation Accessibility Statement page. 

This website is run by Leeds Beckett University. It has been created using the LibGuides platform which is provided by Springshare. We want as many people as possible to be able to use this website. 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 (we used JAWS 2018 as part of our accessibility testing)
  • find content using multiple methods (e.g. navigation menu and search feature)
  • navigate most of the website using just one finger on a mobile device
  • flip content horizontally and vertically on a mobile device
  • adjust line height for most text using a browser plug-in

We’ve also made the website 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 this website is

We know some parts of this website are not fully accessible:

  • externally produced or older videos and animations may not have subtitles
  • 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
  • some of our FAQs need heading levels adding
  • a small number of interactive items may not be accessible using keyboard navigation
  • in a small number of instances text has insufficient contrast against the background colour
  • in a small number of instances text does not enlarge using the AT Bar plug-in for Google Chrome
  • some of our online forms could be designed to make it easier for people using assistive technology to complete them and to help users avoid entering incorrect information
  • a limited number of documents are in PDF format. We are working on transferring these to MS Word documents where possible

Based on our sampling so far, we are aware that some content across the site may have issues such as:

  • images missing alternative text
  • heading levels not correctly assigned
  • link text which needs rewording

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 this website

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 this website’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 of the FAQs on the Library website do not have heading levels fully applied, so people using a screen reader cannot access headings within them via their software menu and use this to get to the content they need more quickly and easily. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.3.1 (Info and Relationships). This is due to technical constraints of the externally provided system used to host the FAQs. We have reported the issue to the provider and we are awaiting a fix. Once this is in place we plan to apply heading levels correctly to all FAQs.

When navigating the website using a keyboard, there are some items (360 degree videos and some interactive tutorials created using LibWizard software) which could not be accessed via keyboard navigation during testing. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 2.1.1 (Keyboard). We are currently investigating this issue further.

There are a small number of instances where text does not have sufficient contrast against the background colour, making it more difficult to read. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.4.3 (Contrast (Minimum)). We are currently investigating this issue further.

On the Disabled and Dyslexic Users Welcome and Help page, when text is zoomed to 200% using the AT Bar plugin, text in the Chat with the Library Disability Support team widget does not enlarge. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.4.4 (Resize text). We are currently investigating this issue further.

Some forms on the Library website which collect information about the user do not have autocomplete tokens added. These include the following forms: Library Email Us and Chat With Us, Disability Support Email Us and Chat with the Library Disability Support team, FAQ search. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.3.5 (Identify Input Purpose). We are currently investigating this further.

We may be able to do more to help users avoid entering incorrect information into forms on the Library website. For example, it is possible to enter a date of birth in the future into the Library Email Us form. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 3.3.1 (Error Identification). We are currently investigating this further.

Based on our sampling so far, we are aware that some content across the site may have issues such as:

  • Images missing alternative text. This would fail WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.1.1 (Non-text Content)
  • Heading levels not correctly assigned. This would fail WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.3.1 (Info and Relationships)
  • Link text which needs re-wording. This would fail WCAG 2.1 success criterion 2.4.4 (Link Purpose (In Context))

We continue to work on identifying and resolving these issues 
 

Content that’s not within the scope of the accessibility regulations

External content

We link to external pages and other Leeds Beckett University pages which may not be accessible.

Social media tools

The Library website has embedded content from various free social media tools. We aim for all content we publish via these to be accessible, however the accessibility of the platforms and any content we repost from other accounts is outside of our control.

What we’re doing to improve accessibility

We are currently investigating and working to fix the accessibility issues we have identified and detailed in the Non-accessible content section above.

We are currently looking in more detail at the accessibility of the student meeting room booking page and tutorials created using the LibWizard platform.

We will also be looking in more detail at the accessibility of content on the Library website and in FAQs, such as uploaded documents, images and videos, and identifying areas for improvement.

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 between November 2019 and September 2020, with system criteria assessed between November 2019 and May 2020, and content tested between August 2020 and September 2020. The testing was carried out by an individual member of Leeds Beckett University Library staff with advice and input from colleagues.

A sample of 30 pages from the Library website was tested to cover the following categories: Home page; Contact page; Pages containing: Text-based content, Images, Video, Interactive tools and transactions, Forms, Documents, Accessibility information and Search boxes. We prioritised pages with high usage according to our website statistics and included at least one page or collection of pages from each of the four service areas which comprise Libraries and Learning Innovation (LLI). The sample contained the following pages:

Accessibility Statement; Contact Us; Disabled and Dyslexic users - Accessible Resources; Disabled and Dyslexic users - Borrowing; Disabled and Dyslexic users - Disability Resource Area; Disabled and Dyslexic users - Print, Copy and Scan; Disabled and Dyslexic users - QuickScan; Disabled and Dyslexic users - Software; Disabled and Dyslexic users - Welcome; Law - After Leeds Beckett; Law - Databases; Law - EU Law; Law - International Law; Law - Journals and Magazines; Law - Referencing and Research; Law - UK LegislationLaw - Welcome; MyBeckett - MyBeckett & Submissions; News Resources; ResourcesSkills and Subject Support; Sport & Exercise Science - Biomechanics; Sport & Exercise Science - Nutrition; Sport & Exercise Science - Physiology; Sport & Exercise Science - Professional Development; Sport & Exercise Science - Psychology; Sport & Exercise Science - Research Skills; Sport & Exercise Science - Strength & Conditioning; Sport & Exercise Science - Welcome; The Library - Welcome   

The pages were 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. A Windows PC or Android mobile device was used for testing as appropriate.