Accessibility statement for the University of Hull's library website

This accessibility statement applies to the content of the Library website, based on its frontpage at https://www.hull.ac.uk/choose-hull/study-at-hull/library and pages within this sub-domain.

This website is run by the University Library at University of Hull. We want as many people as possible to be able to use this website. For example, that means you should be able to:

  • change colours, contrast levels and fonts
  • zoom in up to 300% without the text spilling off the screen
  • navigate most of the website using just a keyboard
  • navigate most of the website using speech recognition software
  • listen to most of the website using a screen reader (including the most recent versions of JAWS, NVDA and VoiceOver)

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.

How accessible this website is

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

  • Not all links have correct or accessible labels to facilitate navigation
  • The relationship between sections of a page is not always clear
  • The contrast in colours used for text and background is sometimes weak
  • The site doesn’t always respond as cleanly as it could when increasing the spacing between text elements

Aspects of the template used are inherited from the University’s web content management system and are outside our direct control.  We are liaising with Marketing & Communications on resolving these.

Feedback and contact information

If you need information on this website in a different format like accessible PDF, large print, easy read, audio recording or braille:

We’ll consider your request and get back to you in 5 days.

Reporting accessibility problems with this website

We’re always looking to improve the accessibility of this website. If you find any problems not listed on this page or think we’re not meeting accessibility requirements, contact: libhelp@hull.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).

Visiting us in person

Our service desks have audio induction loops as do some of our teaching spaces. If you need to speak with a member of staff in an induction loop enabled space, please contact us in advance. 

You can let us know about any specific needs you have when signing up to our events and workshops. 

Please use the appropriate email address:

Technical information about this website’s accessibility

University of Hull Library 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 to 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

There exists a number of failures for WCAG 2.1 success criterion 2.5.3 - Label in name related to inconsistent naming of accessible tags not matching the visible text being used. We plan to review the website and add accurate and matched descriptive labels by July 2021.

There exists some failures for WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.1.1 - Non text content related to the clear, descriptive labelling of some if the icon images used. We plan to review the images used and create more descriptive labellingby July 2021.

There exists a failure for WCAG 2.1 success criterion 3.2.2 - On input related to the use of a template from the University’s content management system linking the website to a social media platform.  We plan to raise this with the system owners for the content management system to identify an appropriate change to the template.

There exists some failures for WCAG 2.1 success criterion 4.1.2 - Name role value related to the lack of labels for input elements within the page template so they can be interpreted by an accessibility reader.  We plan to raise this with the system owners for the content management system to identify an appropriate change to the template.

There exists some failures for WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.3.1 - Info and relationships related to the information presented for certain elements and their relationship to each other.  We plan to review the website and add additional information to express relationships accurately by July 2021.

There exists a failure for WCAG 2.1 success criterion 2.4.1 - Bypass blocks related to the lack of a title attribute within iFrame coding in the page template. We plan to raise this with the system owners for the content management system to identify an appropriate change to the template.

There exists a number of failures for WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.4.6 - Contrast enhanced related to the colour of text against the background used. We plan to review the website and adjust colour contrast appropriately by July 2021.

There exists a failure for WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.4.12 - Text spacing related to how the page responds when spacing within the text is increased.  We plan to review the website to identify and correct any overlaps resulting from this by July 2021.

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

PDFs and other documents

Some of our PDFs and Word documents are essential to providing information. The accessibility regulations do not require us to fix PDFs or other documents published before 23 September 2018 if they’re not essential to providing our services. Any new PDFs or Word documents we publish will meet accessibility standards.

What we’re doing to improve accessibility

The above sections detail our work in progress to improve accessibility.

Preparation of this accessibility statement

This statement was prepared on 22nd September 2020. It was last reviewed on 23rd September 2020.

This website was last tested on 21st September 2020. The test was carried out by our staff, using a number of industry-standard tools and manual checks.

You can read the full accessibility test report at: https://checker.web2access.org/review/47510824216e5ca13442e1ca2058337fbc2646ce9a7bbf5cc3

We tested: