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Accessibility

Accessibility statement for Solent Library Catalogue

This accessibility statement applies to Solent University Library Catalogue.

About Solent Library Catalogue

Solent Library Catalogue is an instance of the Primo VE software, which is developed and maintained by ExLibris. This instance is hosted and updated by ExLibris on behalf of Solent University Library on a software as a service model. ExLibris give details of the catalogue’s compliance with the WCAG 2.0 guidelines and their road map for improvements on their Primo accessibility page

Using Solent Library Catalogue

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
  • listen to most of the website using a screen reader (including the most recent version of NVDA)

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:

  • The citation created by the citation generator can be viewed but not copied using the keyboard only. It is not read by the screen reader.
  • The ILL Request form reads 'unavailable' on submission, and does not announce the copyright declaration or the result of the submission.
  • The regular Request button is read as 'type: button', and thus is difficult to access. This form also reads 'unavailable' on submission, and does not announce the result of the submission.
  • In the detailed view of an item record, when the zoom is over 200%, part of the scroll bar is obscured.

Feedback and contact information

If you need information on this website in a different format like accessible PDF, large print, audio recording etc.:

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 this website. If you find any problems not listed on this page or think we're not meeting accessibility requirements, contact: library.loans@solent.ac.uk. Alternatively, you may go direct to James Clark, Library Digital Systems Manager, email: james.clark@solent.ac.uk, telephone: 023 8201 3260

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

If you prefer not to use our online chat service, you can email, telephone, or visit in person. We can provide arrange for an audio induction loop if you contact us before your visit.
Find out how to contact us.

Technical information about this website's accessibility

Solent 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 to the non-compliances and exemptions listed below.

Non-accessible content

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

Non-compliance with the accessibility regulations

  • The citation created by the citation generator can be viewed but not copied using the keyboard only. It is not read by the screen reader. We plan to make it possible to copy this by summer 2021.
  • The ILL Request form reads 'unavailable' on submission, and does not announce the copyright declaration or the result of the submission.
  • The regular Request button is read as 'type: button', and thus is difficult to access. This form also reads 'unavailable' on submission, and does not announce the result of the submission.
  • In the detailed view of an item record, when the zoom is over 200%, part of the scroll bar is obscured.

Disproportionate burden

The problems with zooming and with the request forms are intrinsic to Primo VE as developed by ExLibris. We believe the cost of replacing this system with one that is entirely accessible would be a disproportionate burden within the meaning of the accessibility regulations. We will make another assessment when the supplier contract is up for renewal, likely to be in 2022.

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

The e-resources that are linked to here are outside the scope of this statement. Accessibility is a factor when purchasing decisions are made, and in addition, we run an accessible formats service, which you can register for via Access Solent.

What we're doing to improve accessibility

Most of the accessibility issues need to be corrected by our vendor. We raise issues with them when appropriate. We aim to make sure that any customizations we deploy do not negatively impact accessibility (indeed, several of them are made specifically to improve accessibility). We will investigate ways to make it possible to copy the citation button using the keyboard only.

Preparation of this accessibility statement

This statement was prepared on 17th September 2020. It was last reviewed on 17th September 2020. This website was last tested on 17th September 2020. The test was carried out by ourselves. The approach to deciding on a sample of pages to test is described (under the Selection of pages heading) in the accessibility report; you can read the full accessibility test report.