Accessibility statement for Leeds Libraries website

This accessibility statement applies to only.

This website is run by Leeds Libraries for Health (a partnership of libraries from Leeds Community Health NHS Trust, Leeds & York NHS Partnerships Foundation Trust, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust and Leeds City Council). 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 up to 300% without the text spilling off the screen
  • navigate most of the website using just a keyboard

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 website is designed to be compatible with assistive technologies and the last two versions of browser: Chrome, Firefox, IE and Safari. In older browsers, some aspects of the website may not display optimally. The website is not designed for Internet Explorer 9 and earlier versions.

How accessible this website is

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

  • Our cookie policy cannot be closed by keyboard navigation
  • Most older PDF documents are not fully accessible to screen reader software
  • Links with the same name do not have a similar purpose
  • Embedded YouTube videos aren’t fully accessible
  • Some aspects of the site have very low contrast between text and background colours
  • Alternavtive text is missing from some images
  • The link text contains extraneous text or may not make sense out of context
  • Some form inputs have missing labels
  • Some elements have incorrect ARIA attributes

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:

  • email

We’ll consider your request and get back to you in 10 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: 


Address: Jenny Emmel, Corporate Support Librarian, Library & Evidence Research Centre, X35, D Floor, Old Site, Leeds General Infirmary, Great George Street, LS1 3EX.

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).

Technical information about this website’s accessibility

Leeds Libraries 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

  1. The site makes use of multiple PDFs and other documents. This is not accessible to some screen reader software. 
  2. 2.1.1 Keyboard (Level A) - Our cookie policy notification cannot be closed through keyboard navigation.
  3. 2.4.9 Link Purpose (Link Only) (Level AAA) - Links with the same accesssible name do not serve a similar purpose
  4. 1.1.1 Non-text Content (Level A) & 2.4.4 Link Purpose (In Context) (Level A) - Linked imaged missing alternative text
  5. 1.1.1 Non-text Content (Level A) - Long alternative text
  6. 1.1.1 Non-text Content (Level A), 1.3.1 Info and Relationships (Level A), 2.4.6 Headings and Labels (Level AA), 3.3.2 Labels or Instructions (Level A) - Missing Form Label
  7. 2.4.4 Link Purpose (In Context) (Level A) - Suspicious link text
  8. 1.2.1 Prerecorded Audio-only and Video-only (Level A), 1.2.3 Audio Description or Media Alternative (Prerecorded) (Level A) - An embeded or linked You Tube video is present
  9. 1.4.3 Contrast (Minimum) (Level AA) - Text elements must have sufficient colour contrast against the background
  10. 4.1.2 Name, Role, Value (Level A) - Elements must only use allowed ARIA attributes

What we’re doing to improve accessibility

We are fixing content which fails to meet the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1 AA standard. We will update this page when issues are fixed.

Preparation of this accessibility statement

This statement was prepared on 26th May 2021. It was last reviewed on 15th September 2022.

This website was last tested on 15th September 2022. The test was carried out by The Health Informatics Service Web Department. We use the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines V2.1 level A and level AA to test how accessible is.

We used this approach to deciding on a sample of pages to test:

  • Looked at all mediums used on the site for example text, images, maps, videos, forms etc
  • Added at least one page per item to our sample list
  • Always include the homepage
  • We used Lighthouse to audit each page in the sample for accessibility issues.
  • We used Wave to automatically test for accessibility issues on pages that do not need users to sign in.

You can read the full accessibility report here.