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Accessibility Statement

Library Service subject guides


The University of Bristol Library Service is committed to ensuring everyone can access and use our subject guides on multiple devices. We are continually improving the user experience and applying the relevant accessibility standards. We test using the technical standarWeb Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.1 (WCAG) to ensure that we’re meeting our responsibilities under the Equality Act 2010 and the EU Web Accessibility Directive.

We check with a range of technologies, but can’t commit to testing every browser version with every version of assistive technology, nor testing on every operating system version or mobile handset type.


Conformance status

The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) defines requirements for designers and developers to improve accessibility for people with disabilities. It defines three levels of conformance: Level A, Level AA, and Level AAA. The Library Service’s subject guides are  partially conformant with WCAG 2.1 level AA. Partially conformant means that some parts of the content do not fully conform to the accessibility standard. See the limitations below.

We aim for all web pages to score 100% for accessibility in a Lighthouse audit.



We welcome your feedback on the accessibility of the Library Service’s subject guides. Please let us know if you encounter accessibility barriers whilst using them:

Technical specifications

Accessibility of the Library Service subject guides relies on the following technologies to work with the particular combination of web browser and any assistive technologies or plugins installed on your computer:

  • HTML
  • CSS
  • JavaScript

These technologies are relied upon for conformance with the accessibility standards used.

Built using LibGuides, software developed by SpringShare, which has detailed notes on accessibility:



Despite our best efforts to ensure accessibility of the Library Service subject guides, there may be some limitations. Below is a description of known limitations. We are committed to continually improving the accessibility of our subject guides. Please contact us if you observe an issue not listed below.

Known limitations for Library Service subject guides:

  1. Not fully optimised for mobile accessibility: The guides banner does not successfully resize for mobile devices, and text is obscured.


This statement was created 16 June 2020.

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