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Accessibility Statement for the UK Web Archive

Introduction

We want as many people as possible to be able to use this website. For example, that means you should be able to:

  • change contrast levels and fonts

  • zoom in up to 200% 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.

Scope

The British Library is committed to making its websites accessible, in accordance with the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018.

This accessibility statement applies to the following website:

What to do if you can’t access parts of this website

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

  • email: FOI-Enquiries@bl.uk
  • call: 01937 546 060 (Customer Services)
  • write to: Corporate Information Unit, British Library, 96 Euston Road, London, NW1 2DB

We’ll consider your request and get back to you in 20 working days.

Reporting accessibility problems with this website

We’re always looking to improve the accessibility of this website. If you find any problems that aren’t listed on this page or think we’re not meeting accessibility requirements, contact the Head of Corporate Information Management by email at FOI-Enquiries@bl.uk, or in writing at Corporate Information Unit, British Library, 96 Euston Road, London, NW1 2DB.

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

We provide a text relay service for people who are D/deaf, hearing impaired or have a speech impediment: Textphone 01937 546 434.

Hearing induction loops are fitted at all Library Information and Enquiry Desks, or if you contact us before your visit we may be able to arrange a British Sign Language (BSL) interpreter.

Further information about Accessibility at the British Library can be found on our Visit Us website.

How accessible this website is

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

  • The archived website content delivered by this website is outside the control of the British Library. Users may experience difficulties accessing this content.

Compliance Status

This website is fully compliant with the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018. Exemptions claimed are listed below. Content not within the scope of the accessibility regulations.

Non-accessible content

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

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

  • The archival content delivered by the UK Web Archive is exempt from the Regulations under Reg 3(2)(h). This content might fail any of the WCAG 2.1 AA Success Criteria.

How we tested this website

A representative sample of the site was reviewed by AbilityNet in September 2020, using a suite of modern accessibility tools including Screen Readers (Desktop JAWS 2018 / IE11), the web accessibility toolbar, colour contrast analysers, and website validation tools.

Preparation of this Accessibility Statement

This statement was last updated July 2021.