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EBSCO Discovery System Accessibility Statement: Home

Accessibility statement for EBSCO Discovery System (Library Search)

Accessibility statement for the EBSCO Discovery System

This accessibility statement applies to the site EBSCO Discovery System (

These websites are run by the University of Essex Library Services in conjunction with Innovative (III). We want as many people as possible to be able to use this website. For example, that means you should be able to: 

  • Use the website at up to 500% zoom 
  • Use the website in both landscape and portrait orientation 
  • Navigate the website with speech recognition 
  • Navigate the website with just a keyboard 
  • Access content on the website using a screen reader 

We’ve also made the websites' text as simple as possible to understand where possible.

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 these websites are not accessible:

  • Reflow of text and the ability to change the orientation of the screen
  • Some link text is not accessible and uses the full URL
  • Some images do not contain alternative text

Feedback and contact information

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

  • Email us at 
  • Call us on 01206 873192 
  • Talk to us live via the Live Chat service on our website, available Monday to Friday, 10AM to 5pm 
  • Fill in the form on our Contact Us Page

We’ll consider your request and get back to you within 3 working days.

Reporting accessibility problems with the website

We’re always looking to improve the accessibility of these websites. If you find any problems not listed on this page or think we’re not meeting accessibility requirements, contact: with the specific issues you are having and the Digital Systems and Services team will respond to your report.

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 the website's accessibility

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

Compliance Status

EBSCO provide an up to date accessibility statement for EDS on their website. As a piece of 3rd party content, we don't have full control over the EDS software.

From their statement, EDS is partially compliant with WCAG 2.1 AA.

EBSCO Discovery Service accessibility statement from EBSCO

Non-Accessible content

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

Non-compliance with the accessibility regulations

Full break down of EDS compliance:

What we're doing to improve accessibility

Your library is committed to ensuring that web content is as accessible as possible for as many people as possible. EDS is currently partially compliant and plans to be fully compliant at some point in 2021. 

Our accessibility roadmap

Accessibility starts with us. EBSCO have made it clear that they are supporting the new government guidelines for accessibility and we will be working with them to ensure everything that can be done to meet and exceed them is done.

Our main priority from a content stand point is to ensure that accessibility points within our control our met, such as context based links.

From a user side, we will be communicating with you when you find parts of the website that do not conform to the standards expected. We will look to fix or find an alternative where possible and as soon as possible.

For the time being, we will be prioritising content that fall under the Non-compliance with the accessibility regulations part of the statement, followed by Content that's not within the scope of the accessibility regulations.

If you find content within either of these headings, we will prioritise where possible and try to get content that works for you.

University of Essex Accessibility Statement

Preparation of this accessibility statement

This statement was prepared on 16/07/2021. It was last reviewed on 02/08/2021. 

This website was last tested on 07/04/2020. The test was carried out by EBSCO.