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Accessibility Statement

For patron-facing areas of Alexandria and certain styles, we partially comply with WCAG 2.1 (Web Content Accessibility Guidelines). All areas of Researcher (except Search and Explore), Self-Service, Activity, and Offline Mode are accessibility-friendly, and work on mobile.

We are consistently working on improving our accessibility throughout Alexandria. Updates on Librarian accessibility are coming soon as work on the Makeover continues.

These Researcher areas are WCAG 2.0 AA compliant:

  • Researcher Hub (your main page)
  • Scout
  • Status
  • Slideshow
  • Browse
  • Bulletin Boards
  • In progress: Search/Explore (beta)

The following Librarian interfaces are mostly WCAG 2.0 AA compliant:

  • Offline Mode
  • Self-Service
  • Activity
  • Dashboard
  • Circulation
  • Items
  • Patrons
  • Operations
  • Tools
  • Builder
  • Preferences
  • Messages
  • Sites
  • Maps
  • Security (beta)
  • Reports (beta)

Here are some noteworthy accessibility features in Alexandria’s patron-facing areas:

  • 24/7 remote access to Alexandria (if properly set up)
  • Cloud Hosting services
  • Keyboard-only access with a logical, cycle-back tabbing order
  • Several ways to find pages (URL, through Researcher or Tools, and Explore panes)
  • Clear headings and labels
  • Visible and clear keyboard focus
  • Consistent menus, icons, and buttons
  • Suggested fixes when users make errors
  • Plain text instead of images of text
  • Scanners with loud beeps and/or light notifications
  • Maps help patrons easily find where items are located
  • Explore Panes allow you to add pre-searches with images for simple finds
  • Bulletin Boards give you a place to upload sign language videos and provide clear descriptions of resources
  • Patron Policies can allow certain patrons to check out items for longer periods and have no late fees or smaller fees

To make Alexandria even more accessibility-friendly for your patrons, we suggest following these recommendations:

  • Use Researcher styles other than Seafoam.
  • Use Scout rather than Search. (Until the new Search is complete and accessibility-friendly.)
  • Use Chrome as your internet browser.
  • If you use Safari and need to turn on tabbing navigation, go to Safari > Preferences > Advanced and make sure Press Tab to highlight each item on a webpage is checked.
    Did you know you can adjust the contrast of your machine/display? Too low or high a contrast can make it hard to see content on your machine. Search the web for instructions on how to modify color and brightness contrast for your display.
  • Did you know you can zoom most web content and make the text larger? Try looking in your browser settings, or try ctrl/cmd + to increase the zoom on this page!
See which kinds of devices we support.