Accessibility Statement - Pubic Lending Right


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.

The British Library operates a number of websites, subsites, and online services (“Sites”).

This accessibility statement supplements our main Accessibility Statement, and applies to the following Sites:

How accessible these websites are

We know some parts of these Sites are not fully accessible:

  • Text does not have sufficient contrast against background colours

Additionally, we use a third-party provider, Yoti, to verify digital photos of your identity documents. We recognise that this process might not be suitable for some contributors - non-digital methods of verification are available, so please contact the PLR team to find out more.

Compliance status

These websites are partially compliant with the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018, due to the non-compliances listed below.

Non-accessible content

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

Non-compliance with the accessibility regulations 

  • The colour of both text and links does not provide sufficient contrast against the background colour, meaning that users with moderate visual impairment who do not use assistive technologies may not be able to discern the content. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.4.3 (Contrast Minimum). 

We plan to resolve this issue by replacing the PLR website in its entirety by December 2026.

Content not within the scope of the accessibility regulations

The Yoti verification process on the PLR portal site may fail any of the Accessibility requirements. As these issues are caused by third party software components that are not developed by nor under the control of the Library, they are exempt from the Regulations under Reg 3(2)(e).

How we tested this website

The PLR website was last tested on 11 August 2021. A full review of the sites was carried out by the British Library using Wave and Google Measure.

The PLR portal was last tested on 26 January 2021. Real world user testing was carried out by Web Usability, and testing of the portal was carried out throughout development by Softwire using Google Measure, and manual testing with NVDA.