Accessibility Statement - Social Welfare


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 Site:

How accessible this websites is

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

  • Some list elements are not properly formatted
  • 'Heritage content' from the British Library's collections is exempt from the Regulations.

Compliance status

This website is 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: 

Content not within the scope of the accessibility regulations

  • Heritage material is exempt from the Regulations under Reg 3(2)(f)(ii) where automated and cost-efficient solutions that would easily extract the text and transform it into content compatible with the accessibility requirement are unavailable. This content might fail any of the WCAG 2.1 AA Success Criteria, but particularly those related to the provision of a transcript, subtitles, or audio description.

Non-compliance with the accessibility regulations

  • Some list elements are not properly formatted, meaning that users of assistive technologies may not be provided with necessary content or context. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.3.1 (Info & Relationships). 

We plan to resolve these issues by replacing the site in its entirety before December 2026.

How we tested this website

This 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.