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Ebooks: Accessibility

QUB e-books accessibility

Queen's University Belfast library subscribes to e-books from different providers. This page collates the accessibility statements and information about online readers from some of QUB library's main e-book providers. There may be some issues relating to older content which is not in HTML format. If you are having problems with an e-book platform or would like us to raise any issues with e-book publishers, please contact either:

QUB eresources


Sally Bridge, Information Services Disability Co-ordinator 
Tel: 028 9097 6145




According to Dawsonera's accessibility statement the platform complies with

  • World Wide Web Consortium`s Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) 
  • W3C
  • Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 (Level AA)


The online reader has been tested with:

  • JAWS (latest version) + IE11 + Windows 7
  • NVDA screen reader (latest version) +Firefox (latest version) + Windows 7
  • Voiceover to perform screen reading using the OS/X 10.10 (Yosemite) + Mac + OS/X 10.9
  • Voiceover to perform screen reading using the IOS 8 + iPhone, iPad Air & iPad Mini


For more information see Dawsonera's accessibility statement



   Ebook Central

According to ProQuest Ebook Central Accessibility statement, the platform is designed to meet:

  • Level AA of the W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.0)
  • Section 508 of the US Rehabilitation Act for features and functions


The online reader has been tested with:

  • JAWS + IE
  • VoiceOver + Safari




According to EBSCO's eBook Accessibility User Guide and FAQs, the platform currently targeting WCAG (Web Content Accessibility Guidelines) 2.0 level AA.


The online reader has been tested with:

  • JAWS + Internet Explorer 11
  • NVDA + Firefox




According to Ovid, Ovid now complies with Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 Compliance Level AA, this in turn makes them 508 Compliant (a US federal law mandating that all electronic and information technology developed, procured, maintained, or used by the federal government be accessible to people with disabilities).

A screen reader should be able to navigate a visually impaired user through the product.


This page was last updated with information from various e-books providers' websites on 03/12/2018.