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Accessibility

Digital Content Store

The university uses the Copyright Licensing Agency's Digital Content Store (DCS) in order to provide copyright-cleared scanned extracts from books and academic journals. These are usually made available to students in the Brightspace virtual learning environment or via the reading list software, Talis Aspire.

Depending on how an extract was created, there are a few reasons why a scanned PDF might not be considered accessible:

  • The scan is an image that cannot be read by a screen reader
  • Alt-tags cannot be provided for images in the document
  • Headings cannot be identified separately from other text

Due to the age of some of the scans, the specific issues may vary. Where a scan has been created using OCR (Optical Character Recognition) it should be possible to use a screen reader.

Due to the number of scans contained in the Digitial Content Store, it is not possible to rescan all of the items with accessibility issues. If you are unable to use a scanned extract due to accessibility issues, please contact the library service and we will provide a suitable alternative.

Academic staff teaching HE courses wishing to find out more about the DCS and advice on scanned extracts should visit the Copyright Libguide.

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