Accessibility Advice

LIBRARY is committed to making its website as accessible as possible to users with disabilities, including users who may be blind or partially sighted. We also make sure that those users who have reading difficulties are able to use the site.


The design of our website includes a number of accessibility features including:

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• a common design throughout rather than providing text only pages for disabled users, and allowing text sizes and colours to be changed to suit the users needs.

• ensuring that all images are given appropriate alternative text descriptions ("ALT texts"), as recommended by the  Web accessibility guidelines. All graphical navigation buttons are similarly ALT-tagged.

• to aid users of text-only and audio browsers we have included a hidden accessibility feature, which enables the user to "skip over" the main page navigation buttons (rather then having to tab through them manually at the start of every page). Thus, the user can jump immediately down to the main content of the page.

• we strictly avoid the use of frames throughout the main council Web site.

• this site uses PDF (Adobe Acrobat) file format for the publication of large and complex documents. Please note that Adobe Acrobat documents can be converted back to plain text using Accessible Adobe Reader.


To view and print PDF files, you must have Adobe Acrobat Reader installed.

• in general, we try to avoid the use of other proprietary publishing formats such as Shockwave Flash and other media formats requiring third-party plug-ins., We use other technologies, such as Javascript, appropriately to avoid creating accessibility barriers. We focus on the use of "open" publishing standards, as defined by the World Wide Web Consortium.


We are working to improve the accessibility features of, and welcome your suggestions and comments.


If you encounter any accessibility or technical problems when using this site, please e-mail the Web Development team: or complete the online feedback form.