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Our accessibility statements

Digital Scanning Service
accessibility statement

The Digital Scanning Service is committed to improving accessibility and usability of the scans it produces.

The Copyright Licensing Agency (CLA) Higher Education (HE) Licence allows the creation of scanned copies of published material in specific circumstances for teaching and in accordance with copyright legislation.

Scanning for course modules must be in accordance with the CLA Licence, under which the limits are:

  • one article from a periodical, or
  • one chapter of or 10% of a book – whichever is the greater.

Access to scans is provided through the CLA’s Digital Content Store (DCS), in PDF format.

The Digital Scanning Service is committed to making scans accessible in accordance with the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018.

We acknowledge that some of the content of the scans may not be accessible to everyone and changes are being made to address this issue.

We will attempt to ensure that the scans we produce are OCR readable and accessible to screen reader software, and that images have alternative text.

Where another HE institution has already created a scan and uploaded it to the DCS repository, we will inspect the quality of the scan and ensure that it is OCR readable and accessible to screen reader software before adding it to an online reading list.

The accessibility regulations do not require us to fix office file documents published before 23 September 2018 if they are not essential to providing our services. We do not plan to edit or fix scans on archived online reading lists.

If users require scans in a different format, please email the Digital Scanning Service at Please provide details of the information or resources you would like to access and the format you would prefer.

We are always looking to improve the accessibility of the scans. If you find any problems or think we can do more, please email the Digital Scanning Service.

York St John University has also made available a general web accessibility statement.

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