Library E-Resource Accessibility - Testing

Library Accessibility Alliance

E-Resource testing


The Big Ten Academic Alliance (BTAA) began funding high-level third-party accessibility evaluations for select vendor e-resources in 2017. In 2019, the Association of Research Libraries (ASERL) joined in these and other library accessibility efforts, becoming the Library Accessibility Alliance (LAA).

E-Resources are selected based upon recommendations from member libraries and the platforms that the majority of the consortia own or are considering for purchase.


The LAA has contracts with two accessibility consulting companies (Deque and Usability/Accessibility Research & Consulting, or UARC, from Michigan State University) for them to perform high-level, meaning not entirely comprehensive, accessibility evaluations based on WCAG 2.1 AA. The consulting companies are given a designated number of hours for the evaluations and are intended to identify some, but not all, accessibility issues/barriers.

The LAA selects typically two vendors a month and submits scoping documents (example scoping document) to Deque and UARC. The scoping document outlines typical library e-resource tasks a user might perform (basic and advanced searching, viewing search results, applying filters and refining results, viewing individual items, etc).


The program provides vendors with a report and the opportunity to improve the accessibility of their products, while giving members of the library community information about the accessibility of specific library e-resources.

All evaluations funded by the LAA are provided to e-resource vendors free of charge. Vendors are invited to submit a response and attend a consultation call with Deque/UARC, also at no charge. All e-resource accessibility evaluations and vendor responses are publicly available below.


Accessible Archives (9/4/2019) Download
ACS Publications (3/2/2020) Download
Adam Matthew - Empire Online (3/26/2018) Download
Adam Matthew - Empire Online (vendor response) Download
Alexander Press - Disability in the Modern World (10/15/2017) Download
Ambrose Video (6/24/2019) Download
American Society for Microbiology Journals (2/20/2019) Download
Artstor (6/29/2018) Download
BioOne Complete (1/29/2020) Download
BioOne Complete (vendor response) Download
Brill e-Books (10/5/2018) Download
CADRE (10/9/2020) Download
CADRE (Vendor Response) Download
Cambridge Core (6/13/2017) Download
Cambridge Core (Vendor Response) November 2017 Download
Cambridge Core (Vendorr Response) December 2019 update Download
Clarivate Analytics’ Techstreet (12/10/2018) Download
Directory of Open Access Journals (5/13/2019) Download
De Gruyter (3/9/2021) Download
Directory of Open Access Journals (Vendor Response) Download
DocuSeek2 (1/2/2020) Download
DocuSeek2 Via ProQuest (2/20/2020) Download
East View Platform (9/4/2019) Download
EBSCO Academic Search (4/23/2020) Download
EBSCO Academic Search (Vendor Response) Download
EBSCO-Ebook Platform (4/21/2017) Download
EBSCO-Ebook Platform (Vendor Response) 2017 Download
Elsevier- Engineering Village (4/16/2018) Download
Elsevier - Engineering Village (vendor response) Download
Elsevier-ScienceDirect- Platform (4/21/2017) Download
Elsevier-ScienceDirect- Platform (Vendor Response) Download
Elsevier-Scopus (11/16/2020) Download
Films on Demand (7/11/2018) Download
Gale-ECCO (9/11/2017) Download
Gale ECCO (vendor response) Download
Gale Primary Sources (4/14/2020) Download
Gale Primary Sources (vendor response) 4/15/2021 Download
GoogleScholar (12/18/2020) Download
HathiTrust (6/17/2020) Download
IBISWorld (12/10/2019) Download
IGI Global (7/27/2020) Download
InternetArchive (12/10/2020) Download
IOP eBooks (5/21/2018) Download
JSTOR (10/26/2017) Download
Kanopy Streaming Service (2/4/2021) Download
Kanopy Streaming Service (2/12/2018) Download
Knowledge Unlatched (10/23/2019) Download
Lexis Nexis Uni (5/3/2018) Download
LinkedIn Learning Platform (5/21/2020) Download
MathSciNet (11/26/2018) Download
McGraw-Hill AccessMedicine (7/16/2019) Download
Mergent Online (1/15/2019) Download
Morgan and Claypool Synthesis (2/4/2019) Download
NetAdvantage (8/17/2020) Download
OCLC FirstSearch(1/3/2020) Download
OCLC (10/28/2020) Download
OCLC (Vendor Response) Download
OVID LWW (2/12/2018) Download
Oxford Journals (5/30/2018) Download
PLOS ONE (8/14/2020) Download
ProjectMuse (6/10/2020) Download
Project MUSE (Vendor Response) Download
ProQuest Ebook Central (4/16/2021) Download
ProQuest eBook Central (11/27/2017) Download
ProQuest Ebook Central (Vendor Response) Download
ProQuest-Dissertations & Theses Global (2/16/2017) Download
ProQuest-Dissertations & Theses Global (Vendor Response) Download
PubMed (2/18/2019) Download
PsycINFO on Ovid Platform 3/8/2021 Download
Readex - Americas Historical Newspapers (11/16/2018) Download
Reveal Digital’s Independent Voices (12/2/2019) Download
Reveal Digital Independent Voices (vendor response) Download
Rittenhouse R2 (5/29/2019) Download
Rittenhouse R2 (vendor response) Download
SAGE e-Journals (12/20/2017) Download
Sage Research Methods (11/08/2019) Download
ScienceDirect (4/2/2021) Download
SciFinder (5/3/2019) Download
SciFinder-N (5/21/2020) Download
SpringerLink (7/9/2018) Download
SpringerNature (1/4/2018) Download
Swank Motion Pictures (3/27/2020) Download
Taylor & Francis e-Journal (11/7/17) Download
Taylor & Francis eJournals (vendor response) Download
Taylor and Francis e-Books (8/28/2018) Download
Taylor and Francis e-Books (vendor response) Download
University of Michigan Fulcrum (8/16/2019) Download
University of Michigan Fulcrum (Vendor Response) Oct 2019 Download
University of Michigan Fulcrum (Vendor Response) Dec 2019 Download
Web of Science-Platform (2/16/2017) Download
Web of Science-Platform (Vendor Response) Download
Wiley Online Library (1/12/2021) Download
Wiley Online Library (5/26/2017) Download
World Scientific (10/2/2020) Download


These products were reviewed by third-party accessibility consulting companies on the dates indicated. The information in these reports represents the findings of the reviewers at the time of testing and should not be assumed to be accurate past the testing date. The information contained in these reports represents only what testers encountered under the conditions specified in the report and is not meant to encourage or discourage other entities’ usage of these products. Other users and testers are encouraged to do their own assessment.
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Library Accessibility Alliance Contacts:

Maurice York
Library Initiatives
Phone:  (217) 300-0945

Robert Van Rennes
Associate Director
Library Initiatives
Phone:  (217) 300-4744

Elaina Norlin
Professional Development/DEI Coordinator
Association of Southeastern Research Libraries (ASERL)
Phone:  (520) 548-5326

Joni Blake
Executive Director
Greater Western Library Alliance (GWLA)
Phone: (913)370-4422

Mark Jacobs
Executive Director
Washington Research Library Consortium (WRLC)
Phone: (301)390-2031