Accessibility Guidance


We are committed to providing a platform which is accessible to the widest possible audience and are actively working to increase the accessibility and usability of the service.

The VLeBooks platform is designed in line with WCAG2.0 recommendations and we are working towards WCAG2.1AA compatibility.

Last updated October 2019.

Digital Rights Management (DRM)

The ‘Online Reader’ element of the platform has limitations due to Digital Rights Management (DRM).

VleBooks come with DRM to protect content. This directs the print and copy allowances in addition to licence terms. The licences available through your library are shown against each title, as are the print and copy allowances.

Contact your library helpdesk to see if an accessible format/DRM free copy can be made available from the publisher.

Reading Options

You have two reading options.

You can use our own reader by choosing ‘Read Online’ to access features such as:

  • Table of contents with direct chapter access
  • Full text searching
  • Dictionary
  • Annotations; bookmarks, highlights and notes
  • Thumbnails
  • Double page read
  • Page rotation
  • Colour palate

Alternatively, you can download by choosing ‘Download’ and read using your chosen software or the VleBooks App which is available FREE via the IOS or Play Store.

Assistive Technology Recommendations

The online reader is compatible with screen readers that provide OCR functionality, such as Read and Write Gold and eBooks downloaded to eReader software such as Adobe Digital Editions can be read by most other software. Common software and their compatibility:

Read & Write Gold

This software has Optical Character Recognition (OCR) capability which enables the eBook to be read via the online reader or via download through Adobe Digital Editions.

JAWS, NVDA, Claro Read

Download the eBook to Adobe Digital Editions to enable this software to perform. This is not compatible with the online reader.

3rd Party Assistive Tools & Plugins

Use the following link for information on other tools which may help your reading experience:


To download eBooks you need a device which is compatible with Adobe Digital Editions. You can download the software for FREE via

Image Descriptions

The platform does not support image descriptions at this time.

Formats Available

eBooks will either be PDF or EPUB3, according to the content supplied by publishers. As such, please see the Assistive Technology Recommendations for reading options.


The platform provides 20 plus levels of magnification. Windows & iOS magnifier can also be used. Reflow is available for eBooks that have been downloaded.

Edit Accessibility Settings

This feature enables you to set your own preferences for the platform e.g. font and contrast. The options are applied permanently or until you make a change. Access the feature via the ‘Edit Accessibility Settings’ tab under the ‘Home’ area of the platform.

Colours & Contrasts

When using ‘Read Online’ you can change the background colour to suit your requirements. Select ‘read online’ and access the colour wheel in the top right hand corner of the screen. To amend contrast you will need a browser plugin such as ‘High Contrast’ on Chrome.

Copying & Printing

Your available print and copy allowances are clearly shown for each eBook and your current activity and usage is shown, when using the ‘Read Online’ facility.

Compatible Devices

The platform is built with a responsive design so that it will adapt itself according to the device and browser size that you are using. All standard devices are supported, including Windows PC, MAC, IOS and Android devices.

Table of contents provides the navigation tags at heading level and provides links to chapters or specific areas in the book. The platform also provides the ability to go straight into page numbers.

Keyboard Shortcuts

ctrl+shift+HomeGoto Page1
ctrl+shift+EndGoto Last Page
ctrl+shift+PageUpScroll down a Page
ctrl+shift+PageDownScroll up a Page
ctrl+shift+1Set Focus Page Number Input Box
ctrl+shift+2Add a page note to the current page
ctrl+shift+3Cycle through Single Page, Double Page, Cover Page view
ctrl+shift+4Bookmark this page
ctrl+shift+5Goto next bookmark
ctrl+shift+6Zoom to Fit to page
ctrl+shift+7Zoom to Fit to width
ctrl+shift+8Rotate current page
ctrl+shift+p or ctrl+pPrint Dialog
ctrl+shift+k or ctrl+kCopy Text from current page
ctrl+shift+eExport annotations
ctrl+shift+sShow annotation share code popup
ctrl+shift+yImport annotation share code
ctrl+shift+zZoom in
ctrl+shift+xZoom out
ctrl+shift+fToggle sidebar
ctrl+shift+qCycle page background colour
f1Link to Help document
ctrl+shift+f1Allowance Summary
ctrl+shift+f2TOC (Table Of Contents) Tab