Accommodating users with disabilities is not a new endeavor for libraries. However, the evolving landscape of content digitization and the shifting nature of the scholarly communication eco-system presents new challenges for libraries attempting to adhere to institutional policies and meet legal requirements regarding online accessibility for those users.

The LYRASIS accessibility survey was conducted in early 2019 as a mechanism to better understand how (primarily academic) libraries within the United States are handling accessibility for their online content, and more specifically, where they stand in terms of policy and implementation.

The core output of this survey is the 2019 LYRASIS Accessibility Survey Report. The report is able to identify trends across a wide range of libraries, including:

  • Libraries are the most progressive in terms of accessibility when they maintain the most control over their content.

  • National policies and community technical guidelines on accessibility hold more prominence than local or institutional mandates.

  • Most accessibility training is self-initiated; more infrastructure is needed to train librarians in accessibility mandates and tools.