Katalog der Deutschen Nationalbibliothek

Statement on accessibility

This statement on accessibility applies to the website https://katalog.dnb.de.

Accessibility on this website

The German National Library attaches great importance to making its library catalogue https://katalog.dnb.de barrier-free. The regulations governing barrier-free access are set out in the currently valid versions of the Act on Equal Opportunities for People with Disabilities (Behindertengleichstellungsgesetz, BGG) and the Barrier-Free Information Technology Ordinance (Barrierefreie Informationstechnik-Verordnung, BITV 2.0).
The catalogue is currently undergoing further development. Functions designed to make the service easier to use are continually being added and upgraded.
The German National Library pays particular attention to the following accessibility functions on its bilingual catalogue:

  • Content is structured accessibly. Headings and lists are posted using structural elements of HTML. Page content is arranged in a meaningful order, regardless of how it is presented. Layout tables are not used.
  • Images, graphics and other non-text elements with significant content are provided with alternative texts.
  • Colours are not used as the sole informative element for understanding the individual web page.
  • All contrast specifications are adhered to.

The content management system used by the German National Library, the Government Site Builder, provides significant support with regard to accessibility.

Non-accessible contents

The following functions are currently being developed and will go live step by step:

  • The website will become keyboard-operable.
  • The keyboard control focus will be clearly visible at all times.
  • Users will be able to have important content read aloud by a screen reader.

We are constantly at pains to optimise the accessibility of our catalogue and to adjust it to new framework requirements. Should you notice any barriers, we will be grateful if you notify us of this by sending a message to barrierefreiheit@dnb.de.

This statement was issued on 30 June 2022.

Feedback and Contact

Have you noticed problems with barrier-free access to content on https://katalog.dnb.de? Or do you have questions about accessibility? If so, you are welcome to contact us at:
Deutsche Nationalbibliothek
Digitale Dienste / Barrierefreiheit
Adickesallee 1
60322 Frankfurt am Main
Phone: +49 69 1525-1650

Arbitration proceedings

The Federal Government Commissioner for Matters relating to Persons with Disabilities operates an Arbitration Service as described in section 16 BGG. The task of the Arbitration Service is to settle disputes between persons with disabilities and public authorities. You can turn to the Arbitration Service if you are not satisfied with the answers given by the contact provided above. Arbitration is not about finding winners or losers. Instead, the aim is to find a mutually acceptable solution out of court with the help of the Arbitration Service. Arbitration procedures are free of charge. Neither do you require legal counsel.
The Arbitration Service website contains everything you need to know about arbitration procedures. Here you can find out what happens during an arbitration procedure and how you can apply for arbitration. You can also submit an application in simple language or German sign language. You can reach the Arbitration Service at the following address:
Schlichtungsstelle nach dem Behindertengleichstellungsgesetz
bei dem Beauftragten der Bundesregierung für die Belange von Menschen mit Behinderungen
Mauerstraße 53
10117 Berlin
Phone: +49 30 18 527-2805
Fax: +49 30 18 527-2901

Last changes: 30.06.2022
Contact: barrierefreiheit@dnb.de