On March 16, Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed an Executive Order temporarily closing many public spaces. All academic libraries are included in this order. The Main Library is closed, but we still offer virtual services and many resources do remain available. Please see our Online and Distance Learning resource page for specific Library resources. Reference services are still available via chat and phone. We do have temporary policies for returning/renewing material.
Michigan State University is committed to facilitating access to University instruction, communication, research, and business processes, while enhancing community building for the broadest possible audience. The University strives to employ principles of Universal Design and use the Web Accessibility Technical Guidelines (WA Technical Guidelines) and standards in the design, implementation, enhancement, and replacement of web content and services. In doing so, MSU aims to improve access to both current and emerging technologies.
Although the MSU Libraries strive to collect, acquire and develop accessible digital/electronic collections, unfortunately, not all are. The MSU Libraries are able to provide remediated, accessible versions of digital/electronic library documents to library users. Please be in touch to discuss your specific request by contacting us at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about the service, please visit the MSU Libraries’ Remediation page.
The MSU Libraries Web Services team is continually implementing changes to improve in the areas of accessible and universal design.
In the development of this website, we have worked towards adding a significant number of accessibility features. These features complement the use of assistive technologies and help make the site usable to the broadest possible audience, everyone from those who use assistive technologies to those with a low-end browser or computer.
For assistance with the content and function of this site or if you encounter any problems, please contact the Discovery Services at (517) 353-8700 or email@example.com. Persons using assistive devices should contact the Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities: Opens in a New Tab for assistive technology assistance.
Accessible Features in Drupal Content Management System (CMS)
If you rely on a screen reader or other assistive technology, you will be glad to know that we have built this site with Drupal, a content management system, to encourage and support the proper use of semantic markup. For example, you should be able to use headings reliably for page-level navigation.
The Web Services team has worked to identify and resolve accessibility barriers within the site. There have been many improvements to both the visitor and administrator sides of Drupal, especially:
- Search engine form and presentation
- Color contrast and intensity
- Adding skip navigation to core themes
- Image handling
- Form labeling
Users of the JAWS screen reader: Please be aware that JAWS is designed to work best with Internet Explorer. If you are using JAWS but have selected to use another browser, JAWS may not be able to take advantage of the accessibility features provided within this application.
Note: Once you navigate outside of this site these accessibility features might not necessarily be implemented
- In the development of this site, we followed the W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) : Opens in a New Tab.
- For information about MSU's Web accessibility policy, best practices, and related guidelines and resources, please visit webaccess.msu.edu: Opens in a New Tab.
Changing Text Sizes
This site CSS uses relative font sizes, compatible with the user-specified 'text size' option in visual browsers. If you need to change the text size in your web browser, we have the following tutorials:
- Changing Text Size in Internet Explorer: Opens in a New Tab
- Changing Text Size in Google Chrome: Opens in a New Tab
- Changing Text Size in Mozilla Firefox: Opens in a New Tab
- Changing Text Size in Opera: Opens in a New Tab
Links and Images
- Images used in this site include a descriptive 'ALT' attribute. Those images which are purely decorative or used for layout include a null 'ALT' attribute.
- Screen reader table functions within screen readers may be used on this site. The tables are properly coded to take advantage these functions. Example: Using JAWS in Internet Explorer, use Control - ALT - Right Arrow to properly read a table with table headers.
- Tables used in this site make use of proper headers.
MSU has updated its Web Accessibility Policy.
- This site uses Cascading Style Sheets to control all of the presentation. Turning off the style sheet will affect the visual presentation and may affect the functionality of the site for some users.