Declaration on Accessibility

Hagen University Library makes every effort to ensure that its website (hereinafter: publication server) is accessible in accordance with national legislation on the implementation of Directive (EU) 2016/2102 of the European Parliament.

Status of Compliance with Legal Requirements

The publication server is partially compliant with the Disability Equality Act of North Rhine-Westphalia (BGG NRW) and the Barrier-free Information Technology Ordinance of North Rhine-Westphalia (BITV NRW).

Content with Possible Accessibility Issues

Some of the documents published on the publication server are not wholly barrier-free and cannot be automatically converted into an accessible format, as

  • Hagen University Library does not have the right to modify the files,
  • the source formats are not available,
  • the citability of the documents would no longer be guaranteed.
Subsequent manual processing of the documents is disproportionately labor-intensive and is only carried out in exceptional cases.

In digital copies created from scans of existing printed works, OCR software is used to place text behind the page images. No further processing is carried out with regard to accessibility in order to preserve the authenticity of the reproduction.

The publication server is aimed at academics from the respective faculties. Due to the complex content, it is not possible to use simple language and common technical terms and abbreviations are used.

Creation of this accessibility statement

This declaration was created on 23 September 2020. The assessment is based on self-evaluation.

Contact and Feedback

If you notice any deficiencies regarding the barrier-free design of the website, please do not hesitate to contact us. We are always happy to hear any idea or suggestions you might have.

You can reach us by email at
Our postal address is:
Universitätsbibliothek Hagen
Universitätsstraße 21-23
58097 Hagen
You can reach us by telephone on 02331 987 2897.

Ombudsman’s Office for Accessible Information Technology of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia

If you have not received a satisfactory response to messages or inquiries about accessible information technology on the website from the contact persons named there, you can contact the ombudsman’s office for accessible information technology. With the involvement of all parties concerned, the ombudsman’s office will attempt to determine the circumstances of the lack of accessibility so that the provider can rectify them.

This task is assigned to the representative for the interests of people with disabilities in accordance with Section 11 of the North Rhine-Westphalia Equal Opportunities for Disabled Persons Act and who can be reached via the following contact details:

Ministerium für Arbeit, Gesundheit und Soziales des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen
Fürstenwall 25
40219 Düsseldorf
You can also reach the ombudsman’s office at the following email address: