Accessibility notice

This website belongs to Tallinn Central Library. The website does not comply with the accessibility requirements established under §32 of the Public Information Act. Contact information is provided at the end of the notice for reporting any accessibility issues with the website.

The following content and features do not comply with legal standards:

There is no link in the menu for jumping to the main content of the page when using the keyboard.

This “skip to main content” link is necessary for those who use keyboard-only navigation which works by pressing the Tab key repeatedly. Every keypress brings the focus to a next element, ie. link or a button. The absence of such link makes movement too slow, as one has to “tab” through the whole upper menu of each new opened page on the site. This fails accessibility requirement

Search field lacks a descriptive label, and the search button does not have a textual description.

This fails accessibility requirement

Selecting the search destination (if you want to search the website, e-catalogue ESTER or e-libraries ELLU and Overdrive) is not accessible when navigating with the keyboard.

When a user reviews the page with a screen reader, the search destination options are not “visible” for screen readers, hence the user does not know that they can change the search destination in the search field. Alternative: When continuing “tabbing down” the front page, eventually the same search destination link options that are provided in the search box are reached. E-libraries ELLU and Overdrive in the introductory text and the e-catalogue ESTER can be found in the quick access menu. This fails accessibility requirement

At smaller zoom levels, parts of the search destination become invisible to screen readers.

The web browser hides some elements from the interface through which the screen reader and the web browser communicate. Although screen reader users listen, rather than view pages, they often use smaller zoom levels to force dynamically changing web pages to use the desktop view. When all text/components on the page fit to the screen at once, the screen reader can provide an overview of the entire content of the page. This fails accessibility requirement

Some content lacks heading elements or text parts used as headings are not marked as headings in the code.

All headings must be marked with the appropriate element in the website’s code to allow users of assistive technologies to identify all headings because headings are used by assistive technologies for navigating on the page. On this page, some text used as headings is not semantically marked as headings, which slows down screen reader users’ movement between content areas. This fails accessibility requirement;;

The labels on images are inconsistent.

Descriptive alt-text is added to images on the website for screen reader users, which regular readers do not see. The text describing the visuals on this page has partly no meaning because as default, the website adds a label to each uploaded image on the site. Hence illustrative elements and posters have meaningless alt-text names instead of being invisible for screen readers, creating unnecessary information noise for the users. This fails accessibility requirement

The coding names are missing on contact form input fields.

For screen reader users, verbal names are added to all contact form elements, such as input fields, checkboxes, etc. This fails accessibility requirement

Interactive elements (e.g., buttons) on content added to the page via iframe (HTML element) can be clicked with a mouse but cannot be focused on using the keyboard.

Therefore, screen reader users cannot access these content areas placed to iframes. This fails accessibility requirement

Text on the website does not have sufficient contrast and the website lacks a style switcher function.

Text contrast is important for visually impaired users to make reading text easier. Contrast is assessed as the ratio of text to background color, also font size and typeface is taken into account when measuring contrast. The style switcher function provides the option to switch to a high-contrast view (yellow text on a black background).
In some cases, enlarging the content of the page using built-in functionality of the web browser can be helpful. All popular web browsers allow users to zoom in and out of a page by holding down the Ctrl key (Cmd key on the OS X operating system) and pressing either the + or – key simultaneously. This fails accessibility requirement

Refusing cookies is unreasonably complex for the average user.

The website uses data collection cookies to optimize its operations, and refusing cookies is unreasonably complex. Actually, in order to use all the functions of the page, users essentially have to agree to all cookies. This fails accessibility requirement

The audio control for joining the newsletter is in English.

When checking “are you human” on the newsletter page, the audio control is in English, which requires relatively good English language skills. For those who want to receive our newsletter, but cannot proceed with the sign-up process, the alternative is to turn to our libraries’ personnel for help. This fails accessibility requirement

Links are distinguished from normal text only by color.

Color should not be the only means of distinguishing visual information (in addition to different colors, lines should also be added to differentiate links). On the libraries website, all links are distinguished from the main text only by blue color. This fails accessibility requirement

The names of the links used on the page are not always understandable when taken out of context.

Accessibility assistive technologies have the ability to generate lists of links on web pages, from which users can select information of interest to them. Therefore, the words used as a link should have a specific meaning when searched independently. This fails accessibility requirement


The following content and features are subject to a disproportionate burden.

Videos published on the Library’s YouTube and Facebook channels do not have subtitles.

To make the videos accessible, subtitles conveying synchronously their content must be added. The Tallinn Central Library has so far considered adding subtitles to videos disproportionately burdensome.


The Tallinn Central Library is in the process of acquiring a new website that meets all accessibility requirements. We will also try to improve the accessibility of this website if possible. If you would like to provide feedback on accessibility or if something essential remains inaccessible to you, please contact us using the contacts below.


Phone: 683 0925

We usually respond within five working days.

Supervisory Authority

The Consumer Protection and Technical Regulatory Authority supervises the accessibility of public service websites and applications.



Telefon: 667 2000

This accessibility notice is based on self-assessment.

This notice was prepared on February 2, 2024.