Universal Design in libraries

Universal Design sets out to design products and environments that are accessible, easily comprehensible, and usable, for all categories of user. The article outlines the seven key principles of Universal Design -equitable use, flexibility and simplicity of use, intuitive use, perceptible information, tolerance for error, low physical effort, and size and space for approach and use- and looks at examples where they have been applied in libraries. It focuses particularly on a joint project between the French government, the département of Ille-et-Vilaine, and the Rennes Métropole urban area to improve accessibility to public libraries for a disabled readership.