Holiday Closure: All branches of the Okanagan Regional Library will be closed from Monday, December 23 through Wednesday, January 1, for the holidays. See you when the library system re-opens on Thursday, January 2!
The ORL strives to support patrons with diverse needs through a variety of different collections, program, and services.
View our booklists, created by our librarians, for parents and caretakers of children and teens with diversabilities or additional needs.
The Centre for Equitable Library Access (CELA) is a national non-profit organization established by Canadian public libraries to support Canadians with print disabilities* to access media and reading materials in the format of their choice. After registering with CELA, you can download material to a home computer or device, or have material mailed directly to your home.
The CELA catalogue includes material from the American service, Bookshare. To access material from Bookshare, the United States requires a Proof of Disability form.
NNELS is the National Network for Equitable Library Service, a provincially-funded online collection of digital books for readers with print disabilities*, available at https://nnels.ca. Once registered with NNELS, you will be able to download digital book formats including DAISY, MP3, eTEXT, PDF, and EPUB.
There are a variety of electronic books available for download to a computer or portable device using a valid library card and PIN code. These can be borrowed for free through our ORL eBooks and RBdigital online collections.
Large print books can be borrowed by everyone with a library card. Titles include a wide choice of popular titles, fiction and non-fiction.
Audiobooks are full length recordings of popular fiction and non-fiction on multiple CDs that you can listen to on your computer (with a disk drive) or CD player. These books are available to anyone with a library card.
Daisy Discs are audiobooks on a single CD. These books are available to readers with print disabilities.* To apply for access to this collection, visit your local library branch.
A print disability is defined in the Canadian Copyright Act and is a disability that a person from reading print in its original format due to:
Not sure if you qualify? Ask us.
Some examples of inclusive programs that our branches offer are:
Join a deaf storyteller and a children's librarian for stories, songs, rhymes, and crafts presented in both American Sign Language and English. Financial assistance provided by the Central Okanagan Foundation.
Contact the Rutland or Westbank Branch for more information.
An all-inclusive book club, welcoming everyone regardless of reading ability and encouraging adults with diverse abilities to take part in discussions about new as well as classic titles. Books will be read together in a group setting with all participants invited to read aloud. Assistance with echo reading will be provided for those who wish to use it.
Contact the Kelowna Branch for more information.
The Audiobook Club is not a conventional book club. It focuses on the audio resources the Okanagan Regional Library offers now and in the future.
Contact the Vernon Branch for more information.
Meet with others using AAC devices and learn from and with each other.
Extended loans are available for customers who are homebound temporarily or on a continued basis due to illness or other disability. An extended loan period of 42 days is applied to all eligible items borrowed. Some borrowing restrictions apply. Please enquire at your local library branch for further information.
Some library branches partner with local organizations to provide home delivery of library materials to homebound customers. Please ask at your local library branch if home delivery is available in your community.
Friendly staff at all library branches are available to help. Most library branches are accessible and some branches offer additional equipment such as walkers and Optelec machines.
A list of service providers [PDF] in the Central, North, and South Okanagan regions, created by our librarians, for parents of children and teens.
Bookshare is an American site that allows access close to 500,000 titles free for people with print disabilities!
Bookshare lets you download books in DAISY Text, DAISY Audio (synthetic voice), MP3 (synthetic voice), or Braille Ready Format. Access Bookshare via CELA.
Librivox is a collection of free public domain audiobooks read by volunteers from around the world.
Project Gutenberg offers over 57,000 free eBooks from the world's great literature, with focus on older works for which copyright has expired. Thousands of volunteers digitized and diligently proofread the eBooks, for enjoyment and education.