Accessibility Services

Borrowing Accommodations

Extended Loans

Extended loans are available for customers who are temporarily homebound due to illness or other disability.  Some borrowing restrictions apply.  Please enquire at your local library branch for further information.

 

Shut-in Membership

Customers homebound on a long term, or continuing basis, may apply for “Shut-in” membership. This membership category automatically applies an extended loan period of 42 days to all eligible items borrowed on the Shut-in customer’s library card.

 

Home Delivery

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.

 

 

Accessible Book Formats 

Large Print Books

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

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.

 

eBooks and eAudiobooks

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 OneClickdigital online collections.

 

Daisy Discs and Taped Books

Daisy Discs are audiobooks on a single CD.  Taped books are professional produced audiobooks recorded on cassette tapes.  These books are available to customers who have registered as a user with a visual, physical, or learning disability.  To apply for access to this collection, visit your local library branch.

 

Online Collections 

Centre for Equitable Library Access Collection (CELA)

The Centre for Equitable Library Access (CELA) is a national non-profit organization established by Canadian public libraries. The purpose is to support the provision of accessible collections for Canadians with print disabilities to access media and reading materials in the format of their choice.

Any ORL card holder who has a learning, visual, or physical disability that prevents them from reading conventional print can register to use the CELA service by contacting their local library branch. Once registered with CELA, customers will have the option to have material downloaded onto a home computer or device, or to be delivered by mail directly to their home.

More information about CELA can be found on their website: http://www.celalibrary.ca.

 

National Network for Equitable Library Service (NNELS)

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.

Access to NNELS is available to ORL card holders who have a print disability. This includes patrons with visual impairments or blindness, patrons with physical disabilities that make it difficult to hold a book, or perceptual disabilities that make it difficult to understand a book by reading it.

Available digital book formats include DAISY, MP3, eTEXT, PDF, and EPUB.

To start borrowing digital books from NNELS, you will need to click on the Sign Up button on the NNELS website.

Choose your library branch, and enter your library card number and PIN code. After a quick registration on the website, you are ready to start borrowing.

When you visit the NNELS collection again, you will just need to click on the Login button, and enter you library card number and PIN code to continue borrowing books.

Confirm with your nearest library branch that your library card is eligible for logging in to use the NNELS service.

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