Services for Patrons with Print Challenges

Sechelt Library offers numerous options for individuals unable to read conventional print due to a physical, visual, or learning disability.

Special Accessibility Collections with Partner Organizations:

CELA – Centre for Equitable Library Access

Canadian Collection:

  • Canada’s largest collection (over 700,000 items) of accessible format books and online resources for all ages. Includes newspapers, magazines, and books in audio, e-text and braille. Download books or receive home delivery by mail.
  • CELA Registration for Canadian Collection:  Self-register online

US Collection:

  • CELA members can access a US based collection (through Bookshare) of over 800,000 titles in e-book and e-braille. Includes books for all ages, covering a range of topics. Audiobooks are in synthetic speech (computer voiced). Note: Proof of disability is required.
  • CELA Registration for US Collection (Bookshare):  
    1. Register at CELA (must be done first) Self-register online 
    2. Download the proof of disability form. Follow the instructions on the form.

NNELS – National Network for Equitable Library Service

Special Accessibility Collections & Equipment at Sechelt Library

  • Daisy Disc Collection. Daisy discs are advanced MP3 discs with special navigation features. Some include both text and audio, allowing for full-text searching & page navigation. Sechelt Library has a rotating collection of 100 titles available for loan. DAISY compatible player required (see below).
  • Daisy Players. 2 DAISY players available for loan (Plextalk Linio Victor Reader Stratus). These compact, simple to use devices feature tactile, high-contrast keys, as well as high quality speech and adjustable volume controls and playback speed. Basic navigation features allow you to skip from section to section or page to page. Ability to play DAISY and MP3 books, as well as music on CDs, and USB flash drives. Available to borrow for 6 weeks, with option to renew.
  • Sony Radio/Cassette CD Boombox Plays regular CDs and MP3 formats. Available to borrow for 6 weeks with option to renew.
  • Large Print Computer Keyboards (VisionBoard)                                                                                                                              Large, high visibility keys offer improved readability and control for those who find it difficult to use a traditional keyboard.
  • Braille Books  Small collection of children’s braille & print-braille picture books.

Resources Available to All Library Patrons

The following resources offer more accessible reading options such as audiobooks and large print. Features may include ability to adjust font size, backlighting while reading, and lighter weight type books.

Leave your Glasses at Home?  We have magnifying sheets in the DVD section and a magnifying glass that you can borrow from the front desk.

Accessible Reading Apps & Software

Comprehensive List of Reading Systems   For popular reading apps with accessibility features Browse here