Services for Patrons with Print Disabilities

Sechelt Library offers numerous options for patrons 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

  • A collection 0f 700,000 title. Includes books in English and French for all ages and interests: classics, bestsellers, biographies, cookbooks, self-help books, and more.
  • Available formats include: books and magazines in audio, e-text and braille; 50 newspapers in e-text; children’s picture books with braille added.
  • Access to physical and Direct to Player formats.
  • Access to Bookshare, a US based accessible online library. (Proof of disability required)
  • How to register: Contact the Sechelt Library, or  Self-register online

NNELS – National Network for Equitable Library Service

  • A Canadian service with online content available to download directly to your computer or device.
  • How to register: Contact the Sechelt Library.

Special Accessibility Collections & Equipment at Sechelt

  • DAISY Collection – DAISY  discs are advanced MP3 discs with special navigation features (e.g. by chapter). Some include both text and audio, allowing for full-text searching & page navigation.
  • DAISY Players – 2 DAISY players available for loan (Plextalk Linio & Victor Reader Stratus) Ability to play DAISY and MP3 books and music on CDs, SD cards, and USB flash drives. Built-in text-to-speech.
  • Sony Radio/Cassette CD Boombox – Plays regular CDs and MP3 formats.
  • Large Print Computer Keyboards – VisionBoard donated by Community Futures Entrepreneurs with Disabilities Program. Large, high visibility keys offer improved readability and control for those who find it difficult to use a traditional keyboard.
  • Braille – Small collection of children’s braille & PrintBraille picture books.

Resources Available to All Library Patrons

  • Large Print Collection – 1,682-titles with easy-to-read font size 14 point or larger.  Browse our collection…
  • ILL – Many materials are shared among libraries in BC and across Canada.
  • RBdigital – Access eBooks & eAudiobooks using the free RBDigital App. Includes videos & magazines. Create account with your Sechelt Library card.
  • Overdrive – Access eBooks & eAudiobooks using the free Libby App. Create account with your Sechelt Library card.
  • Tumblebooks Library – Animated talking picture books for children. Some read-a-loud features.
  • Audio Book Collection – The library has an extensive collection of over 1200 audio-books in CD & MP3 formats. See our collection…  Note: Audiobook covers include Title & Author in braille, to enable independent browsing by braille users.
  • Forget your glasses at home?  We have print magnifiers in the DVD section, and a magnifying glass that you can borrow from the front desk.

Free & Accessible Reading apps & software

  • EasyReader App – For Windows, iOS & Android users.
  • Amis – Self-voicing Windows compatible software program for reading DAISY books.
  • For a more extensive list of popular reading apps, with accessibility features reviewed Browse here