Accessible Formats

Reading. Reimaged!  Print alternatives at your Library.

If you know someone who has trouble reading print because of a disability, a partnership between NGPL and the Centre for Equitable Library Access (CELA) offers lots of other ways to read.

  • Audio, e-text, Braille and other formatsCELA_Logo_Star_Colour
  • Accessible books, newspapers & magazines
  • Material for all ages and interests
  • Summer Reading Club for Children
  • Accessible online services – read or do research on the web
  • Material in English or French


Access to the CELA collection is available to people who are unable to read conventional print due to a disability, which includes:

  • Learning disability: an impairment relating to comprehension
  • Physical disability inability to hold or manipulate a book
  • Visual disability: severe or total impairment of sight or the inability to focus or move ones’s eyes

Note: No documentation is required from your doctor.  You can self-declare your need to access this service and will not be turned away.  If you have difficulty picking up, or holding a book, you are also eligible.  This service is not limited to persons with visual or learning disabilities.


You can utilize the collection in a number of ways:

  • Borrow from the circulating collection at the library, A Daisy reader is available for short-term loans.
  • Download books to a DAISY player over a wireless connection without using a computer
  • Receive audio CDs, Braille or described movies through your local branch or by mail directly to your home.

For more information and to register for CELA, please contact Kelvin Lee, Manager of Information Services at 613-258-4711, or
The CELA website can be found at