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Collections for People with Disabilities

Toronto Public Library offers a wide range of materials in alternate formats for customers with visual impairments, physical disabilities, and learning disabilities. You can find specific materials by searching the catalogue for the format needed. Items available for circulation can be put on hold and delivered to your local branch for pick-up.

Large Print Books

Large print books are available at many of our library branches. Titles include a wide choice of best-sellers, fiction and non-fiction. Some books are also available in French.

Audiobooks

Audiobooks are full length recordings of popular fiction and non-fiction books on CD that you can listen to on your computer or portable device. Some titles are available in other languages.

Talking Books

Talking books are audiobooks on a single CD with full navigation. Listeners can jump from page to page, bookmark pages as well as go directly to a specific page number. These books are available to customers who are unable to read print due to a visual, physical or learning disability. Register by submitting a Talking Book Application Form (PDF), which must be certified by a recognized health professional such as a doctor, nurse, therapist or social worker. Forms can be:

Ebooks, eAudiobooks, eMusic and eVideo

There are a variety of eBooks, eAudiobooks, eMusic and eVideos for children and adults that can be downladed to a computer or portable device with a valid library card and PIN number.

Videos

Descriptive Videos

Descriptive videos are films with special narration which describes the action, characters, costumes, locations and sets to a viewer with visual disabilities without interfering with the movie's dialogue or sound effects. They are available in both DVD and VHS.

Click here for more information on locating descriptive videos and DVDs.

Closed Captioned Videos

Closed captioned videos have subtitles that can be seen with a closed captioned decoder or with a built-in decoder on newer televisions. Most feature DVDs come with optional subtitles as well.

Centre for Equitable Library Access Collection

Toronto Public Library also offers access to the Centre for Equitable Library Access (CELA) collection for people who have difficulty reading print due to a visual, physical or learning disability. With over 200,000 items in accessible formats, the CELA collection represents Canada's largest collection of alternative format books and online resources. The collection is in both English and French and includes:

Eligibility Guidelines

Access to the CELA collection is available only to people with perceptual disabilities as defined under the provisions of the Copyright Modernization Act, which includes:

How to Register and Use the Collection

Eligible Toronto Public Library users with a valid library card can register for this service by contacting Home Library Service by phone at 416-395-5557 or by email at celaregistration@torontopubliclibrary.ca. If you do not already have a library card, staff will get you registered as part of the CELA registration process.

Access to the collection is offered in a number of ways:

Visit the CELA website for more information about the collection.

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