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The International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) is a non-profit organization that represents an international network of people who are committed to bringing children and books together. One project, the IBBY Collection for Young People with Disabilities, is located at North York Central Library and includes:

  • Outstanding examples of books for and about young people with disabilities
  • 4,000 titles in over 40 languages
  • Specialized formats such as Braille, PCS and Sign Language
  • Tactile and textile books

Read about the 2019 IBBY selections and more on our blog.

Location and Access

The collection is located on the main floor in the Children's Department at the North York Central Library, 5120 Yonge St, Toronto, Ontario.

Find out more about hours and collection accessibility.

Past Exhibits

Image credit: Nej!
Written and illustrated by Stina Wirsén
Stockholm, Sweden: Bonnier Carlsen, 2015

You, Me, Us: Outstanding Books For and About Children with Disabilities

November 16, 2019 to January 26, 2020

Our annual family-focused exhibit highlighted “the best of the best” from The International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) Collection for Young People with Disabilities.

About the exhibit

Watch a video about the exhibit


Every two years the IBBY Collection for Young People with Disabilities, in conjunction with the IBBY Secretariat, selects 40 outstanding books for and about young people with disabilities, which are annotated in a print/online catalogue. See submission guidelines.

About IBBY

Founded in Zurich, Switzerland in 1953, the IBBY organization is composed of over 70 National Sections all over the world, including Canada. It represents countries with well-developed book publishing and literacy programs, and other countries with only a few dedicated professionals who are doing pioneer work in children’s book publishing and promotion. An important goal is to give children everywhere access to books with high literary and artistic standards, including young people with disabilities.

For more information, visit


IBBY Collection of Books for Young People with Disabilities
North York Central Library Branch, Children’s Department
Toronto Public Library
5120 Yonge St.
Toronto, ON M2N 5N9
Tel: +1 (416) 395-5630