We have special collections, programs and adaptive technologies for people with print disabilities so they can continue to experience the joy of reading.
Accessible audiobook service
Who can sign up for this service?
Anyone who is unable to read or handle books due to a permanent or temporary visual or physical disability, such as:
- Low vision and blindness
- Recovery from cataract surgery
- Mobility problems such as MS and Parkinson's
How does the service work?
Pick up an eligibility form from the library or download a copy (PDF).
Once you have registered with us, you will have access to an exclusive collection of audiobooks, available in different formats:
- Discs (MP3, CD or DAISY)
DAISY discs are made in such a way that let readers easily navigate within an audiobook (e.g. to skip to specific parts of the book)
*Because of its special features, Daisy discs cannot be played on a regular CD player
Audiobooks can be downloaded from:
• National Network for Equitable Library Service (NNELS)
• OneClickdigital, provided by InterLINK
Listen on your computer, or put them on CDs or USB sticks for your portable device.
Staff will be happy to show you how to download audiobooks
We can request titles from other libraries for you, or submit a request to NNELS to have an accessible audiobook made for you, if it has not been produced commercially.
Picking up your audiobooks
- Pick up from the Library at your convenience
- Have us mailed them to you
Equipment needed to listen to audiobooks
The library offers audiobook players for loan if you do not have one.
Different devices can be used to listen to audiobooks, including:
Portable digital talking book players
- Simple audiobook players that can read DAISY files
- Often designed with bigger buttons
- Some also works with audiobooks downloaded to USB sticks or SD cards
- Borrow one from the Library if you do not have one of your own to try it out
Computers or laptops
- Most can play regular audiobooks , not DAISY audiobooks
Tablets and smartphones
NEW! NNELS (National Network for Equitable Library Service)
As an accessible audiobook service member, you will have instant access to NNELS, a rapidly growing online collection of books in DAISY, PDF and e-text format.
Books in large print
- No waiting time! Search and download titles from the comfort of your home
- Listen to audiobooks on your computer or transfer to a portable player
- Can't find a title you are looking for? Request an audiobook to be made for you
- Learn how to use the service with these helpful online tutorials
- Contact us for a demo
- Large print collection:
Popular fiction and non-fiction titles in hardcover and paperback format.
Public computer and internet station
One of our computer stations is specially equipped with:
- Zoomtext: To use with word processing
- Internet OpenBook: To scan pages and read to you
- Large print keyboard
Ex Libris Talking Book Club
- A book discussion group primarily for people with print disabilities, but all are welcome
- Meets the 1st Friday of each month (11:00 am to 12:30 pm) in the ParkLane Room
- See the event calendar for more details