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Services for Print Disabled

CELA and NNELS are free services for library patrons with print disabilities. These services ensure equitable access to library materials.

  • CELA - Centre for Equitable Library Access
  • NNELS - National Network for Equitable Library Service

Contact us for more information, or to register as a patron with print disabilities.

Print Disabilities Defined

The Canadian Copyright Act defines "perceptual disabilities" as including:

  • Learning Disability - an impairment relating to comprehension
  • Physical Disability - the inability to hold or manipulate a book
  • Visual Disability - severe or total impairment of sight or the inability to focus or move one's eyes

A person may be temporarily print disabled and still be eligible to use CELA and NNELS

CELA Frequently Asked Questions
Who is eligible to use CELA?

CELA services are for library patrons with print disabilities, whether permanent or temporary.

How do I register for CELA services?

Self-register online at signup.celalibrary.ca. Once registered you will be able to request materials. 

If you require assistance registering, contact us or your local public library.

Why types of content and formats does CELA provide?

CELA's collection includes materials in English and French for all ages and interests.

Materials are available in a variety of formats:

PHYSICAL FORMATS:

  • DAISY discs
  • Audiobooks on CD
  • Braille materials

DIGITAL FORMATS:

  • DAISY files
  • Downloadable audiobooks
  • Newspapers
How do I access CELA materials?

Once you are registered, you can search or browse for materials at celalibrary.ca.

  • Download materials to your computer or mobile device.
  • Receive DAISY discs, audiobook CDs, Braille materials, or described videos by mail direct to your home. No postage is required to return materials.
  • Borrow physical materials from deposit collections at your local library (collections vary by location). Contact your local library for more information.
NNELS Frequently Asked Questions
Who is eligible to use NNELS?

NNELS services are for library patrons with print disabilities, whether permanent or temporary.

How do I register for NNELS services?

Contact us or your local library to register you for Print Disabled Services. 

Once registered, login to nnels.ca using your library card barcode number and PIN.

What types of content and formats does NNELS provide?

NNELS content is predominantly popular fiction and non-fiction for all ages. Some French content is available.

NNELS materials are available in a variety of digital formats: 

  • Downloadable audiobooks in DAISY or MP3 formats
  • Downloadable eBooks in ePUB, eTEXT, and PDF formats
How do I access NNELS materials?

Once you are registered and logged in to nnels.ca you can search or browse for materials.

  • Download materials to your computer or mobile device
  • Transfer files to your iPod, MP3 player, Victor or DAISY Reader
  • Download audiobooks to your computer and burn onto discs tp be played in a DAISY Reader 
What if the audibook title I want isn't available in NNELS?

If the audiobook you are looking for isn't available in NNELS, you can request it to be added to the NNELS collection nnels.ca/contact.

Library Materials for Patrons with Print Disabilities

Marigold Library System and your local public library provide collections of LARGE PRINT books, physical AUDIOBOOKS on CD or MP3 disc, and downloadable eBOOKS and eAUDIOBOOKS.

Visit the online library catalogue, TRACpac to search for materials:

→ Search by: author, title, subject, or genre

→ Limit by format: Large print, Audio-book, Ebook, Eaudiobook

If you require assistance searching for library materials, please contact us or your local public library.