Accessible Collections

Services for customers with a perceptual disability

Accessible Audiobook Collection

What is this collection?

This collection provides audiobooks to patrons with a perceptual disability (also called a print disability), in addition to the library’s regular audiobook collection. To follow Canadian copyright law, these items are only available to customers with perceptual disabilities.

What is a perceptual disability?

According to the Canadian Copyright Act, a perceptual disability means any disability that prevents or inhibits a person from reading a book in its original format. This can include visual disabilities, comprehension disabilities, or difficulty holding or moving physical books.

How do I use this collection?

You must register to borrow from this collection. Registration includes a self-declaration that you have a perceptual disability. The library does not require any proof of this disability at registration. Items in this collection can be placed on hold and sent to any Richmond Public Library location. They can also be accessed through our Home Services Delivery, for customers who are not able to visit the library in person.

Further resources

Richmond Public Library is also a member of CELA (Centre for Equitable Library Access) and NNELS (National Network for Equitable Library Service). These services provide additional accessible collections for customers, including digital audiobooks, e-books, and braille. Library staff can register you for these services. For any questions or more information about the Accessible Audiobook Collection or Home Services Delivery, please call 604-231-6406 or email

DAISY Players

A DAISY player is an audiobook player specifically designed for users with perceptual disabilities. The library has DAISY players available to borrow. You must register as an Accessible Audiobook Collection user to borrow a DAISY player.

Services for all customers

Large Print Books

Large print books feature clear, oversized, high-contrast type perfect for those who prefer reading larger font. We have a wide range of titles including bestsellers, mysteries, romance and more. Ask a staff member for more details.


We have magnifiers available for use at all our library locations.

Low Vision Computers

All library locations have computers with large print, high contrast keyboards.

Interlibrary Loan

Interlibrary Loan (e.g. DAISY, MP3 CDs, large print) Does RPL not have the book you’re for? You might be able to order it in from another library! Illume is the Interlibrary loan service between public and post-secondary libraries in BC & Yukon.

Audiobooks on CD

Audiobooks on CD contains the audio of a specified book for your enjoyment.  

eBooks & Audiobooks

Enjoying eBooks and eAudiobooks from Libby on your tablet, smartphone and computer is easy with the Libby app. Check out our digital collections page to find out more. Libby has a range of accessibility features such as screen reader support and adjustable text size.