Accessible Collections

Did you know?

  • Print disabilities affect approximately 10% of the Canadian population
  • Approximately 5% of text materials are currently available in a format that is accessible to persons with print disabilities
  • A print disability is a learning, physical, or visual disability that prevents a person from reading conventional print. Our accessible collections include:
 

Services for customers with a print disability

Accessible Audiobooks

DAISY and MP3 format audiobook discs are available for use by individuals with a print disability. Contact Home Services to register for access to this collection.

DAISY Players

DAISY players are an easy-to-use audio disc player designed to keep people who are experiencing a print disability reading. They may be borrowed through Home Services for customers to become familiar with the technology before deciding whether to purchase their own player. DAISY players may also be purchased from the CNIB Vancouver office by phoning 604-431-2121 and asking to speak with the assistive technology sales coordinator.

CELA

RPL is a member library with CELA which offers books, magazines and newspapers in various accessible formats for customers with print disabilities. Customers can also choose to receive materials from CELA directly, in the mail or electronically on their computers, devices or personal DAISY players. Eligible RPL cardholders can self-register online or can call the Home Services department at 604-231-6406 to register for CELA. Search CELA’s catalogue

National Network of Equitable Library Service (NNELS)

NNELS: produces digital books in accessible formats and makes them available to readers in Canada who have print disabilities.

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.  

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 audiobooks from Libby on your tablet, smartphone and computer is easy with the Libby app for Apple iOS 9.0 or later, Android 5.0 and up, and Windows 10.

How to Use Libby

Getting Started

We also offer a video tutorial that shows you how to get started with Libby.
  • Download and install the Libby app from your app store.
  • Select whether you have a library card or not.
  • You can search for your library or allow Libby to use your geolocation service to select your library. Libby will try to find your nearest library but if it doesn't find the right one, select No and use the search option.
  • You can then add your Library Account Details.
  • You can now browse the catalogue or Search for a Book.
  • Scroll down the page to browse collections through the lists, by subject or by popularity. Audiobooks have a picture of headphones and are marked Audio at the bottom, eBooks do not have a label.
  • Select the cover for book details and select Borrow to borrow it. At this point, you can change your default loan period if desired by selecting the number of days you wish to borrow the item. Confirm by selecting Borrow!
  • If an item isn't currently available, select Place Hold to go on the waiting list. When your hold is ready you will be contacted by email.
  • Once you've borrowed a title you can start reading. By default, Libby downloads all your loans when connected to Wi-Fi. Downloaded items will be found on your Shelf in the Libby app. You can locate your Shelf at the bottom of the screen.
  • eBooks and audiobooks are automatically return on their due date.
  • To return items early, find them on the Loans tab of your Shelf. Select the Manage Loan, and then return by selecting Return Loan to Library and confirming Return!
  • Items can be renewed 3 days before the due date if there are no holds. Find the item on the Loans tab of your Shelf. Select the cover image, and then renew by selecting Renew Loan and confirming Renew!
Source: London Public Library