Accessibe 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
  • According to the Copyright Act (section 32), a print disability is a learning, physical or visual, disability that impairs a person from reading conventional print
  • A print disability is a learning, physical, or visual disability that prevents a person from reading conventional print. Our accessible collections include:

Interlibrary Loan

Interlibrary Loan (e.g. DAISY, MP3 CDs, large print)
Illume is the Interlibrary loan service between public and post-secondary libraries in BC & Yukon.

National Network of Equitable Library Service

National Network of Equitable Library Service: produces digital books in accessible formats and makes them available to readers in Canada who have print disabilities.

CELA

RPL is a member library with the Centre for Equitable Library Access (CELA). CELA offers books, magazines and newspapers in various accessible formats for customers with print disabilities.

Customers can 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

Alternate Format Audiobooks

DAISY and MP3 format audiobook discs may be borrowed in person at Brighouse Branch. Contact Home Services to register for access to this collection.

Customers who receive home delivery may receive MP3 and DAISY audiobooks in their monthly delivery.

DAISY Players

DAISY players 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 be purchased from the CNIB Vancouver office by phoning 604-431-2121 and asking to speak with the assistive technology sales coordinator.

Large Print Books

What’s a Large Print Book?

Large Print books are complete, unabridged books with clear, oversized, high-contrast type.

Who is it for?

Large Print Books are designed for ease of reading. In addition to people with vision challenges, they are perfect for all readers who don’t like standard sized print.

How many Large Print Books does my Library have?

We have a wide range of titles including bestsellers, popular fiction, mysteries, romance, westerns, classics, and what we don’t have we can order in with our Interlibrary Loan system.

How do I find them?

Large Print Books are gathered together in their own sections at our library. If you are looking for a specific title, search the catalogue by title. All Large Print Books have [large print] inserted following their titles. We’re happy to help you find them!

Audiobooks on CD

Audiobooks on CD generally come in a plastic case that opens like real book. Inside you’ll find a compact disc almost 5 inches across. It contains the audio of a specified book for your enjoyment.

How does it work?

First you must borrow one from our library. Once you have one in hand, you open it up and insert the disc into a CD player, whether it be a portable handheld CD player, one in a car, a huge home stereo one, or a little “boombox”. Most DVD and Blu-Ray and videogame consoles players are also capable of playing CDs as well. Most every household has at least one of these items that you can listen to your book on CD through. From there, you just push play and listen. With the CD, the sound comes to you and you don’t have to use headphones but you can if you prefer. 

eBooks & Audiobooks

Enjoying eBooks and audiobooks from OverDrive 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. If your device isn't compatible with Libby, you may still be able to access OverDrive eBooks and audiobooks with the original OverDrive app.

How to Use Libby

Getting Started

  • 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 select any one of our 16 locations.
  • 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!