Collections and Services for Those with Perceptual or Print Disabilities
CELA (Centre for Equitable Library Access) and NNELS (National Network for Equitable Library Service) are collections and services available to those with a perceptual or print disability as defined in the Canadian Copyright Act.
A print disability is anything that prevents or inhibits someone from reading a work in its original format (usually a printed book) as a result of:
- Severe or total impairment of sight or the inability to focus or move one’s eyes
- The inability to hold or manipulate a book
- An impairment relating to comprehension
This service requires the completion of our Alternative Service Application Form. Registration for this service includes longer loan periods and access to additional collections reserved for this purpose. If desired, staff can create a user profile for you and select material for you based on this profile. There are two methods of delivery available through this service. You may choose postage free delivery of materials to your home mailbox or pickup at your local library. We also have a few MP3 players and CD players that you may borrow.
Institutions offering programs to persons with print disabilities may use this service through our Institutional Alternative Service Application Form.
The Annapolis Valley Regional Library offers library materials in a variety of formats. You may wish to try out one of these: