What is a print disability?
A print disability can be a:
- 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
The National Network of Equitable Library Service
If you have a print disability, you qualify to register as a print disabled library member which allows you to access resources from NNELS.
NNELS is a repository of content owned and sustained by Canadian public libraries, working with international partners, libraries, readers, and publishers (particularly Canadian ones) to make copies of books in accessible formats available to readers in Canada who have print disabilities.
For more information about the service and how to get books, visit the NNELS website.
To sign up for NNELS please contact the library to register as a print disabled member, and then visit the NNELS sign-up page.
Accessible Reading BC
In partnership with the National Network for Equitable Library Service (NNELS), the Association of Book Publishers of BC (ABPBC) has launched a collection of accessible BC-published ebooks that is available to all library patrons of BC library systems (with or without a print disability) that are members of the BC Libraries Cooperative.
Ebooks included in the collection are available for unlimited concurrent use over a time period of 12 months (until May 1, 2022) and DRM-free.
To sign up please visit the Accessible Reading BC sign-up page.
This collection consists of audiobooks produced by InterLINK, but also includes unabridged titles from Canadian suppliers and from commercial producers in England and the United States. To register, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Once registered, visit https://interlinklibraries.overdrive.com and sign in with the letters “PD” followed by your 14 digit library barcode.
Or if you use Libby to read your books, add the library “Public Library InterLINK – restricted to print disabled patrons”, then sign in with the letters “PD” followed by your 14 digit library barcode.