Accessible Materials

Bruce County Public Library offers a variety of services to print disabled patrons.

What is a print disability?

print disability is a learning, physical or visual disability that prevents a person from reading conventional print. 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.


CELA (Centre for Equitable Library Access) is a national not-for-profit organization focused on the creation, collection, delivery and preservation of both digital and physical alternate format accessible materials to print disabled Canadians through public libraries. Print disabled Bruce County Public Library cardholders have free access to CELA’s collection through their library card.

Educator Access Program

Educators who work with students with print disabilities in an elementary, secondary, or post-secondary institution may use their Bruce County Public Library card to access CELA’s collection of alternate format materials.

Client Access Support Program

CELA’s Client Access Support program is designed for people who assist students, CNIB clients, residents of seniors’ residences or long-term care facilities. The program provides these individuals with access to CELA’s alternate format collection. Individuals who work with print disabled clients can access CELA’s collection with their Bruce County Public Library card.

DAISY Players

DAISY audiobooks are designed specifically for individuals with print disabilities and are read through a special DAISY audio player. DAISY players can be borrowed for free with a Bruce County Public Library card. Players can be borrowed for a period of three weeks.

Become a Member

If you are a Bruce County Resident, you can become a member free of charge by completing a library card application at any of our 17 Branch Library locations.

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