It is estimated that approximately 93% of all published material is unavailable to individuals who have a perceptual disability as defined by the 'Canadian Copyright Act'. As such, Saskatchewan Public Libraries, including Southeast Regional Library, are committed to ensuring equitable access to library resources for all Saskatchewan residents.
Southeast Regional Library offers access to both Centre for Equitable Library Access (CELA) and the National Network for Equitable Library Service (NNELS), which offer a broad range of titles in a variety of formats including DAISY audio CDs & downloadable DAISY files, printbraille, e-Braille, described video, MP3s, PDFs and more. To find accessible options while searching our library catalogue, choose the "Format" search function, then scroll down until you see the "Accessible Content" section and choose your preferred format.
Print Disabled Application Forms
NNELS and CELA materials have been produced for the print disabled community. A print disabled patron is defined in the Canadian Copyright Act as a person with an impairment that prevents or inhibits them from reading a literary, musical, dramatic or artistic work in its original format and includes a disability resulting from:
- Severe or total impairment of sight or hearing or the inability to focus or move one's eyes
- The inability to hold or manipulate a book
- An impairment relating to comprehension
A person meeting one of these criteria can fill out a self-declaration form at their local library. The print disabled status will be added to their library card and the corresponding barcode and PIN can then be used to access NNELS material. They can also sign up for a CELA library account to have items sent directly to their home if they wish. Learn more about accessing materials from NNELS and CELA below.
Any title available through NNELS or CELA can be made available in disc format. Patrons who prefer a physical disc can request a NNELS or CELA title be transferred to disc and sent to their home library. An MP3 compatible CD player is required. If you would like a disc to be made, please speak to your local librarian or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Centre for Equitable Library Access (CELA)
The Centre for Equitable Library Access (CELA) is a national non-profit organization established by Canadian public libraries to support the provision of accessible collections for Canadians with print disabilities and to champion the fundamental right of Canadians with print disabilities to access media and reading materials in the format of their choice, including:
- Books and magazines in audio, e-text and braille
- Newspapers in e-text
- Described videos
- Children’s picture books with braille added (printbraille)
Patrons can self-register online with CELA or complete the CELA Patron Registration Form and submit it to their local library. No medical forms are required. Patrons may assign a designate to register on their behalf. Home delivery or local branch delivery is available for DAISY CDs, braille, and described movies. Learn more about CELA and how to access its collections.
National Network for Equitable Library Service (NNELS)
The National Network for Equitable Library Service (NNELS) s a collection of accessible digital content owned and sustained by Canadian public libraries, working with international partners, libraries, readers and publishers. Formats and features available include:
- EPUB, E-text, PDFs and MP3s
NNELS materials can be found in the library catalogue in the following formats: RESTRICTED EAUDIO, RESTRICTED EBRAILLE, RESTRICTED ETEXT. View the entire list of NNELS titles in the library catalogue.