Library partnership helps print-disabled

The Thompson-Nicola Regional Library now offers access to a collection of 540,000 books, magazines and newspapers from the Centre for Equitable Library Access (CELA).

The not-for profit organization was established by Canadian public libraries to provide people with print disabilities access to digital and physical library materials.

The materials include all genres of books; 50 national, regional and international newspapers; and 150 popular magazines in a variety of accessible formats including audio, braille and e-text.

Depending on the format needed, materials can be downloaded from the CELA website, sent by mail directly to patrons, or accessed through the library.

CELA also offers a special educators account that helps teachers and other educational professionals access materials on behalf of their students with print disabilities.

Furthermore, all CELA users have access to www.bookshare.org, the world’s largest accessible library.

To sign up for this free service patrons can visit their local library or contact the TNRL’s Outreach Services directly.

More information can be found at www.tnrl. ca or www.celalibrary.ca

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