Assistive Services

We make EPL easy to use for everyone. EPL goes to great lengths to meet the diverse needs of all Edmontonians.

We use special services and adaptive technologies to support people with disabilities, home bound individuals and older adults.

Contact your branch or call the Stanley A. Milner branch at 780.496.7000 for more info.

Home Service

If you can’t make it in for over three months, we'll bring our collection to you. EPL provides home service where you live, whether that's an extended care facility, a seniors' lodge or your own home.

We'll match you with a carefully screened and trained volunteer who will deliver materials selected by staff directly to you.

We also provide regular service to many extended care facilities and seniors' lodges in the city.

To register for home service, contact your branch.

Assistive Materials

Large Print Books

Hardcover and lighter, softcover books are available at all EPL branches. Our largest selection is found at our Milner (downtown) branch.

DAISY Books

DAISY Books DAISY Books are digital talking books used by people with print disabilities. They’re played on a special player or MP3 enabled CD players (such as many computers).  Please speak to staff at any EPL branch if you are interested in this material and they will make the necessary adjustment to your library account.

Children's Braille Books

We have over 250 titles from kids’ favorite authors to choose from in braille format. Educational tools include Braille Phonics for Kindergarten to Grade 2 and a Braille Dictionary.

Search for Children's Braille

Descriptive Videos

Descriptive Videos/DVDs (DVS) are movies which describe the visual elements for people who are blind or have low vision. Find Descriptive Video/DVD list

The Centre for Equitable Library Access (CELA)

CELA is a service available through EPL providing reading materials in accessible formats to customers with print disabilities.

Access to the CELA collection is offered in a number ways, including direct downloads and delivery by mail to your home.

You can now sign-up for CELA as long as you have a library card. Sign up at signup.celalibrary.ca.

Need help signing up or have questions? Contact EPL's CELA coordinator, Katie Turzansky, at 780-496-1054.

You can also contact CELA directly at 1-855-655-2273 or www.celalibrary.ca.

The National Network for Equitable Library Service (NNELS)

NNELS is an online public library of approximately 10,000 titles for people with a print disability who require information in a format other than traditional print.

The most common file formats available from NNELS are DAISY, PDF, and e-text. Customers can access the online catalogue and download material directly once they’ve been given access at any EPL location.

For more information, visit nnels.ca or contact your branch.

Assistive Technologies

Assistive technology is any piece of equipment that breaks barriers to information and maximizes independence. The following assistive technology is available to the public at these locations.

  • A video magnifier, or closed-circuit television (CCTV) : A CCTV permits readers to enlarge and enhance printed text or photos. These are located in the following branches: Stanley A. Milner, Whitemud Crossing, Mill Woods, and Capilano.
  • Hand-held magnifiers: Magnifying glasses for in-library use are available in most EPL branches.
  • Hand-held digital magnifiers: 2 hand-held NEMO digital magnifiers are available Stanley A. Milner Library, 1st floor.
  • Reading Machine: A SARA reader scans print and reads it aloud. Available at Stanley A. Milner Library, 1st floor.

LEAP (Library Equal Access Program) Computer Workstation

The LEAP stations, available at the Stanley A. Milner Library, 1st floor, combine hardware, software and equipment for customers with special visual, learning or physical needs.

EPL staff is there to give a basic orientation on how to use this equipment. Please call 780.496.7000 for more information and to reserve time.

Communication Boards - available at Milner

Here are some printable communication boards:

  • ABC board
  • QWERTY board
  • Symbol board
  • Word board

General Services and Programs

The following EPL services and programs may be of interest to persons with disabilities.

  • Extended Loans: These may be arranged at all Library locations, although there may be limitations on extended loans for materials in particularly high demand.
  • Audiovisual Materials: A wide variety of CDs, DVDs and games are available at all Library locations.
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