EPL goes to great lengths to meet the diverse needs of all Edmontonians and epl2you makes it easy for everyone to use our great stuff.
How do we do this? We use special services and adaptive technologies to support people with disabilities, home bound individuals and older adults.
These services and technologies are:
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.
Large Print Books
Hardcover and lighter, softcover books are available at all EPL branches. Our largest selection is found at our Enterprise Square (downtown) branch.
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).
To borrow DAISY Books, please speak to staff at any EPL branch and they will make the necessary adjustment to your library account.
Descriptive Videos/DVDs (DVS) are movies which describe the visual elements for people who are blind or have low vision. Many DVDs have this available as a special feature. View Descriptive Video/DVD list.
The Centre for Equitable Library Access (CELA)
CELA provides 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 sign-up for CELA with a library card. Need help signing up or have questions? Contact EPL's CELA coordinator, Connie Hargreaves, at 780-496-6894.
You can also contact CELA directly at 1-855-655-2273 or 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.
Other Services and Programs
The following EPL services and programs may be of interest to persons with disabilities.
- Inductive Loop Amplifiers: These are available at all of our customer service desks. They generate a loop signal that can be received by a hearing aid with an integrated telephone coil or induction loop receiver. Our hearing loops will cut out unwanted background noise for anyone wearing a compatible hearing aid who comes to our service desk to talk with our staff.
- 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.