Accessibility Services

The ORL strives to support patrons with diverse needs through a variety of different collections, programs, and services.

Available Online

Collections

To register:

  1. Contact the ORL to check that your library membership allows print disabled materials.The online chat is available Monday-Friday from 10am-2pm or email help@orl.bc.ca.
  2. Complete the online registration on CELA’s website. Contact us for help.

NOTE: The CELA catalogue includes material from the American service, Bookshare.  Access to Bookshare, requires a Proof of Disability form which requires a signature from a certifying professional.

To register:

  1. Contact the ORL to check that your library membership allows print disabled materials.The online chat is available Monday-Friday from 10am-2pm or email help@orl.bc.ca.
  2. Complete the online registration by going on to the NNELS website and clicking on the Sign-Up button and completing the online form.Contact us for help.

Services

Information and Reference Services

  • Diversability Service Provider Resource List is a list of service providers [PDF] in the Central, North, and South Okanagan regions, created by our librarians, for parents of children and teens.
  • Bookshare is an American site that allows access close to 500,000 titles free for people with print disabilities. Access Bookshare via CELA.
  • Librivox is a collection of free public domain audiobooks read by volunteers from around the world.
  • Project Gutenberg offers over 57,000 free eBooks from the world's great literature, with focus on older works for which copyright has expired. Thousands of volunteers digitized and diligently proofread the eBooks, for enjoyment and education.

Available in Branch (when open again)

Collections

  • Books for Adults, Children and Teens with Diversabilities or Additional Needs - see our booklists, created by our librarians, for parents and caretakers of children and teens with diversabilities or additional needs.

Accessible Formats

  • eBooks and eAudiobooks are available for download to a computer or portable device using a valid library card and PIN code.  These can be borrowed for free through our ORL eBooks and RBdigital online collections.
  • Large Print Books can be borrowed by everyone with a library card.  Titles include a wide choice of popular titles, fiction and non-fiction. 
  • Audiobooks are full length recordings of popular fiction and non-fiction on multiple CDs that you can listen to on your computer (with a disk drive) or CD player.  These books are available to anyone with a library card.
  • Daisy Discs are audiobooks on a single CD.  These books are available to readers with print disabilities. To apply for access to this collection, visit your local library branch.

Services

Accessible Borrowing

Extended loans are available for customers who are homebound temporarily or on a continued basis due to illness or other disability.  An extended loan period of 42 days is applied to all eligible items borrowed. Some borrowing restrictions apply. Please enquire at your local library branch for further information.

Home Delivery

Some library branches partner with local organizations to provide home delivery of library materials to homebound customers. Please ask at your local library branch if home delivery is available in your community.

In Branch Resources

Friendly staff at all library branches are available to help. Most library branches are accessible, and some branches offer additional equipment such as walkers and Optelec machines.

Programs

Once branches are back open, some examples of inclusive programs that our branches may offer are:

Sign with Me Story Time

Join a deaf storyteller and a children's librarian for stories, songs, rhymes, and crafts presented in both American Sign Language and English.  Financial assistance provided by the Central Okanagan Foundation.

Contact the Rutland or Westbank Branch for more information.

The First Page Book Club

An all-inclusive book club, welcoming everyone regardless of reading ability and encouraging adults with diverse abilities to take part in discussions about new as well as classic titles. Books will be read together in a group setting with all participants invited to read aloud. Assistance with echo reading will be provided for those who wish to use it.

Contact the Kelowna Branch for more information.

Audiobook Club

The Audiobook Club is not a conventional book club. It focuses on the audio resources the Okanagan Regional Library offers now and in the future.

Contact the Vernon Branch for more information.

CAYA Chatroom

Meet with others using AAC devices and learn from and with each other. 

Contact the Vernon Branch for more information

What is a print disability?

A print disability is defined in the Canadian Copyright Act and is a disability that limits a person from reading print in its original format due to:

  • a serious or total sight impairment or an inability to focus or move your eyes
  • the inability to hold or manipulate a book, or
  • an impairment relating to comprehension

Not sure if you qualify? Ask us.

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