​Accessible Library Services

CNIB, in partnership with the Centre for Equitable Library Access (CELA), work to provide Canadians who are blind, partially sighted, or otherwise print disabled, access to accessible reading material. 

Our Literacy and Accessible Publishing is Canada's primary producer of accessible format literature for people with print disabilities. CNIB also works on advocacy for inclusive publishing and capacity building to support literacy development.  

In 2014, CELA was created by public libraries in collaboration with CNIB so that Canadians with print disabilities, including those who are blind or partially sighted, could have access to Canada's largest collection of accessible reading material and flexible service options through their local libraries. All eligible CNIB clients now receive their library service through CELA  and while alternative services exist, none match the comprehensive selection and convenience offered by CELA.

In most parts of Canada, CELA services are funded by provincial governments; however, in British Columbia, Manitoba, parts of Nova Scotia, Nunavut, and Yukon, CNIB has been temporarily subsidizing library services while CELA worked with each respective government to find a sustainable funding solution.

Without a commitment of support from these provincial and territorial governments, those who use CELA service in those communities, may lose access to it. If you live in one of the affected areas, we're calling on you to take action now. Please contact your Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) today and urge them to fund CELA services.

For those in British Columbia, we are asking you to reach out to your local candidates in the upcoming provincial election and ask them to support funding of this vital service. Without an all-party funding commitment from your provincial political parties, you and others in your community may lose your access to the CELA services you count on.

Take action today to ensure your right to read is protected.​

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