Accessible Collections

Did you know?

According to Section 32 of the Copyright Act (P.D.F., 1,214 KB), a print disability is a learning, physical, or visual disability that impairs a person from reading conventional print.

  • Print disabilities affect approximately 10% of the Canadian population
  • Approximately 5% of text materials are currently available in a format that is accessible to persons with print disabilities

B.C.’s public libraries operate as a network to respond to the needs of people with print disabilities.​ The following programs grant access to collections across the province and are available through local public libraries:


Decorative. Library Collections

The Library maintains physical collections of large print books, foreign language items, and audiobooks on C.D., as well as two Victor Readers. These are all searchable through our catalogue.
Ebooks, emagazines, and digital audiobooks are also available with your Cranbrook Library Card through our digital collection.


Cartoon graphic depicting books being delivered by library staff. Homebound Services

Operated by volunteers and staff, this service allows people in the community who are physically unable to visit the Library to borrow material and have it delivered to them once a month.
Contact the Library to make the necessary arrangements.


National Network of Equitable Library Service (N. N. E. L. S.) logo. National Network of Equitable Library Service

N.N.E.L.S. has materials in various formats for library cardholders with perceptual disabilities as defined in the Canadian Copyright Act (P.D.F., 1,214 KB). For more information about using this service, visit the N.N.E.L.S. Help & Tutorials page.


Illume logo. Subtext reads: discover B. C. libraries. Interlibrary Loan

Request items in a variety of formats and languages from other B.C. libraries to be sent to your home library. Formats include large print books, C.D. audiobooks, and braille items, to name just a few.

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Related Policies

OP-07 Resource Sharing

OP-09 Collection Development & Management

OP-03 Borrowing