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Centre for Equitable Library Access (CELA)

Oshawa Public Libraries offers access to the Centre for Equitable Library Access (CELA) for people who have difficulty reading print due to a visual, physical or learning disability. This service provides access to the CELA Digital Library and the Children’s Discovery Portal, Canada’s largest collection of alternative format books and online resources. Some restrictions do apply.

Features Over:
  • 90,000 titles in English and French
  • Unabridged titles in DAISY (Digital Accessible Information System) format on CD
  • Descriptive films and PBS television programs
  • Daily newspapers available on-line and on CD
  • Popular magazines available in DAISY format
  • Braille & PrintBraille titles
  • Braille Music and Music Instruction
  • The CELA Digital Library and the Children’s Discovery Portal, featuring online digital and e-text titles

How does it work? Items requested from the CELA library by eligible customers will be delivered and available for pick-up at any branch of the Oshawa Public Libraries. The loan period for these items is three (3) months.

Who qualifies for this service through the library? Anyone who is print disabled due to blindness, visual impairment, physical disability and/or learning disability in with the definition provided for “perceptual disability” in Section 32. (1) of the Canadian Copyright Act.

“Perceptual Disability” means a disability that prevents or inhibits a person from reading or hearing a literary, musical, dramatic or artistic work in its original format, including:
  • a. severe or total impairment of sight or hearing or the inability to focus or move one’s eyes
  • b. the inability to hold or manipulate a book
  • c. an impairment relating to comprehension
How do I sign up?

Complete and submit the Declaration Form. You will then be contacted by a staff member who will provide further information and complete the registration with you.

Please submit the form at any branch, marking it as Attention: Accessible Services, McLaughlin Branch. You can also call to register, at 905-579-6111 ext. 5242.