LIBRARY POLICIES & PLANS

ACCESSIBILE COLLECTIONS

DAISY format talking books
DAISY format talking books are audio recorded books reserved for print disabled customers. A print disability can include: a perceptual disability because of blindness or partial sight, physical disability and/or learning disability in accordance with the definition provided in Section 32 of the Canadian Copyright Act.

The library’s collection of DAISY format talking books is made possible through the CNIB’s Partners Program.

Please contact the Adult Information Desk for more information.

Audiobooks
The library has a large selection of audiobooks on CD, which you can search for in our online catalogue. We also have a large selection of downloadable eAudiobooks, which can be accessed using the Ontario Library Service Download Centre.

Large Print
You can search and request large print books through our library catalogue. Both adult and children’s fiction and non-fiction titles are available.

CNIB Partners Services and Collections
The CNIB Library Partners Program allows public libraries to deepen their existing services for patrons with print disabilities with a networked library service via postal delivery and digital access to:

  • The CNIB Digital Library, including the Children’s Discovery Portal and 60 Plus Portal
  • Books of all kinds for all ages in English DAISY audiobooks, French DAISY audiobooks, Braille, and PrintBraille
  • Newspapers and magazines online
  • Described videos
  • Braille music scores

If you would like to register for CNIB services, we can fill out the intake form with them here at the library. You need to make an appointment to do this, so please contact the Adult Services Department by calling 519-631-6050, ext. 8013, or by emailing: adultdept@stthomaspubliclibrary.ca.

If someone requires help with a Daisy reader, or to download books to a direct to player device, etc. please direct them to the local CNIB office – 749 Baseline Road East in London, 519 685 8420. They will be happy to assist.

CELA: Alternative Print Services
The Centre for Equitable Library Access, CELA, is Canada’s most comprehensive accessible reading service, providing books and other materials to Canadians with print disabilities in the formats of their choice. A national not-for-profit organization, CELA serves 90% of the estimated 3 million Canadians with print disabilities in partnership with member public libraries. CELA provides access to more than 500,000 professionally produced titles to provide people with print disabilities with a quality library experience.

HOME LIBRARY SERVICE

Home Library Service (HLS) is a permanent service for people who are homebound, living independently, and are no longer able to browse the library. Material is selected by staff (based on your interests and recommendations), and delivered and picked up by volunteers on a monthly basis.

If you are interested in learning more about this service, please ask a staff member at the Information Desk, call us at 519-631-6050 or email: adultdept@stthomaspubliclibrary.ca.

ASSISTIVE DEVICES

We have multiple assistive devices available to our patrons:

  1. Accessible computer workstation (Large-print keyboard, Trackball computer mouse, Windows 8 touch-screen computer, Adjustable desk)
  2. DAISY (Digital Accessible Information System) Disc Readers
  3. Wheelchair for in-library use
  4. Optilec Clear View Series to magnify print
SERVICE ANIMALS & SUPPORT PERSONS

Service Animals are welcome in the library and in programs, where possible. Support persons are welcome to attend programs with their clients. There is no charge for a support person’s attendance.

WEBSITE ACCESSIBILITY

St. Thomas Public Library is committed to ensuring our website is accessible to everyone, including visually impaired or low-vision individuals who use assistive technologies to access the library’s website and online resources. The software used to build our website is based on and compliant with current accessibility standards. If you experience any difficulty accessing any part of our website, please contact us by telephone at 519-631-6050, or by email at info@stthomaspubliclibrary.ca.

ACCESSIBILITY POLICIES
The St. Thomas Public Library adheres to several accessibility policies, which are all available on our website. You may also request print copies.
FEEDBACK FORMS

Would you like to provide us with some feedback regarding accessibility?

Please fill out this feedback form and return it to the library. Once it has been reviewed, a representative of the library will contact you.

Would you like to issue a complaint or a suggestion regarding accessibility?

Please fill out this form and return it to the library. Once it has been reviewed, a representative of the library will contact you.

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