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Books you can see, hear and feel

If someone you know has a print disability, we can help them experience the joys of reading again.

If you know someone who has trouble reading print because of a disability, a partnership between Brockville Public Library and Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB) offers lots of other ways to read.

  • Audio, e-text , Braille and other formats
  • Accessible books, newspapers & magazines
  • Material in Daisy format
  • Summer Reading Club for children
  • Accessible online services- read or do research on the web
  • Material in English or French

The CNIB Digital Library collection also offers access to more than 80,000 books, newspapers, magazines, music and descriptive movies in alternative formats. Material for all ages and interests as well as titles in French, a Summer Reading Club for children, and both e-text and braille resources are available.

Many resources, such as newspapers, are available for direct online viewing while others can be requested through interloan procedures and delivered  to your local library branch. For more information visit the CNIB Digital Library website.


Self - Registration : For Public Library Users

  1. Online Form
  2. Printable Form (available in PDF or Word format)

How does it work?

With a valid Brockville Library card you can choose to have materials by one of three ways:

  1. Online access only- you will be able to independently access online audio books, magazines and newspapers through CNIB Digital Library & Children's Discovery Portal.
  2. Online access and home delivery- you will be able to access online audiobooks, magazines and newspapers, and to place online orders for books such as DAISY audio titles on CD, Braille or described video. These items will be mailed to you and you will return them to the CNIB Library by "pre-paid" mail.
  3. Home delivery- you can choose to have books such as DAISY audio titles on CD, Braille or descriptive video mailed to you. You will return them to the CNIB Library by "pre-paid" mail.

To take advantage of this collection you can self register at www.cnib.ca/selfregistration. You can also complete and submit the Declaration Form (available in PDF or Word format). 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 our library, marking it as Attention: Amanda Robinson. You can also call to register, at 613-342-3936 ext. 24. 

Who is Eligible?

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. Medical documents are not requested.

“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:

  1. severe or total impairment of sight or hearing or the inability to focus or move one’s eyes
  2. the inability to hold or manipulate a book
  3. an impairment relating to comprehension

Please note:  Your disability does not need to be one that is permanent. 

Examples of eligible circumstances:

  • undergoing chemotherapy or dialysis treatment
  • weakness from recent illness/surgery
  • recent eye/carpal tunnel surgery

The above are only a few examples.  If you feel you could benefit from this service please contact the library. 

Local Collection Held at the Library

In addition to the service outlined above, as a partner of CNIB the Brockville Library also receives 100 titles in Daisy format each year.  These titles can be found in our catalog by searching "CNIB" or "Daisy Audiobook".

What is a DAISY Audiobook? 

DAISY (Digital Accessible Information System) is an international format standard developed by libraries for the blind. DAISY audiobooks have superior sound quality and functionality compared to other audio formats. Special features include chapter, paragraph, phrase and word navigation, bookmarking, skimming, sleep modes and reading speed control.

DAISY titles fit on a single compact disc. These discs are meant to be played in special DAISY-compatible machines such as VictorReaders. Because of their special formatting, DAISY discs cannot be played on standard CD players unless those players are MP3-compatible. If your CD player was manufactured in the last five years, there's a good chance it is MP3-compatible and will also play DAISY audiobooks, although many of the special navigation features will not be available.

At present, the Brockville Public Library owns one VictorReader DAISY playback device. This reader can be signed out for a three week loan period.

DAISY titles can also be listened to on your computer, using DAISY playback software.

Listen to an audio introduction to DAISY players prepared by the CNIB or view a DAISY training and support video!

Eligibility for Daisy Format Titles 

Eligibility criteria are the same as above.  You can register to borrow DAISY audiobooks if you have difficulty reading traditional print material because of a visual, physical or learning disability. Medical documents are not requested.


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