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Talking Book Service

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The PEI Public Library Talking Book Service in partnership with the Centre for Equitable Library Access (CELA) provides individuals with print disabilities with access to materials in accessible formats.


What are accessible formats?

Accessible formats are materials that have been designed for individuals with print disabilities. Formats include:

  • DAISY books on CD
  • Downloadable DAISY books
  • Electronic Braille
  • Print Braille
  • E-audio
  • E-text
  • Descriptive videos

Who is eligible?

This service is available to all Islanders (regardless of age) who have a print disability. Print disabilities can include:

  • Learning disabilities
  • Physical disabilities
  • Visual disabilities

How do I apply?

Complete and submit a PEI Public Library Talking Book Service Application. Forms are available online or you can complete the form over the phone by calling Public Library Service Headquarters. Once you complete and submit the application, staff will ask if you are interested in our Talking Book and/or CELA Services.


What is your Talking Book Service?

This service refers to the PEI Public Library Service’s DAISY collection. DAISY (Digital Accessible Information System) audiobooks are designed specifically for individuals with print disabilities. DAISY titles can be searched in the PEI Public Library Service’s online catalogue. Once requested, DAISYs can be mailed directly to the client’s home address - free of charge, or users can browse for titles at the Confederation Centre Public Library. Users can borrow DAISYs for a 6 week period and have a maximum of 10 DAISYs on their account at one time. DAISY Readers are also available and can be checked out for a 6-week period.


What is CELA?
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CELA (Centre for Equitable Library Access) is a national not-for-profit organization focused on the creation, collection, delivery and preservation of both digital and physical alternate format accessible materials to print disabled Canadians through public libraries. Through CELA, clients have access to CELA’s growing, bilingual collection of 85,000+ items, which include newspapers, magazines, described videos and books in accessible formats such as audio, e-text and braille. Materials can be downloaded directly to your computer, handhelds devices or DAISY players; or mailed to your home or library. CELA’s Services can be accessed at www.celalibrary.ca. To register for CELA, contact Public Library Service Headquarters or use the Centre's online self-registration form.

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