Collections for People with Disabilities


Deposit Collections

Brampton Library provides recreational reading and listening collections to retirement homes and other long-term care facilities for use by the residents. The collections are changed up to four times per year. For more information, please contact us at 905-793-4636 ext: 4220 or TTY 1-866-959-9994.

Centre for equitable Library Access Collection

Brampton Library provides residents with print disabilities access to a collection of over 230,000 items in a choice of formats, through the Centre for Equitable Library Access (CELA) including:

Current bestsellers, award-winners and classics
Fiction, non-fiction, self-help, business and more
Books for kids, teens and adults
Books in audio, braille or accessible e-book formats
Download books or receive home delivery by mail

Access to the CELA collection is available to library customers who are unable to read conventional print due to a disability, which includes:

Learning disability: an impairment relating to comprehension
Physical disability: the inability to hold or manipulate a book
Visual disability: severe or total impairment of sight or the inability to focus or move one's eyes.

To find out more about CELA, contact: Catherine Carreiro, Community Engagement Coordinator, 905-793-4636 X 4220,

The CELA website can be found


Audiovisual Materials

Brampton Library has an extensive collection of audiovisual materials. Audio books, Daisy audio books from CNIB and music are available at all branches as well as through our Overdrive online digital collection.
Closed-captioned films are available for persons with a hearing disability. Text descriptions of the dialogue, music and sound effects appear on screen.

Described videos and DVD’s have a narrator describing the visual elements of the story (action, sets, etc.) without interfering with the dialogue. No producers are currently making or selling described movies separately these days. Instead, they are working with Hollywood studios to add description to mainstream DVD’s.

Mainstream Movies with a Described Track

Media Access Group keeps track of mainstream movies and programs that have been released with a described narrative track in them. You can view this list of titles at Many of these movies are available in our regular movie library collection. When you get the DVD and put it in your plate, you will need to find and turn on the described version among the special features of the movie

Large Print Books

All library branches have collections of books in Large Print format with fiction and non-fiction titles. Large print Reader’s Digests are also available for borrowing. Ask at any Information Desk for assistance in locating these materials.

Collections for Children with Disabilities

Brampton Library has an extensive collection of materials for children with disabilities including:

  • Picture books with text in Braille and standard type
  • Sign language books and DVD’s
  • Large print books
  • Audio books
  • On-line Digital Collections
    TumbleBookCloud and TumbleBooks feature adjustable on-line text and audio narration and can be read using adaptive computer speech programs.

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