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Centre for Equitable Library Access (CELA) 

What is CELA?

The Centre for Equitable Library Access (CELA), is Canada’s 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 is fully funded to serve 97% of the estimated 3 million Canadians with print disabilities in partnership with member public libraries and we offer a digital-only service to those in non-funded areas. CELA provides access to 800,000 professionally produced titles to provide people with print disabilities with a quality library experience.

Middlesex County Library partners with CELA to offer our patrons access to books, magazines, newspapers and described videos in a choice of formats including audio, braille and accessible eBooks.

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Why use the CELA collection?

  • Enjoy a full range of subjects, genres, classics and award winners
  • Select from favourites for kids, teens, and adults
  • Stay up to date with 50 newspapers and 150 magazines
  • Choose your preferred format: audio, e-text or braille.
  • Download books or receive home delivery by mail

Who is eligible to access the CELA collection?

Access to the CELA collection is available to people 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.

Please note that patrons can self-declare their need to utilize the CELA collection, no documentation is required.

How do I get started with CELA?

Sign up for CELA service with your Middlesex County Library card on their website, or contact us by phone at 519-245-8237 or email for assistance.

Once registered, you can utilize the collection in a number of ways:

  • Download books to your computer or mobile device, such as an iPhone
  • Download books to a DAISY player over a wireless connection without using a computer
  • Receive audio CDs, Braille or described movies by mail directly to your home
  • Pick up requested items at your local Middlesex County Library Branch

Visit the CELA website for more information.