Outreach & Access

 National Network for Equitable Library Services (NNELS)

It is estimated that there are more than three million Canadians with print disabilities, but less than 5% of published material is available in accessible formats.  Improvement in digital delivery provides libraries with an opportunity to make additional materials more widely available to this underserved population.

The National Network for Equitable Library Services (NNELS) provides access to a growing collection of downloadable audio books and other accessible formats restricted to the print disabled, made available through the SILS catalogue in Saskatchewan.

If you or someone you know requires access to materials restricted to the print disabled, please contact your local librarian or for more information, click here.

Talking Book Disc Service

Patrons who prefer a physical disc can also request that any NNELS titles be transferred to disc and send them to their home library. An MP3 compatible CD Player is required. Please fill out the form here.

NNELS Application Forms

NNELS materials have been produced for the print disabled community. A print disabled patron is defined in the Canadian Copyright Act as a person with an impairment that prevents or inhibits them from reading a literary, musical, dramatic or artistic work in its original format and includes a disability resulting from:

  • Severe or total impairment of sight or hearing or the inability to focus or move one's eyes
  • The inability to hold or manipulate a book
  • An impairment relating to comprehension

A person meeting one of these criteria can fill out a self-declaration form at their local library. The print disabled status will be added to his/her card and the corresponding barcode and PIN can then be used to access NNELS material. 

For NNELS forms click on the below links:

NNELS self-declaration form

NNELS competent-authority form

Finding NNELS materials

NNELS material can be found in the SILS catalogue. The results of a keyword search can be limited to Accessible. NNELS material is available in the following three formats: RESTRICTED EAUDIO, RESTRICTED EBRAILLE, RESTRICTED ETEXT. To see the entire list of NNELS titles, do a keyword search for "national network for equitable".

Titles can also be found on nnels.ca

Listening to NNELS materials

Patrons with print disabilities can download the restricted e-Audio file onto an existing listening device including an iPod, iPad, iPhone, Tablet or Victor Stream Reader.

For those using an iDevice, try the wireless download option using the Voice Dream app described here.

For additional help on reading and downloading NNELS titles using other devices please click here.