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Talking Book Service

The Ottawa Public Library (OPL) Talking Book Service provides special collections to any registered individual who cannot read or access regular print material due to print disability. Once registered, users have complete access to OPL’s DAISY audiobook collection as well as all the library resources of the Centre for Equitable Library Access (CELA).


You are eligible for this service if you have a print disability (permanent or temporary) due to blindness, visual impairment, physical disability and/or learning disability in accordance with the definition provided for "perceptual disability" in Section 32. (1) of the Canadian Copyright Act. You must also have a valid OPL card (resident or non-resident), or a SmartLibrary card, registered in your name.

Materials available

Registered users of the Talking Book Service have access to the following:

  • Audiobooks in CD, MP3 CD and DAISY CD formats. DAISY format audiobooks can contain up to 30 hours of material on one CD. DAISYs must be played on Digital Readers, also known as DAISY Players.
  • Victor Readers (also known as DAISY players): allow the listener to jump from page to page, bookmark specific pages, as well as go directly to a specific page number. DAISY players can play audio CDs, MP3 formats and DAISY audio books. DAISY players may be borrowed from OPL for a specified period of time. Please note that there may be a waiting list to borrow a device.
  • Audio described videos on DVD: Video recordings for the visually impaired. Includes narration of the visual elements of the program.
  • The CELA digital library
  • Other CELA collections, including braille books, online newspapers and magazines, and braille music scores

How to choose and receive Library materials

Once you are registered, you can receive materials by:

  • Choosing titles from the catalogue and placing holds yourself. To search the DAISY audiobook collection in the catalogue:

    • Go to the advanced search in the catalogue
    • Under Format select DAISY format audio books.
    • When you find an item you would like, click on Place a Hold to sign in, choose your pickup location, and complete the hold request.

All materials in the DAISY audiobook collection can be sent to the local branch of any registered borrower. If borrowers are confined to their homes and are eligible for Homebound Services they can sign up to have Library materials delivered to their homes.

For more information:

Telephone: 613-580-2424, extension 32168