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 disability. Once registered, users have complete access to OPL’s Talking Book collection as well as all the library resources of  CELA (Centre for Equitable Library Access).

Eligibility

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 registered in your name.

Materials available

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

  • Audiobooks in CD, MP3 CD and DAISY (Digital Accessible Information System) format in English and French.  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
  • Braille and PrintBraille books
  • Newspapers and magazines online
  • Braille music scores

How to choose and receive Library materials

Once you are registered, you can receive materials by:

  • Working directly with Talking Book staff to choose your materials and set up a profile
  • Visiting the Talking Book collection in person at the Main Library at 120 Metcalfe St., from Monday to Friday, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Choosing titles from the catalogue and placing holds yourself. To search the Talking Book collection in the catalogue:
    • Go to the advanced search in the catalogue
    • Under Limit my search results, change the box labelled Collections to:  Adult Eng Talking Books
    • Under Format, check the boxes for Audiobook CD, Audiobook on MP3 CD and Talking Book to search for CD, MP3 CD and 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 Talking Book Collection can be delivered 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.

How to register

  • You may register for the Talking Book Service by completing the application form. OPL Talking Book staff will contact you once your application has been reviewed.

Fax: 613-236-0732
Email: ill@BiblioOttawaLibrary.ca
Telephone: 613-580-2424, extension 32168