Resources for Print-Disabled Users

The Shortgrass Library Board recognizes that individuals who are unable to use conventional print resources have a right to access materials which are specifically produced to meet their needs.  Through the generous support of the Public Library Services Branch, public library users in Alberta have access to print-disabled resources through both NNELS (National Network for Equitable Library Service) and CELA (Centre for Equitable Library Access).  Currently, Alberta is the only province in Canada which funds access to both of these services.

Click here to access the provincial Library Service for People with Print Disabilities Policy.

Have questions?  Contact your local library.
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The National Network for Equitable Library Service is a digital public library of downloadable titles for people with perceptual disabilities.  Library patrons can access NNELS through a web browser and download material in a variety of file formats such as DAISY, PDF, and e-text.


NNELS is for library cardholders with perceptual or print disabilities as defined in the Canadian Copyright Act. A print disability is anything that prevents or inhibits someone from reading a work in its original format (usually a printed book) as a result of:

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

How to access resources from NNELS 

Shortgrass library patrons with a print-disabled membership can sign into NNELS with their library card number and PIN and download resources from any computer.

If you do not have a print-disabled membership or are unsure, contact your local library.





Shortgrass libraries offer a collection of over 230,000 books, magazines, newspapers and described videos in a choice of formats for people with a print disability.

  • Lots of choice 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 collection is offered many 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 through your local branch or by mail directly to your home.


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.
How to sign up for CELA

Sign up for CELA service with your public library card, or contact your public library for assistance.

More instructional videos are available on the CELA YouTube channel.  Click here to access.