SPL has resources and staff to assist you. Staff in Outreach & Access Services are dedicated to learning all they can about emerging technology to better aid Saskatoon residents, and often seek out new opportunities to bring SPL out to the community.
Physical Accessibility of Our Buildings
The library can come to you! Library materials are available at drop-in centres, senior care homes and residences, youth homes, correctional facilities and other short-term-stay facilities for people of all ages.
Local volunteers and Outreach & Access Services staff choose materials that meet the needs of residents and coordinate book exchanges.
Home Reader Service
Library materials are available to anyone living in Saskatoon who are unable to visit the library because of illness, age or disability. We will select materials and have them delivered to you according to a schedule. This service is free. Call 306.986.9719 for more information.
Who is Eligible?
Any resident of Saskatoon who:
for reasons of age, disability or extended illness (two months or more) is unable to come to the library and,
does not live in a facility that already receives a book deposit from the library and,
has no family or friends who can come to the library for them
If you have a relative or a friend who can come to the library for you, you can still arrange to have us select your materials for you and they will be made available for pick up at your nearest SPL location.
Print Disabled Service
We have a collection of library materials specifically for people with print disabilities including, visual, physical or learning/reading disabilities. To register fill out the form and bring it to your preferred library location.
Audiobooks and Downloadable Audio for People with Print Disabilities
You can borrow DAISY Talking Books, MP3 Audiobooks and Books on CD to play in a DAISY player or in a CD player.
We wil lend a DAISY player for short periods of time if you want to try it out before getting your own equipment.
CELA (Centre for Equitable Library Access)
Download audio, DAISY Talking Books, Direct to Player downloads, eText, eBraille, Print Braille, and more.
NNELS (National Network for Equitable Library Service)
Download audio, eText and eBraille.
Register for CELA first to get access to Bookshare. You can download audio, eText, and more.
NNELS Talking Books Disc Service
If you cannot use downloadable audiobooks, we can make disc copies of NNELS audiobooks for you.
Other alternative format material sources we can help you with:
SAFM (Saskatchewan Alternate Format Materials Library)
Find school textbooks in Braille and Large Print.
Audio Description Project (American Council of the Blind)
This site lists newly released described DVDs and Blu-ray discs.
DV Guide (Accessible Media Inc.)
A comprehensive list of most described television programming in Canada.
Assistive Technology at the Library
Zoomtext Screen Magnification
We have Zoomtext magnification software available from any public Internet station at all SPL locations. If you have trouble reading fine print on a computer screen, you can walk into a SPL branch near you and use Zoomtext.
Optelec Video Magnifier
The Optelec Magnifier, or CCTV can be used to read books, documents, letters, and greeting cards, and to view photographs in a large format. You can use it at either Frances Morrison Central Library or Rusty Macdonald Branch.
Kurzweil 1000 Scanner Reader
The Kurzweil workstation scans printed text and converts it into synthesized speech, reading it aloud. This machine offers people with a visual disability access to the printed word. Available in the main floor Outreach & Access Services area of Frances Morrison Central Library.
Large Print and Voice Internet Computer
A personal computer with screen magnification software (ZoomText) and screenreader software (NVDA) can be used to search the Internet or the library's online catalogue. People with visual disabilities can magnify the size of the screen using ZoomText, or can have the words on the screen read out loud using NVDA. Available in the main floor Outreach & Access Services area of Frances Morrison Central Library.
Our Internet PC can be used with a trackball mouse, for people with physical disabilities that make using a standard mouse difficult. Available in the main floor Outreach & Access Services area of Frances Morrison Central Library.
The library will lend DAISY players for short periods of time to Talking Book clients who would like to try them out before buying their own equipment. Available in the main floor Outreach & Access Services area of Frances Morrison Central Library.
Mousercise is a fun and interactive tutorial-based service that guides users through the ins and outs of how to use a computer mouse.