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Public Library Services for Patrons with Print Disabilities: NNELS

This is a libguide for public library staff to learn about NNELS and CELA services for patrons with print disabilities.

The National Network for Equitable Library Service (NNELS) is a repository of content owned and sustained by Canadian public libraries, working with international partners, libraries, readers, and publishers (particularly Canadian ones) to make copies of books in accessible formats available to readers in Canada who have print disabilities. 



Phone: 1.888.848.9250



Service Guide

Service Eligibility

Registration with a Saskatchewan public library as a patron with print disability.


It is estimated that less than 5% of published material is available in an accessible format. NNELS  provides us with an opportunity to create new content. If you have a patron who would like to read a certain book and it is not available in an accessible format, let us know! We will send the request on to NNELS  and let you know when the title becomes available. 

Please email with your patron requests.


NNELS titles are digital downloads that can be played on many different devices. Patrons with print disabilities can download a NNELS  title onto an existing listening device including an iPod, iPad, iPhone, Tablet or Victor Stream Reader.

For those using an iDevice (iPod, iPad, iPhone), try the wireless download option using the Voice Dream app. For other devices, check out reading and downloading options listed on the NNELS website.


NNELS  tutorials on using a variety of devices can be accessed here.

Other NNELS tutorials on library services for print disabled patrons can be accessed here.

RPL Device Testing

Staff at the Outreach Services department of Regina Public Library tested a number of devices with their clients prior to purchasing some for their unit.  Read their report to see which devices were preferred.

NNELS Updates

[02/2018] $1Million in federal funding to expand the impact of NNELS for readers with print disabilities announced by BC Libraries Cooperative.

[10/2017] 455 new titles have been added to NNELS. Click here for details.

[09/2017] NNELS has produced 19 Saskatchewan Book Awards titles in accessible formats. You can get access to these titles here.