Accessibility Services

One in seven people in Ontario has a disability. Over the next 20 years, that number will rise as the population ages.

Windsor Public Library ensures all its library facilities, services and resources are accessible to people with disabilities.

In fulfilling its mission, “Universal Access to the Universe of Ideas,” the Windsor Public Library strives at all times to provide its resources and services in a way that respects the dignity and independence of people with disabilities.

General Accessibility

  • • all branches are wheelchair accessible;
  • • a wheelchair is available at Central Library;
  • • illuminated magnifiers and magnifying sheets are available;
  • • closed circuit television (60x enlargement) is available at Central and Riverside branches;
  • • computer station available for the visually impaired;
  • • TTY services for the hearing impaired is available. Call 252-4775.

There are two computers in the WPL system (at Riverside Library and Central Library) which have several Assistive Technology programs including:

  • • JAWS 10.0 (software for users with low vision) and braille printer;
  • • WinBraille (Windows-based braille editor);
  • • ZoomText 9.1 (for users with low vision);

Additionally, in the Adult Literacy Classroom, we provide access to all of the above programs as well as a few more:

  • • E-Text Reader (reading, writing, studying software);
  • • iPads for literacy learning;
  • • wordQ (for struggling writers);
  • • Livescribe (WiFi smartpen);
  • • touchscreen computers for literacy learning.

Other Accessibility Services

  • • Numerous care facilities and seniors’ apartment buildings receive a selected collection of WPL materials every two months.
  • • Anyone who is homebound may register with Accessibility Services and receive personally selected library materials on a regular basis.
  • • If you have family or a friend who will pick up a bagful of materials, we will select, check out, and send it to the branch nearest you. Delivery, provided by volunteers, may be arranged if absolutely necessary.

Large Print Books

The Windsor Public Library has an extensive collection of large print books which any member may borrow. Collections of large print books are sent to branches regularly. To find large print titles in the Library catalogue, go to the WPL web site, click on Search our catalogue, choose title or author from the Keyword drop-down menu, enter the title or author, click on advanced search, scroll down to Limit my search results, go into the drop down menu called Collections and choose Large Print, then hit the Search button.


WPL began offering the free loan of Sony® Readers to registered WPL cardholders on February 15, 2013. A total of 100 eReaders are available throughout the system at all 10 library branches and customers can place a hold on the devices if demand exceeds supply. A library card in good standing is required to borrow an eReader and the loan period is three weeks.

eReaders provide the ability to adjust the font size of an eBook at will. Any eBook can be made into the equivalent of a large print edition at no additional cost, and returned to displaying regular font size for other readers. eReaders are also light and thin, and easy to grasp. Progressing through an eBook is also accomplished by pushing a button, a much simpler gesture than physically turning pages and there is no risk of tearing pages when using an eReader.

Print/Braille Books

Print/Braille books are children’s picture books with pages overlaid in clear plastic, embossed with Braille and are designed for adults to read to sighted children. To find this collection in the WPL catalogue, go to the WPL web site, click on advanced search, type print/braille into the search box and then hit the Search button. Any library customer may borrow these books.

Talking Books

TBs or CDs are unabridged, and the authors have waived their royalties from copyright in order that people with sight disabilities or physical disabilities may have access to literature. This talking book collection is only available at Central Library.


A limited but growing number of titles are available in DAISY format, a CD that carries the entire book on a single disc. These have been provided to the library by the CNIB and may only be accessed through WPL’s Accessibility Services.

For more information on any of the above services, please contact WPL Accessibility Services at (519) 255-6770, ext. 4404, or WPL Adult Literacy Services at (519) 255-6770, ext. 4444 or 4460.


2 Responses to "Accessibility Services"

  1. James McCarte says:

    Can I get a library card online, or do I have to come to the library?

    • Windsor Public Library says:

      Unluckily this service is not available unless you have accessibility needs.

      Customers attempting to obtain a card for a parent, or someone not physically able to visit the library, should contact the Accessible Services office (519.255.6770, Ext. 4404).

      Otherwise, you can sign up for a library card at any library location. Applicants for library cards are required to provide documentation to verify identity and home address.

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