Accessible Formats and Collections

Finding Descriptive Videos in the Catalogue

CKPL carries many descriptive videos and now it's easier to search these in our catalogue. Descriptive videos have been augmented with special narration which describes the action for people who have visual impairments. For a list of descriptive videos, click here.

Large Print Books

Large print books are available at all of our library branches. Titles include of best-sellers and a variety of genres. These books may be placed on hold and delivered to your local branch.

Books on CD

CKPL offers a variety of books on CD for patrons to borrow. Enjoy full length recordings of books including best-sellers, a variety of fiction genres, and non-fiction. We have books on CD for children, teens and adults. These items may be placed on hold and delivered to any CKPL branch.


Playaways and Playaway Views offer an all in one experience. Both come preloaded to either listen or watch your book. Playaways are available for both adults and children. Playaway Views are available for children.

Downloadable Titles

There are a variety of ebooks, eaudiobooks, and emagazines for children, teens, and adults that can be downloaded to your computer or personal devices through our online services.  For more information about our downloadable titles, click here.

Books for Dementia and Alzheimer's patients

We now have a collection of titles by Emma Rose Sparrow.  They are designed to engage dementia patients and those who cannot enjoy books in the usual way.  Some have simple text, others are only pictures. If you work at a seniors home or have loved ones who can no longer enjoy reading, check our catalogue under the author's name or the headings "Dementia-Patients-Services for" or "Stories without words".

Assistive Technology

You can scan a book on the SARA (scanning and reading appliance) and have it read back to you in one of 18 languages. This device is available in Chatham but can be sent to another branch on request.

All CKPL branches offer Chromeboxes for public use. Chromeboxes have accessibility features including text-to-speech, high contrast display mode, and screen magnifier. Large print keyboards and headphones are available at most branches on request. 

Centre for Equitable Library Access (CELA)

CKPL is registered with the Centre for Equitable Library Access (CELA). Access to the CELA collection is available to people who are unable to read conventional print due to a disability, including visual, physical or learning disabilities.

Through CELA, CKPL can offer patrons an additional collection of over 450,000 books, magazines, newspapers and described videos in a choice of formats for people with a print disability.  This collection includes:

  • Lots of choice including current bestsellers, award-winders and classics
  • Fiction, non-fiction, self-help, business and more
  • Books for kids, teens and adults
  • Books in both English and French
  • Books in audio, braille or accessible ebook formats

Signing up for CELA is as easy as registering  on their website at  If a person is unable to complete the application themselves, library staff would be happy to assist them.  Once submitted, materials in digital format are available for instant download.  Physical materials can be ordered through CELA’s website, and are mailed at no cost, directly to the patron (and are returned the same way).

For more information call 519.354.2940 or visit the CELA website.

Home Service

This service is available for patrons who are homebound due to illness, age, or disability. A variety of materials, including books, large print books and books on CD, are selected and delivered by volunteers to you free of charge. For more information about home service, click here