Accessibility - Vaughan Public Libraries
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Accessibility Information

Vaughan Public Libraries provides exceptional library service for all citizens and strives to meet the needs of all citizens. We are committed to meeting the needs of people with disabilities by preventing and removing barriers to accessibility and by meeting the accessibility requirements under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (AODA) and the City of Vaughan's Accessibility Policy.

Accessible Building Features

  • Two storey branches, PBRL, WO and KL, have a button operated passenger elevator or lift. Other branches are all on one level.
  • Book drops are accessible height.
  • Distance between book shelves in all branches accommodates minimum aisle widths per accessibility standards.
  • All branches have strobe lights attached to fire alarms to help the hearing impaired.
  • Service desks are accessible to persons who use a wheelchair or scooter at most branches.
  • AN, BCRL, DC and Maple have sliding doors. The other branches have a push-button automatic door. All main entrances are wheelchair accessible.
  • All branches have handicap accessible washrooms.
  • Self-check stations at most branches are wheelchair accessible.
  • Persons with disabilities are welcomed to use personal assistive devices, registered service animals and/or support persons in the library.

Accessible Formats

Many of the resources available at VPL are suited to accessibility needs.
  • Audiobooks (Books on CD)
  • eAudiobooks (downloadable)
  • eBooks (downloadable) - the settings can be adjusted with the majority of our downloadable eBooks to suit personal preferences for text size.
  • Large Print books
  • Adult basic literacy books
  • Many DVD's and Blu-ray's have the sub-title option
  • Descriptive DVD's
  • Many of our databases provide text to speech capability such as EBSCO, Gale, PebbleGo, TumbleBooks and TumbleReadables.

Information Access

  • Account information is available in person, over the telephone and online.
  • Notification about holds pick up, overdues and due date reminders is available via telephone, Email Notification or Text Notification.
  • Homebound services are available for customers who cannot visit the library.

Website Features

  • Patrons are free to choose Large Font or zoom in and out to view the site in a size comfortable to their viewing.
  • Text equivalents are used for images to facilitate those using screen readers.
  • Style sheets are used to separate the documents structure from presentation.
  • Device-independent interaction with the website is allowed: use a mouse, keyboard, or touch screen device.
  • Moving content can be stopped by users.

Accessible Equipment

A DAISY Reader is available for loan in VPL. Provided by the Government of Ontario, the DAISY READER is a digital talking book player to assist people who are blind or have print-related disabilities.

CELA Services

As a member of the Centre for Equitable Library Access (CELA), VPL offers access to over 85,000 items to seniors or anyone who has a visual, physical or learning disability that prevents them from reading conventional print.

Enjoy books, magazines, newspapers and described videos in a variety of formats including audio, e-text, downloadable and braille formats.

To set up an account with CELA, please ask staff at the Service Desk for assistance. VPL membership is also required.