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. Library membership is also required.
Home Library Services
People who are physically unable to visit the library independently often rely on their family or friends to bring them materials from the library. Once registered, Home Library Services users have access to the following services:
- Longer loan periods
- No Fines
- Flexible delivery times
- Qualified Library staff to assist with selection of materials
People who do not have someone on whom they can rely to check materials out for them, can have the library materials brought to them. Qualified volunteers will deliver materials to your doorstep. This service can be used temporarily or on a permanent basis and is free of charge. Please complete the online Home Library Customer Declaration Form to start the process or speak with library staff if assistance is needed. This service is only available to customers over the age of 18 who are living in Vaughan.
Autism Spectrum Disorder Resources
Children and families can enjoy new ways to learn, read and have fun! Check out the new sensory-friendly arrivals on our shelves for you to borrow or use in the library.
- Autism Tools Kit
- Feelings Flashcards: A Great Way for Kids to Share--and Learn About--all Kinds of Emotions
- Mindfulness Game: Guess, Connect, Experiment
- Moods & Emotions Wooden Match-Ups
- Moogy the Emotions Game
- My Feelings: Exploring Emotions Through Fun, Active Play!
- Photo Conversation Cards For Children With Autism and Asperger’s
- Sensory Fidget Toys
- What Should I Do? A Game of Consequences
A Victor Reader is available for loan in VPL. Provided by the Government of Ontario, the Victor Reader is a digital talking book player to assist people who are blind or have print-related disabilities.
Accessible Building Features
- Two story 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.
- The Pierre Berton Resource Library has a push-button automatic door, all the other libraries branches have automatic sliding doors. All library 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.
Many of the resources available at VPL are suited to accessibility needs.
Cognitive Care Kits
Our Cognitive Care Kit collection feature 12 different kits, each containing a variety of activities intended for people suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia. The materials in each kit focus on memory and skill retention and are suitable for those with early, mid, or later stage dementia. The materials include simple puzzles, activity and colouring books, readers, and interactive games.
Watch this video to learn more about our Cognitive Care Kits.
Introduction to Cognitive Care Kits
MagnusCards is a step-by-step visual guide app designed to assist individuals living with cognitive special needs to accomplish life skills independently such as using library services.
- 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.
- 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.
If you would like to know more about these services, please contact your local branch at 905-653-READ (7323).