Accessible Collections

Calgary Public Library has an extensive collection of books, CDs, DVDs, magazines and newspapers. In addition, we also offer a wide range of materials in alternate formats. 

Large Print Books

Available to all library customers, large print books are complete, unabridged texts with clear type in at least 13-point font. Large print books can be found at all library branches and at continuing care centres and lodges served by the Calgary Public Library. Our collections include a choice of titles including best-sellers, mysteries and non-fiction. Some titles are available in other languages.

Talking Books

Talking books are full length recordings of popular fiction and non-fiction books featured on cassette tape or MP3. The library's selection of over 14,000 titles includes fiction, history and biographies. Some titles are available in other languages. These materials are available to customers that hold a Special Services Card.

Digital Books

The DAISY Standard is an audiobook on a CD and allows for full flexibility. It is designed to allow readers to move around the text as efficiently and flexibly as a print user. Listeners can jump from page to page, bookmark specific pages as well as going directly to a specific page number. One CD can contain up to 30 hours of material, however it cannot be played on regular CD players. 

Digital Readers - VICTOR players 

Digital Readers allow for simple, easy navigation through novels, magazines and other leisure books. Victor Reader players are ideal for your favorite leisure reading, best-sellers, novels, magazines, etc. They offer navigation features like browsing the table of contents, skipping from section to section or from page to page. All of the VICTOR players can play audio CDs as well as MP3 formats and DAISY standard digital books.

Descriptive Videos

Descriptive videos are regular, commercial films, which have been augmented with special narration which describes the action for people who have visual impairments. As a descriptive video plays, it describes the visual elements of action, characters, locations, costumes and sets to the viewer without interfering with the movie's dialogue or sound effects. Descriptive videos are available at the Central Library (5th floor).

Centre for Equitable Library Access

The Centre for Equitable Library Access (CELA) provides collections in alternative formats to patrons with print disabilities.

If you have trouble reading print because of a visual, physical or learning disability Calgary Public Library offers lots of other ways to read. As a member of CELA, we offer:

  • Books, newspapers, magazines and movies for all ages and interests
  • Summer Reading Club for Children
  • Accessible online services for web reading and research
  • Materials available in English or French, with expanding access to other languages

To find out more, contact: Diversity Services, 403-260-2702,

World Language Collections

For newcomers the Library provides a readily available World Language Collection. World language materials can be accessed from all of the branches.