The Huron County Library is committed to making every effort to ensure our spaces and collections are accessible for all. Our branches feature wheelchair accessible entrances, washrooms, and computer stations. Should you require assistance, please reach out to staff at a branch near you.
The Library also offers a variety of services to support our print-disabled patrons. These tools and materials can be requested and delivered to any of our 12 branches located throughout the County. Learn more about our accessible resources below or visit our online catalogue.
The 2020-2024 Accessibility Plan outlines the policies and actions that the Huron County Library will put in place to improve opportunities for people with disabilities.
CELA (Centre for Equitable Library Access) is a national not-for-profit organization focused on the creation, collection, delivery and preservation of both digital and physical alternate format accessible materials to print disabled Canadians through public libraries.
Interested in setting up your own account with CELA or know someone that could benefit from their services? Speak to branch staff about registering or visit the CELA site with your Huron County Library card. For more information visit https://celalibrary.ca/register
HCL Branches offer accessible public computer stations with assistive technologies. Dedicated public computers have ZoomText, a computer screen magnifier and reader installed. Large print keyboards and headphones are also available.
The Exeter Branch offers a computer reserved for individuals with special needs. It has a large print keyboard, an ergonomic mouse and a sound blaster with earphones for the hearing impaired. It also has enlarged font for easier reading and is equipped with a printer. It sits on an adjustable table that is wheel-chair accessible.
Visitors to the Exeter Branch also have access to a closed circuit television that magnifies print in books, newspapers, prescriptions, etc. This device is able to increase fonts up 12 levels, to stretch fonts, choose either a positive or negative image, and choose from five different colours. The user can also increase the size of a photographic image. It is an excellent tool for individuals with macular degeneration or other visual impairments. The CCTV sits on an adjustable table so that you can use it either standing or seated and is wheelchair accessible.
DAISY Discs & Players
DAISY audiobooks are designed specifically for individuals with print disabilities and need to be read through a DAISY Reader to utilize the navigational features of the DAISY discs. Please note that other types of discs can not be played in the DAISY Readers. DAISY discs and readers can be borrowed for free with a Huron County Library card. If we don’t have the title you are looking for on a DAISY disc, it may be available to borrow through CELA. Speak to branch about placing a request.
Available at all Huron County Library locations, Large Print books are complete, unabridged books with clear, oversized, high-contrast type. They are designed for ease of reading for those with visual challenges. The library carries a selection of bestsellers, popular fiction, mysteries, romance, westerns, classics, biographies and a variety of non-fiction in Large Print formats.