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Accessibility at Your Library

Rideau Lakes Public Library is committed to providing equal access for everyone to our facilities and to reading, information, lifelong learning, literacy, and technology. Arrow pointing to content below


The Rideau Lakes Public Library is committed to providing equal access to everyone who uses our facilities in compliance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). We ensure that, if you have a disability, you will receive information and service that meets your needs. Please contact Christine Row by phone at 613-359-5334 or by email at to discuss your requirements.
  • Website

    Our website has been designed using accessibility guidelines developed for screen readers and improved accessibility. Browser Accessibility Tools are useful for enlarging font, magnification and other services. Visit our Text Help page for more information on increasing font size »

  • Home Outreach

    Library staff will deliver books to homebound residents of the Rideau Lakes township. We currently provide outreach programs to Mill Bay Court in Portland, Rideau Lakes Apartments in Elgin and Lombard Manor.


Four branches of Rideau Lakes are wheel-chair accessible with clear paths of travel.  Newboro Branch is only somewhat accessible.  Washrooms in four branches are also wheel-chair accessible and the Newboro washroom is accessible through the back door. The Library is continually improving the accessibility features of internal signage and furnishings as budget allows and as required by the AODA.

Accessible Collections

The Library develops and maintains accessible collections in a variety of formats including:
The collections and community information displays include materials with information on a range of disabilities, disability issues, and services for people with disabilities.


The Library is a member of the CNIB Partners Program. This program will give direct access to the CNIB collections for our patrons. We have a Daisy Reader you may borrow.

Centre for Equitable Library Access Collection

Rideau Lakes Public Library offers a collection of over 230,000 books, magazines, newspapers and described videos in a choice of formats for people with a print disability.

  • Lots of choice including current bestsellers, award-winners and classics

  • Fiction, non-fiction, self-help, business and more

  • Books for kids, teens and adults

  • Books in audio, braille or accessible e-book formats

  • Download books or receive home delivery by mail



    Access to the CELA collection is available to people who are unable to read conventional print due to a disability, which includes:


    Learning disability: an impairment relating to comprehension

    Physical disability: the inability to hold or manipulate a book

    Visual disability: severe or total impairment of sight or the inability to focus or move one's eyes.


    How to sign up for CELA

    Sign up for CELA service with your public library card, or contact library staff for assistance.


    Access to the collection is offered in a number of ways
  • Download books to your computer or mobile device, such as an iPhone.

  • Download books to a DAISY player over a wireless connection without using a computer.

  • Receive audio CDs, Braille or described movies through your local branch or by mail directly to your home.

  • The CELA website can be found at: