The National Network for Equitable Library Service, or NNELS, is an online public library which provides published books in accessible formats for Canadians with print disabilities.
Their goal is for patrons with perceptual disabilities to have access to the same types of books and information available in any public library, but in digital formats which are accessible for their needs. NNELS generally collects popular and recent material with a particular focus on Canadian literature. Additions to the constantly-growing NNELS collection are driven by patron requests and partner selections, as well as contributions including from publishers and alternate format producers.
The NNELS collection primarily holds English language titles but NNELS accepts requests in other languages, especially French. NNELS acquires and produces titles in numerous digital formats, including DAISY, MP3, PDF, E-text, and EPUB. When requesting a title, a patron may request it be produced in a particular format which is accessible to them. If the requested title and format is already commercially available elsewhere, NNELS may direct the patron’s library to purchase it; otherwise, they will produce the title and make it available on the NNELS website.
Patrons with perceptual disabilities in Peace Library System libraries may request and borrow titles from NNELS as long as the patron code in their patron account in Polaris is set to “Print Disabled”.
To request a title, visit the NNELS request form.
For tutorials and instructions on searching and downloading already existing NNELS titles, visit the NNELS Help Page.
The Library Toolshed also has help resources for NNELS, including:
- NNELS Powerpoint
- Library Staff Tip Sheet for NNELS
- NNELS Tent Cards for Circulation/Reference Counters
Member libraries can contact NNELS for help at: