Accessibility Services

Outreach Services

For more information or assistance with these services, please email staff at outreachservices@middlesex.ca or call 519-245-8237 and leave a message.

Books by Mail

For those who are unable to get to one of our branches, we offer a Books-by-Mail service. Books are mailed via Canada Post with postage and return postage paid. Books are sent for a four week loan period.

Renewals can be requested by telephone. Our staff selects books based on the patron’s stated preferences. Specific titles and authors or LARGE PRINT format can also be requested.

Talking Books

For those who are unable to read printed books because of vision or other impairments, we offer audiobooks on CD by mail. Items Patrons receive two or more talking books by mail, postage and return postage paid. They are selected on the patron’s interests.

Long Term Care Collections

Long Term Care Homes and Adult Day Centres throughout Middlesex County are able to provide their residents with books to read through the library's Deposit Collection service. Staff request the number of and type of materials they wish to receive, and items are delivered by library staff on a monthly basis. Residents can request a selection of fiction, non-fiction, DVD and audiobooks titles.

Additional Services

Digital Audiobooks and eBooks

Middlesex County Library offers several options for patrons to access both digital audiobooks and eBooks, which some patrons may find easier to use than traditional print.  These services can be can be downloaded as an app to a mobile device or accessed on a computer. An internet connection is required.

eBooks, digital aduiobooks, music and streaming video from Hoopla

eBooks and digital audiobooks from cloudLibrary and Axis360

Need help getting started?  Visit our Digital Collections Help page.

Centre for Equitable Library Access Collection (CELA) 

What is CELA?

The Centre for Equitable Library Access (CELA), is Canada’s comprehensive accessible reading service, providing books and other materials to Canadians with print disabilities in the formats of their choice. A national not-for-profit organization, CELA is fully funded to serve 97% of the estimated 3 million Canadians with print disabilities in partnership with member public libraries and we offer a digital-only service to those in non-funded areas. CELA provides access to 800,000 professionally produced titles to provide people with print disabilities with a quality library experience.

Middlesex County Library partners with CELA to offer our patrons access to books, magazines, newspapers and described videos in a choice of formats including audio, braille and accessible eBook.

Why use the CELA collection?

•        Enjoy a full range of subjects, genres, classics and award winners

•        Select from favourites for kids, teens, and adults

•        Stay up to date with 50 newspapers and 150 magazines

•        Choose your preferred format: audio, e-text or braille.

•        Download books or receive home delivery by mail

Who is eligible to access the CELA collection?

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.

Please note that patrons can self-declare their need to utilize the CELA collection, no documentation is required.

How do I get started with CELA?

Sign up for CELA service with your Middlesex County Library card on their website, or contact us by phone at 519-245-8237 or email outreachservices@middlesex.ca for assistance.

Once registered, you can utilize the collection 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 by mail directly to your home
  • Pick up requested items at your local Middlesex County Library Branch

Visit the CELA website for more information.