Accessibility at the Library

The Barrie Public Library is committed to providing barrier-free access to services and resources for people with disabilities. We support the independence and integration of all who live, learn, work, play and invest in our community.

We follow the requirements of the Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2001, the Ontario Human Rights Code, and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005.   

Both of our branches are wheelchair accessible, have at least one accessible computer and a CCTV. For more information, please read our Accessibility Policy.

Large Print, DAISY and Audiobook collection

We carry material in alternate formats including Large Print and audiobook CDs in both branches.  The Downtown Branch also offers a DAISY-CD collection, restricted by copyright to those with print impairments.  A print impairment is a learning, physical or visual disability that prevents a person from reading print material.

Centre for Equitable Library Access (CELA)
To access other DAISY materials like Bookshare, CDs and downloadable formats, you can register with CELA.  This gives eligible patrons access to more than 300,000 items in accessible formats.  A self-declaration of print impairment or a CNIB card, plus a current Barrie Public Library card is needed.  You can register yourself for CELA or have a staff member help you.

Accessibility Working Group

The library’s Accessibility Working Group meets bi-monthly to ensure that the library remains an accessible and barrier-free environment. We focus on ways that accessibility can be improved through staff training, new technologies, and constant evaluation of our physical spaces in order to meet accessibility needs.

Hiring practices

We are committed to providing an inclusive, barrier-free environment for job applicants. As an organization, we respect and uphold the requirements set forth under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (2005).

If invited to participate in an interview, please advise us of accommodation measures you may require during our recruitment process. Information received relating to accommodation needs of applicants will be addressed confidentially.

Contact us

For more information about our accessibility practices, please call 705-728-1010, email or fill out our Ask a Librarian form.