Accessibility Statement

We aspire for our libraries to be welcoming, inclusive, and accepting public spaces to all people. Through this work, all Nova Scotians will have full and equitable access to spaces, services, resources, programs, and employment/volunteer opportunities offered by public libraries.

Accessibility Plan

The Interregional Advisory Committee for Library Accessibility (IACLA) is proud to release the multi-year IACLA Accessibility Plan for six regional libraries, including Cape Breton Regional Library.

Website Accessibility

At CBRL, we know that the online experience we create needs to be welcoming and inclusive to people with a wide range of abilities. This includes those who rely on assistive technology to access online services, in addition to individuals with cognitive and digital-literacy challenges.

We strive to maintain compliance with Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1 level AA on our website. This is an ongoing process. Some of our efforts include:

  • Our website team includes accessibility and usability criteria for any new design feature or improvements to existing features.
  • Staff contributing website and social media content are provided guidelines and training on how to ensure content is accessible.
  • Text Equivalents — We are working to ensure that images are accessible to people who use screen readers and other assistive technology by using appropriate alternative text.
  • Site Structure — We are working to ensure that appropriate headings are used so that people can use the site with assistive technology.
  • Keyboard Access — Improving keyboard access for non-mouse input devices.

Our website is always evolving and we hope to continue to make the site more user-friendly and accessible for everyone. We welcome feedback on how we can make improvements. Please send any feedback on website accessibility to info@cbrl.ca

Many Ways to Read

CBRL offers a variety of reading materials for people who find it difficult to read standard print books.

Learn more about our Accessible Collections including Talking Books, eBooks, and Large Print Books.

Many of our Digital Library apps also have features to improve accessibility. For example PressReader has a feature for listening to newspaper and magazine articles. The Libby app also has some accessibility features.

Equipment to Borrow

Available equipment includes:

  • DAISY CD Players (Victor Stratus Reader) – phone 902-562-3161 to reserve.
  • DAISY Digital Players (Victor Stream Reader) – phone 902-562-3161 to reserve.
  • Optelec Traveller HD – For magnifying print books, newspapers and more.
  • iPads
  • Autism Tool Kits

Bookmobile Service & Seniors Facilities

The Cape Breton Regional Library Bookmobile visits rural parts of CBRM and Victoria County. Some residential care facilities and assisted living facilities are also visited by the bookmobile. Email the bookmobile or phone 902-562-3279 to inquire about bookmobile service.