Provincial Programs Supporting Libraries
Provincially supported programs include:
Accessible Library Collections
B.C.’s public libraries operate as a network to respond to the needs of people with print disabilities.
The following programs grant access to collections across the province and are available through local public libraries:
- National Network of Equitable Library Service: produces digital books in accessible formats and makes them available to readers in Canada who have print disabilities
- Interlibrary Loan (e.g. DAISY, MP3 CDs, large print)
- Public Library InterLINK (Books on CD, DAISY, and small Braille collection)
Did you know?
- Print disabilities affect approximately 10% of the Canadian population
- Approximately 5% of text materials are currently available in a format that is accessible to persons with print disabilities
- According to the Copyright Act (section 32), a print disability is a learning, physical or visual, disability that impairs a person from reading conventional print
Resources for Publishers
Inclusive publishing is the methodology and practice of creating a single, commercial publication which can be accessed by everyone irrespective of print disability, using mainstream or specialist assistive technology. NNELS provides tools for publishers interested in making books and other content available to Canadians with print disabilities.
Each year, British Columbia’s public libraries help their users borrow over 135,000 books from other public, college, and university libraries from across the province. If you cannot find what you need in your local public library, the staff there can help you with an interlibrary loan using either the Illume software or through the BC Interlibrary Connect Zone.
- Illume, in partnership with BC Electronic Library Network, provides access to library materials found in almost all B.C. public and post-secondary libraries.
- The BC Interlibrary Connect Zone, in partnership with the BC Libraries Cooperative, allows patrons in libraries that use the Sitka library system to borrow items across the province.
Review the information on the Provincial Interlibrary Loan Code policy.
Library Material Shipping Rate and Shipping Tool
Most interlibrary loans are eligible to be shipped via the Library Materials Shipping Rate. Read more on the Library Material Shipping Rate and Shipping Tool.
The Province recognizes and supports public libraries’ changing role in today’s world. Professional development and capacity building opportunities for library staff, volunteers, and trustees are available through:
• BC Library Conference
• British Columbia Library Trustees Association Conference
• British Columbia Library Trustees Association - Library Governance Workshops
• Beyond Hope Library Conference
• Library Federations
• Vancouver Island Library Staff Conference
Any B.C. library cardholder can get a free BC OneCard decal by visiting another public library in the province. Library users only need to provide a valid public library card and a current ID with proof of current address.
Each individual library sets out which resources and services are accessible using your BC OneCard. Contact a specific library for more information about their services.
Information for Library Patrons
- Please contact your local library for information about services currently available.
Information for Library Administrators
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, borrowing through the Provincial Interlibrary Loan and BC OneCard programs are closed; however, some libraries are accepting interlibrary loan and BC OneCard returns. In order to mitigate the loss of items, please follow these instructions.
- Check the list of libraries that are accepting interlibrary loan (updated July 8, 2020) and BC OneCard returns.
- Please contact the 'home' library prior to returning items as a courtesy. Contact information available on spreadsheet.
- For information or technical assistance processing returns:
- Libraries should contact Libraries Branch if their ability to accept returns changes firstname.lastname@example.org
- Libraries Branch will update the list on a twice weekly basis.