Provincially Supported Programs

Provincially supported programs include:

Access Copyright is a Canadian copyright collective representing Canadian creators and publishers (copyright holders).

Information posters in English [PDF] or French [PDF] are available for download. These posters can be printed and placed near public access photocopiers in libraries.

 

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:

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 a tools for publishers interested in making books and other content available to Canadians with print disabilities.

Each year, British Columbia’s public library help their users borrow over 135,000 books from other public libraries, colleges, 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 OutLook Online software or through the BC Interlibrary Connect Zone.

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 of library staff, volunteers, and trustees are available through the following:

  • BC Library Conference
  • Beyond Hope Library Conference
  • British Columbia Library Trustees Conference
  • Library Staff Online Training Program 
  • Library Trustee Orientation Program (TOP)
  • Royal Roads Library Staff Certificate
  • 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.

Read the provincial policy for BC OneCard Administration