Effective February 17, 2021: All branches are open for adjusted services and continue to offer Library Takeout and contactless pickups. Some OPL Express locations open. Learn More

Special Services

Library Takeout & Library Returns

We encourage those currently registered with the Delivery Service to use Library Takeout, a contactless holds pickup service, having a family member, friend or neighbour pick up and deliver items according to outlined provisions of the residence they live in, if not at home. As the Library Takeout service is not a on demand service wait times will be longer than usual. Please take a moment to view the Library Takeout video. Borrowed library materials, can now be returned during designated times, however we are unable to accept the special services bags at this time. We appreciate your patience.

Stories by Phone

It's now even easier to enjoy stories at home! A friendly OPL staff member has pre-recorded a Stories by Phone option for you. Dial 905-815-2041 and choose any option and – once or as many times as you like! You will be greeted by a friendly voice and a story ready for you! Categories include sonnets and children’s bedtime stories (age 7 and under), both categories offering new options every Tuesday. The third category available is listening to an adult cozy mystery which will have new additions everyday from Monday to Friday. Pick one or play them all, as many times as you like. Long-distance charges may apply.


Centre for Equitable Library Access (CELA) Resources

The Centre for Equitable Library Access (CELA) has Canada's largest collections of books and online resources for people who have difficulty reading print due to a visual, physical, or learning disability. More information on access to their alternative formats and services can be found at their website. A valid Oakville Public Library card is required to enroll in this service.

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Delivery Service - Temporarily Unavailable

We provide home delivery of library materials to those confined to their home due to illness or disability. Upon registering with the service a profile of reading preferences is created (this may include talking books, for those with visual disabilities). Library staff uses this profile to select suitable materials for delivery. Volunteers pick up and deliver either every two weeks or once a month.

This service is restricted to persons who have a:

  • Visual disability
  • Physical disability
  • Learning disability

Reading Aids - Temporarily Unavailable

SmartView is a magnifier which enhances all reading materials, including magazines, newspapers, photographs, and more. Available at our Woodside branch. Generously donated by Friends of the Oakville Public Library.

ZoomTextis screen magnification software that allows you to view the library catalogue and the internet in large print. Available at the Central and Woodside branches.

Kurzweil Reading Machines are computers equipped with scanners and specialized software. They allow you to scan printed material, magnify it on the screen, and then have the text read aloud to you. Available at our Central and Woodside branches.


For more information on reading aids, please contact Kimberly Stuiver specialservices@oakville.ca

Connection Kits

OPL is now offering two types of connection kits. These kits are to help Oakville residents who are 55+ who do not have access to the internet or technology, stay connected with friends and family and to access alternate formats of reading material for those with print disabilities. To learn more, please call your local branch for more information.

Connection Kit FAQs

What are Connection Kits? 

The Connection Kits include 2 types of loanable kits:

  1. a Tablet + Wifi Kit
  2. an Accessible Reading Tablet

How were the kits funded? 

The kits were funded through a grant provided by the Government of Canada to support community members at risk of isolation during the Covid-19 pandemic. Oakville Public Library applied for the grant through United Way Halton and Hamilton and became the successful recipient of funding for this project.

 

Who is eligible to borrow the tablet? 

As per the grant requirements, the Tablet + Wifi kits and Accessible Reading tablets are reserved for Oakville residents who are 55+ in age and who do not have access to the internet or technology. The Accessible Reading tablets are reserved for customers with print disabilities.

Print disabilities include:

  1. vision loss
  2. a physical disability that prevents someone from holding a print book
  3. a learning disability.

 

How long may I borrow a Connection Kits?

Connection Kits may be borrowed for 6 weeks.

 

Can I place a hold on a Connection Kits? 

Please phone the library and a staff member can put a kit on hold for you.

 

If I borrow a kit, how will the privacy of my personal information be protected? 

Every tablet will be factory re-set upon its return to the library.

 

What health and safety measures are you putting into place to keep customers safe from the spread of Covid-19? 

Each tablet will be quarantined for 72 hours upon its return to the library. In addition, the tablets will be sanitized with disinfectant cleaner prior to the next checkout.

 

What is an Accessible Reading Tablet? 

The accessible reading tablets are tablets which are preloaded with apps that assist those with print disabilities to access books in alternative formats, such as audio, large font text or text to speech.

 

Do I need to have Wifi at home to use the Accessible Reading Tablet? 

No, staff will learn what types of books you enjoy and load the books onto the tablets at the library.



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