Accessibility

A Partnership Project

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Public Notice:  The Waverley Library will be undergoing renovations starting June 1, 2019 on the lower level to create new, accessible, gender neutral washrooms.

The current public washroom, located near the shared service desk downstairs is not accessible nor is it modern or aesthetically pleasing. The washroom located in the children's area, although it is accessible, will also be impacted in order to create space for this change.

The Plan:

The plan is to create a new shipping/receiving area for Library staff and partners and a new public washroom configuration with multiple stalls all together in the same space. The public washroom will be gender neutral.

The Tentative Timetable and Implications:

The work is scheduled to begin around June 1 and will take approximately two months to complete. At the beginning of the project, there will only be one washroom available to the public for a few days - this washroom is in the Waverley Auditorium and it is not accessible.

After a few days, the public will also have access to two indoor porta potties, with one being accessible . They will be located inside the Library on the lower level in the general vicinity of where the current family washroom is located. The porta potties will not be accessible from the exterior of the Library.

Please accept our apologies for the inconvenience as we work to transform our libraries into more modern community hubs.

 

This project is funded by the Government of Canada.

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All Library locations are wheelchair accessible.

Hours and locations for all Branches are here, as well as a map for your convenience.

Documents required under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act are available on request via email to comments@tbpl.ca, or by phone to Tina Tucker at 684-6813.

Thunder Bay Public Library offers a wide range of materials in alternate formats for customers with visual impairments and physical or learning disabilites. Specific materials, including large print, and audiobooks, can be found by searching in the library catalogue by format.  Information on electronic formats (e-audio, music, movies, etc.) may be found here.

Home Service

Patrons who qualify with visual, physical or other disabilities, may wish to have materials delivered to their place  of residence on an on-demand or monthly volunteer service. For more information please click through here.

 

Centre for Equitable Library Access (CELA)

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Thunder Bay Public Library is proud to be an access point for CELA, a National not-for-profit organization designed to assist public libraries in providing alternative formats for qualified patrons experiencing difficulties with reading print due to a visual, physical or learning disability. The collection is available in English and French and includes materials for both children and adults.  Materials can be delivered direct to home or through your local public library.

Access to the CELA collection is available only to persons with print disabilities, as defined by the Copyright Modernization Act; further informatin is available by contacting CELA at www.celalibrary.ca.  Library staff is available to help with registration or self registration is available at signup.celalibrary.ca.

To register for CELA services you will need the following:

1.A valid Thunder Bay Library Card

2. A registration for CELA services request.

3. All cardholders must complete the CELA registration.