- Written by Rebecca Raven, CEO Brampton Library
Recently I read an article in The Globe and Mail about the central place the Library occupies in the lives of so many Canadians. Here are a few sentences from that article, Central Libraries Turn the Page, by Daina Lawrence:
“It’s this recognition of libraries as a public service and their ability to attract all walks of life that have resurrected their relevance to today’s cities… with the introduction of the internet, an interesting thing started to happen in libraries. No longer simply a building that housed books, libraries around the world reimagined their roles and became early adopters of technology.”
We want everyone in our community to view our Brampton Library branches as respectful and caring places to learn and grow, or simply take a break from their busy everyday lives.
We recognize the importance of being welcoming public spaces for our diverse community and the multitude of differently abled residents who use our services. Accessibility in our branches and online are key components to the excellent public service we strive to provide every day.
At Brampton Library, we are committed to accessible spaces and services for all. We promote an inclusive, respectful and caring environment where library programs, services and facilities are available to everyone, including everyone in our community.
All of our branches are compliant with current requirements found in the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). Our branches offer many accessibility features, including:
- Daisy readers to enable access to borrowing for the visually challenged
- MagnusCards, a location-specific app designed for those with cognitive challenges or on the Autism spectrum
- Accessible computer stations with Zoomtext and screen reader software
- Our Visiting Library Service, for those who are homebound or have mobility challenges
We are very excited about the new downtown City Library, which is anticipated to open in 2020. This facility will meet enhanced AODA requirements, including power door operators, amended mounting height and location requirements for accessories, and the addition of adult change tables.
We strive to ensure that across our system of seven branches, Brampton Library achieves the highest accessibility standard possible, but we know this can’t happen overnight. We have a Multi-Year Accessibility Plan (MYAP) which outlines how we will continue to work to increase and improve accessibility at our locations, over the next five years. Through the plan, we support the province’s goal of becoming barrier-free by 2025.
Brampton Library welcomes you to come in and feel at home. We are proud of the work we do to address the diverse needs of our community, and we look forward to continuing to advance this important effort into the future.