Our Collections

1. Regional Collections

1.1 Alberta eBooks

A partnership of the Book Publishers Association of Alberta (BPAA) and Alberta Municipal Affairs’ Public Library Services Branch (PLSB) launched the Alberta eBooks Collection, with a copy of over 1,000 books coming to NNELS. The books are in PDF and EPUB formats, and come from 24 publishers.

1.2 Atlantic Canadian Collection

The Nova Scotia government, in partnership with members of the Atlantic Publishers Marketing Association, contributed 84 titles in accessible formats to the NNELS database, highlighting Atlantic Canadian authored and published books. The Atlantic Canadian collection includes a range of fiction and non-fiction for readers of all ages, including adventure stories, mysteries, classics, ghost stories, general histories, tales of pirates, ghosts and rogues, and much more. Added to NNELS in January 2017.

1.3 British Columbia Audiobook Collection

These 85 audiobooks were originally produced by Public Library InterLINK, some funded by the BC government's Libraries Branch. They were converted by NNELS from large-format reels in 2015 — more information about this collection is included in our April 2015 news release.

2. Reading Programs & Special Productions

2.1 CBC Canada Reads

Thanks to CBC's support since 2016, we have been able to release accessible formats simultaneously with the announcement of the program shortlist. For more information, please visit the CBC Canada Reads website.

2.2 First Nation Communities Read

First Nations Communities Read (FNCR) is is an annual reading program launched in 2003 by the First Nations public library community in Ontario. The program is designed to encourage family literacy, and promote the voices of indigenous authors, illustrators, and publishers. Learn more from the FNCR website.

2.3 Summer Reading Clubs (books for kids)

These collections of summer reading club titles are an excellent source of reading material for young readers.

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2.4 Truth and Reconciliation Commission Reports

The NNELS team produced all of the reports from Canada's Residential Schools, The Final Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (2015 and 2016) in accessible formats. For a full list of reports, please visit our TRC page.

2.5 CBC Massey Lectures

The Masseys are an annual five-part lecture series about a political, cultural or philosophical topic given in Canada by a noted scholar. They began in 1961 to honour Vincent Massey, the Governor General of Canada. Their purpose is to "enable distinguished authorities to communicate the results of original study on important subjects of contemporary interest." The lectures is co-sponsored by CBC Radio, House of Anansi Press and Massey College in the University of Toronto.

2.6 UBC Okanagan Recordings

Students enrolled in UBC Okanagan's Community Service Learning Program have an opportunity to record children's books for NNELS using recording facilities in the UBC Okanagan Library.

3. Literary Awards

About our Awards Collections

At every opportunity, we negotiate with awards committees for advance access to shortlists and award winners so that the books can be available in accessible formats on the same day (or as close to it as possible) that they are announced publicly. We appreciate the help and support of organizations like the Scotiabank Giller Prize, CBC Canada Reads, TD and BC Summer Reading Clubs, Governor General's Literary Awards, and, the Southern Ontario Library Service for giving us early access to their booklists.

Our collections generally include both winners and shortlisted titles, and, where possible, titles from the award long lists. A number of titles are not included in our collections because they are available commercially in accessible formats, and we are prohibited by the Copyright Act from producing these works. That said, when we are able to purchase rights to commercially available titles, we include them in our collections. For full lists of nominated or shortlisted titles, please visit the program websites included in each description below. Please contact us if you have any questions about these collections. Enjoy!

3.1 BC Book Prizes

The BC Book Prizes, established in 1985, celebrate the achievements of British Columbia writers and publishers. Seven awards are presented annually. For more information about the Prizes, please visit the BC Book Prizes website.

3.2 British Columbia's National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction

BC celebrates Canada's best! For more information, please visit the BC Achievement website.

3.3 Governor General's Literary Awards

Each year, the Canada Council for the Arts honours the best in Canadian literature with these awards. As Canada's national literary awards, the Governor General's Literary Awards represent the rich diversity of Canadian literature, with awards in both French and English for fiction, poetry, drama, non-fiction, children's literature (text and illustration), and translation. Thanks to a partnership with this program, NNELS receives advance notice of finalists and makes the winners available in accessible formats as quickly as possible. Learn more abotu the program at the GG Books website.

3.4 Griffin Poetry Prize

The annual Griffin Poetry Prize awards two prizes: a Canadian prize is given to a living poet resident in Canada, and an international prize is given to a living poet from any country in the world. NNELS production focuses on the Canadian titles. Learn more about the award from the Griffin Poetry Prize website.

3.5 Leacock Medal

The Leacock Medal for Humour is an annual award for Canadian humour writing. For more information about the award, please visit the Leacock Associates website.

3.6 Saskatchewan Book Awards

The Saskatchewan Book Awards (SBA) celebrate, promote, and reward Saskatchewan authors and publishers through 14 awards, granted on an annual or semi-annual basis. The province of Saskatchewan supports the production of SBA winners and nominees in accessible formats. Learn more about the award by visiting the Saskatchewan Book Awards website.

3.7 Scotiabank Giller Prize

This award recognizes excellence in Canadian fiction – long format or short stories — and is Canada's largest purse for a literary award. Thanks to a partnership with the Scotiabank Giller Prize, shortlisted titles are available in accessible formats from NNELS on the date they're announced nationally. Learn more about the program from the Scotiabank Giller Prize website.


(Updated 21 June, 2017)