Library Closure

In alignment with AHS recommendations, Big Valley Library is CLOSED until further notice to help combat the spread of COVID-19. 

If you have materials on loan, please keep them until we re-open. If you need to return them to the library please call ahead and let us know during library hours. Overdue fines will not be charged.

We are available via phone (403-876-2642) or email to help you sign up for a library card and access eResources. We are offering curbside pickup and drop off of items from our collection. Checked out items can be renewed online by logging into your account using your library card barcode and pin. 

Thank you for your patience and understanding during this time. 


National Network for Equitable Library Service (NNELS)

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Borrow titles from an online collection of accessible formats for patrons with perceptual disabilities.

The National Network for Equitable Library Services (NNELS) provides access to a growing collection of downloadable books in accessible formats for readers with print disabilities. It is a service provided by the provincial and territorial governments of Alberta, BC, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Nova Scotia, Northwest Territories, Nunavut and the Yukon, with the BC Libraries Cooperative as the service provider.

At present there are approximately 12,000 titles in the collection with more being added steadily, thanks to requests from libraries and readers. Most NNELS books are in DAISY audio format, though there are also some PDF, MP3, e-Braille and e-text titles. NNELS audio content is a combination of live narration and synthetic voice.

Using NNELS

1. Contact your local library to obtain a library card (if you do not already have one) and ask library staff to ensure you have the correct patron type added to your record, which is "PDO"
2. Follow the link to the NNELS website and click on the "Sign up" button at the top of the page.
3. Search for your local library (simply entering your city/town is an easy way to locate your local library).
4. Click on the link that says “If this is your local library, click here to log in with a valid library card from this branch.”
5. Enter your library card number and PIN.  If you do not know your pin or inf you have any problems logging in, contact your local library.

The BC Libraries Cooperative has created a video demonstrating the sign up process.

You can also watch a video demonstrating how to find and download open access books from nnels.ca.