Bookshare now available through the CNIB Library

Canadian students with a print disability can now sign up for a free one-year subscription to Bookshare, an accessible online library!

Bookshare provides access to over 120,000 titles, including:

-   Titles from academic presses such as the University of British Columbia, Ottawa University and Cambridge University

-   Open Educational Resources

-   Primary source material including reports from organizations like the IMF and World Bank

-   New York Times bestsellers, novels, mysteries, science fiction, nonfiction, foreign-language books, and more!

Titles can be downloaded in DAISY Text, DAISY Audio, MP3, or Braille Ready Format and enjoyed on a wide variety of tools, including online readers provided free to Bookshare members (Note: DAISY Audio and MP3 books from Bookshare are in synthetic speech, not human narration).

Here's what a recent subscriber had to say about the service:

"I am very pleased that I joined Bookshare. I checked Bookshare the first day I heard about Chris Hadfield's new book, and there it was. I have now downloaded books by many favourite Canadian authors including Wayne Johnston, Wayne Grady, and Terry Fallis. I have also downloaded a number of very current technical books that I use in my work."

How to sign up

To sign up students must complete Bookshare’s membership form and submit proof of disability. If they are not a CNIB client they must first fill out the CNIB self-registration form (public library required).  

For all the details please consult our Bookshare page:  and follow the steps there to sign up.

Subscriptions through the CNIB Library are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis, so encourage your students to sign up for Bookshare today!


Rachel Breau

Partners Program Lead

CNIB Library

T: 416-486-2500 x7702 or 1-800-563-2642 x7055