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SQLA: Service québécois du livre adapté - Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec.

The Service québécois du livre adapté

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The Service québécois du livre adapté (SQLA) is offered by Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec (BAnQ) to all Quebecers with perceptual disabilities. The SQLA was transferred to the BAnQ under an agreement entered into in August 2004 between the Bibliothèque nationale du Québec, the Institut Nazareth et Louis-Braille (INLB) and La Magnétothèque.

A long history

The library of the INLB was founded in 1911. It contains a French-language collection in braille, to which an audio collection was added in 1969. The French-language audio cassettes of the Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB) have been integrated into the collection since 1995.

La Magnétothèque was created in 1976. It offers an imposing French-language collection of books, journals and magazines recorded on four-track cassettes.

Single-window service

In June 1998, the INLB and La Magnétothèque signed a partnership agreement in order to set up a unified library service. That service, now known under the name Service québécois du livre adapté (SQLA), opened in November 2001. The single-window service is the result of a long process of collaboration between the ministère de la Culture et des Communications, the Regroupement des aveugles et des amblyopes du Québec (RAAQ) and the Association québécoise des parents d'enfants handicapés visuels (AQPEV).

From 2001 to March 2005, the single-window adapted book service for persons with perceptual disabilities answered 250,000 requests from 6,500 registered users.

In April 2005, the SQLA was integrated into the services offered by the BNQ. SQLA subscribers have the option of in-library service or a free postal mail service.