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


In August 2004, the Bibliothèque nationale du Québec entered into agreements with the Institut Nazareth et Louis-Braille (INLB) and La Magnétothèque, thereby giving shape to the project for the one-stop dissemination of adapted books in Québec.

With the opening of the Grande Bibliothèque in spring 2005, the Bibliothèque nationale du Québec (BNQ), now Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec (BAnQ), began offering an adapted book service for persons with with perceptual disabilities, taking over the Service québécois du livre adapté ( SQLA) formerly offered by the INLB and La Magnétothèque .

BAnQ's Service québécois de livre adapté provides perceptually impaired users with collections and services geared to their needs in information, education, culture, research and recreation.

At the SQLA, perceptually impaired users, adults and young people alike, have access to a collection of documents specifically for them: braille books and magazines, sound recordings and adapted digital documents. In the library, they can also take advantage of the other collections and services, accessible to all, particularly the large print books, the vast collection of music CDs and the language laboratory. BAnQ is developing a collection of French-language adapted books and plans to arrange access to an English-language collection by means of collaboration agreements.

In a cultural environment adapted to persons with visual or other impairments that is user-friendly, openly accessible and free of charge, SQLA users can also attend lectures, as well as educational and other activities of interest to them. Because BAnQ is both a virtual and a physical library, SQLA users have remote access to the library's varied collections and services. A specific SQLA portal on BAnQ Internet portal provides online access to the catalogue and electronic resources of BAnQ. SQLA users can be served in the library; by phone, over a 1-800 line; and by e-mail.

The qualified staff of the SQLA, supported by BAnQ's thematically specialized teams, provides reference assistance and reading advice concerning the Québec heritage collection, for instance, or fields such as the economy and business.

The SQLA continues to provide the heavily-used mail lending service for adapted documents, which makes it possible to reach all SQLA subscribers in Québec. The usual document reservation service is available, and customized profiles ensure better service for all subscribers.

With BAnQ assumption of responsibility for the SQLA, users have note d the following marked improvements:

Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec (BAnQ) is proud to offer an improved adapted document service, integrating the new technologies and tailored to the needs of users with perceptual disabilities. BAnQ stays in touch with their needs and works closely with community organizations, particularly its partners — the INLB and La Magnétothèque. A steering committee with representatives of the three institutions —  BAnQ, the INLB and La Magnétothèque — ensures the harmonious integration of the SQLA at the Grande Bibliothèque and sees that the required links between BAnQ and Québec book producers are established. The INLB is a recognized producer of braille books, and La Magnétothèque is a unique source of sound recordings in French.

BAnQ is pleased to welcome the SQLA and to serve its current and future users.

For more information, contact the chief of the Service aux personnes handicapées, André Vincent.