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Translation – Explanation and Caution

The electronic translation service on Surrey Libraries' website is hosted by Google Translate. The quality of the translation may vary in some of the languages offered by Google. The goal of the basic translation is to capture the general intention of the original English material.

Surrey Libraries cannot guarantee the quality, accuracy, or completeness of any translated information.  Before you act on translated information, we encourage you to confirm any facts that are important to you and the decisions you make.

The City of Surrey offers interpretation services at all its facilities. If you have a question about the material you read on the Surrey Libraries website, we encourage you to contact Surrey Libraries to discuss it.  You can also contact the City of Surrey at 604-591-4011 to receive interpretation support.

Chinese, Korean, Punjabi, Tagalog, Hindi

READ-Ability Materials

Audiobook Service

Patrons who are unable to read print due to a visual, learning or physical disability are eligible to access an extensive collection of  audiobooks recorded on CD, MP3 CD, and DAISY CD. Audiobooks can be picked up from a local branch, READ-Ability Services (located at City Centre Library) or delivered by the Home Delivery Service.

CELA (Centre for Equitable Library Access) Collection
CELA offers a collection of over 230,000 books, magazines, newspapers and described videos in a choice of formats for people with a print disability. To register please go to or call 604-598-7399.

Other Materials

Patrons that qualify for READ-Ability Services may also borrow large and regular print books, magazines, DVDs, music CDs, eBooks, downloadable audiobooks and eReaders. Choose from the library collection or have READ-Ability staff select items based on your personal profile.

Assistive Technology

Assistive technology workstations are available at City Centre Library and Guildford Library. Each station is equipped with an adjustable desk to accommodate wheelchairs. Semiahmoo Library offers some assistive technology.  Please call ahead to inquire and book an appointment.

Applications and hardware include:

  • JAWS Screen Reading Software — reads aloud what is written on the screen.
  • Kurzweil 3000 Optical Character Recognition Software — print materials can be scanned, displayed, and read aloud (City Centre & Guildford only)
  • ZoomText Magnifier/Reader — enlarges and reads aloud everything on the screen.
  • Large print keyboards
  • Touch Screen Monitor (City Centre only)

Enhanced Vision Station
Magnifies print up to 70 times. Available at City Centre and Semiahmoo Libraries.

Daisy Players
Available for 3 month loan by READ-Ability patrons with print disabilities (visual, learning or physical disability).

Surrey Libraries acknowledges support for this project from the Hamber Foundation and the Province of British Columbia, Libraries and Literacy Services.