Resources for Seniors

We are pleases to serve the intellectual, recreational, and cultural needs of our seniors through our collections, programs and services.


Available to all library users, collections of potential interest to seniors include material on retirement, finances, health & wellness, nutrition, leisure activities, arts, and consumer issues.

Our collection includes material about:

  • Large Print books in both fiction and non-fiction.  Many bestsellers are also available in Large Print format.
  • Audiobooks in both fiction and non-fiction. Audiobooks are available in CD, MP3 and digital formats (eAudiobooks) and include abridged (condensed) and unabridged (complete) titles.
  • A large selection of downloadable eBooks, eAudiobooks and eVideos which you can read, watch or listen to on your computer, tablet or other portable device. Visit our downloads page for more information.

Discover new large print or audio titles being added to our collection. Share your love of books with other readings by joining one of our book clubs and our annual Markham Reads program.

We offer access to the Centre for Equitable Library Access (CELA) collection for people with difficult reading print due to a visual, physical or learning disability. The collection contains more than 500,000 items in accessible formats including:

  • Books and magazines in audio, eText and braille
  • More than 50 community, national and international newspapers
  • Children’s picture books with added Braille
  • Canadian content for all ages and interests

CELA collections may be read online, downloaded to a computer or DAISY player or mailed directly to your home. Eligible MPL members can register by calling their local branch.


All branches have computers with free Internet access. We also offer free introductory classes on computer or Internet skills. Contact your local branch to register.

Seniors 65+ receive a 30% discount on all paid-programs offered by MPL. For assistance in registering please call the Contact Centre at 905-475-4731 during regular business hours.

Assistive Technology

The Kurzweil 3000 is a computer that can display text in large print and uses a synthesized voice to read aloud. It can scan your document (letter, book or newspaper) and read it aloud while displaying the text in large print on the computer screen. The Kurzweil can also read web pages including emails and comes loaded with more than 1800 classic books. Kurzweil stations are located at Angus Glen Branch, Markham Village Branch, and Thornhill Community Centre Branch.

Research and Articles

Find newspapers, journal articles and customer information with our reliable online resources. If you are accessing the online databases from home you will need your library card and PIN. Some databases popular among seniors:

  • Ancestry Library Edition. A genealogical collection for Canada, USA, and UK. It includes these records: census, vital, church, court, voter, immigration. It is available only when you are in the library.
  • Consumer Reports. Current evaluations of home appliances, technology, cars, household, and personal item.
  • OverDrive. Large collections of eAudiobooks for download.
  • PressReader. Unlimited access to more than 500 newspaper and magazine titles. It covers more than 100 countries and 60 languages.
  • Tumble AudioBookCloud. A collection of streaming audiobooks. You need an Internet connection to listen to them.