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John Dolan Resource Centre


New Online Library Service

The SACL is proud to announce a new service through its John Dolan Resource Centre. The Online Public Access Catalogue (OPAC) will allow patrons to search the extensive library holdings and place orders for materials, all online.

To access OPAC, you must become an online patron. Contact the Resource Centre librarian to receive your user name and password. Contact: Lalita Martfeld by phone (306) 955-3344, Extension 20 or by email. Once you have your unique access information, go to

The Association recognizes the generous sponsorship of this new service by the Provincial Training Committee (PTC), made up of the following partners:

The PTC promotes competent, qualified, and valued support providers and individuals with disabilities. It is committed to working together to develop and deliver services and support based on full citizenship and participation in the community.

This library is one of Canada's most extensive lending libraries of its kind open to not only its own members, but to the general public. The collection features resources on intellectual and other disabilities, inclusion and all aspects of community living. More than 5,000 items including books, reports, video and audio materials, journals, training kits, and information packages are available. A vast range of information is offered, from archival materials to the most current resources available including SACL-published materials.

A full-time librarian is on hand to assist patrons, and the Centre (housed at the SACL head office in Saskatoon) has developed an excellent reputation. Educators, students at all levels, various professionals, families, volunteers and human services staff are regular patrons. There is a constant and growing need for the most up-to-date resources and for more resources accessible to people with limited literacy skills.

The Resource Centre loans most materials free of charge. Some borrowing fees apply to specific materials, and some are only available for in-house viewing. As much advance notice as possible is requested; return is expected promptly to avoid delays for other patrons. For borrowing information, contact the Resource Centre librarian at (306) 955-3344, fax (306) 373-3070 or email: [email protected].

About Dr. John Dolan, 1915-1991 
The Resource Centre is named in honour of one of the founding parents of the Association.
John Dolan received an Honourary Doctor of Laws degree from the University of Saskatchewan for his lifetime of work for people with intellectual disabilities. Dolan began his work in the mid-1950's when he and his wife Lena, after adopting a child, Norma, who had a disability, called together parents to develop services and create better acceptance of their children with disabilities. Dr. Dolan served as executive director of the Association from 1969-1981, and maintained his interest and connections to the Association long after his retirement.



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