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There's More than One Way to Read a Book


BARD Mobile is an app that allows registered Talking Books Services patrons to download audio and Braille books to their personal mobile iOS devices- iPods, iPads, and iPhones. BARD Mobile will operate on an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with iOS version 4.3 or later. This includes the iPhone 3GS and all later iPhones, all iPads, and fourth generation or later iPod touches. Connectivity to a wireless carrier or a Wi-Fi provider is required to download material from BARD.

Use of BARD Mobile is restricted to eligible TBS patrons who have a BARD account. If you are not currently a patron of Talking Books Services, please read about the TBS eligibility requirements and learn about signing up for service.

For current patrons interested in using BARD and BARD Mobile, visit the BARD website. If you are not registered to use BARD yet, click on the BARD Application instructions link, and then the Link to BARD Application for Individuals. Fill out the application and submit it. You will receive an email verifying your acceptance and a temporary password to log in to BARD.

For Braille users: If you want to read Braille books with BARD Mobile, you'll need a Braille display. Be sure to read Section 7 of the user guide, as it explains how to configure your display and provides keystrokes that make reading Braille a smooth experience.

For more detailed information on using BARD Mobile visit the User Guide provided by the National Library Service.

To get the free BARD Mobile app, go to the iTunes app store.

Talking Books News

Government Shutdown Disrupts Services to Talking Book Services Patrons
Written by Curtis Rogers   
Tuesday, 01 October 2013 07:47

Due to the temporary shutdown of the federal government, beginning Tuesday, October 1, all Library of Congress and National Library Service (NLS) for the blind and physically handicapped will be unavailable.

The South Carolina State Library’s Talking Book Services library will continue to take calls and send materials to patrons; however, any online services provided by the NLS will be unavailable.

For more information about Talking Book Services, please visit

Talking Book Services Student Art Gallery Reception and Awards
Written by Curtis Rogers   
Monday, 06 May 2013 10:58

The public is invited to a reception and awards ceremony for the unveiling of the 2013 art installation at the South Carolina State Library’s Talking Book Services Art Gallery.

May 16, 2013
11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
1500 Senate Street
Columbia, SC 29201
Please respond by May 13 to
Sandy Knowles at 803-734-4611 or
1-800-922-7818 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

The South Carolina State Library’s Talking Book Services Art Gallery features artwork from students who are blind, visually impaired and physically handicapped from around the state of South Carolina. 

Gallery and library hours:
Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

For more details, please contact Sandy Knowles, Director of Talking Book Services at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 803-734-4611. 

Postal Delivery Problems
Written by Dianne Keadle   
Thursday, 28 February 2013 11:29

This week Talking Books Services patrons have been experiencing delays in their book deliveries. We are aware of the issue and apologize for any problems these delays have caused. We are currently working with the postal service to remedy the situation.

Thank you for your patience at this time.

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