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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

NFB of SC Scholarship
Written by Dianne Keadle   
Thursday, 19 January 2012 12:21

Attention Students: 

You can now apply for a NFB of SC scholarship by downloading the application from the NFB web site at

The deadline for applications is June 1 and the awards will be made at the August convention to be held in Spartanburg.

State Holiday Closing
Written by Dianne Keadle   
Wednesday, 11 January 2012 09:27

The Talking Book Services will be closed January 16th in observance of a state holiday.

TBS Holiday Closings
Written by Dianne Keadle   
Thursday, 08 December 2011 11:00

TBS will be closed from Friday, December 23 through Tuesday, December 27.  The library will reopen on Wednesday, December 28.

TBS will also be closed Monday, January 2 2012. The library will reopen on Tuesday, January 3.  

Mail does not go out from the library on days we are closed. Orders taken for books during to the holidays may also be slowed down due to holiday mail. Please keep these factors in mind when ordering.

Materials ordered on Thursday, December 22 or Friday, December 30 may not be sent from the library until we reopen after the holidays.

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