Application Information

Application Information

To obtain services, individuals and institutions must submit an application form. The form must be must be submitted with the signature of a certifying authority. We only accept fully completed mailed, faxed or scanned applications. Certifying authorities include- but are not limited to- medical doctors, optometrists, registered nurses, rehabilitation teachers, or licensed social workers. Applicants with reading disabilities must submit certification by a medical doctor only. Applications may also be obtained from local public libraries or by calling the South Carolina State Library at 1-800-922-7818 or 803-734-4611 (in Columbia). We contact applicants when completed applications are received.


Loan Policies

These policies govern the circulation of Talking Book Services materials and equipment. Registered readers accept responsibility for using materials with reasonable care and for returning them to the library. Borrowers may return materials through mailing and are expected to use the same mailing containers in which books and cassette players were mailed. Pre-addressed postage-free mailing labels are provided. Registered readers must notify the library when there is a change of address or phone numbers, a desire to cancel or suspend service, or a need to transfer service to another state. Borrowers may not lend library materials or equipment to other persons. Only South Carolinians who are unable to use standard printed materials as a result of temporary or permanent visual or physical limitations are eligible for services.

The loan period for recorded and large print materials is 30 days. Items may be renewed once. Patrons are encouraged to return materials on time. No late fees are imposed.

Digital Players

Digital players are loaned to eligible borrowers using the recorded collection of the South Carolina State Library. Individuals are assigned one player. When readers are not borrowing from the recorded collection, equipment (working or non-working) must be returned and is recalled. Institutions are eligible for a limited number of players, and are encouraged to contact Talking Books regarding our institutional policies.

Digital Books

The maximum number of digital books that may be checked out is 15. The loan period is four weeks. No overdue fines are imposed. Overdue notices are sent. Renewals may be requested once. Those patrons not in good standing are subject to limitations imposed at the discretion of the Director of Talking Book Services.

Large print books

Because copies are limited and the loss/non-return rate is extremely high, the number of large print books that may be charged to an individual at any one time is at the discretion of the Director of Talking Book Services. For this same reason, large print books are not available for loan to those incarcerated in correctional facilities. Borrowers are urged to observe the loan period to ensure that large print titles are available for other readers. The loan period is four weeks. No overdue fines are imposed. Overdue notices are sent. Renewals may be requested.

Described videos

Institutions, agencies, organizations, or persons who are not blind or visually impaired may not borrow described movies. Persons incarcerated in correctional facilities may not borrow described movies. Only registered blind and visually impaired persons who are actively using the recorded collection of the library may borrow videos. A maximum of two Descriptive DVDs may be checked out to an individual patron at one time. A parent must complete, sign and return a statement of responsibility for borrowers ages 17 or younger. Video borrowing privileges may be revoked, at the discretion of the Director of Talking Book Services, for patrons who establish a pattern of repeated loss or damage to videos in the library's collection.

Videos are loaned for one week from the day they arrive at the home of the borrower.


Placing an Order

Registered readers of the South Carolina State Library's Talking Book Services may place an order for talking books, large print titles, Braille books, or descriptive videos by phone, mail, fax, email or via our online catalog.

  • Phone: Call 1-800-922-7818 or (803) 734-4611. Deaf or hard-of-hearing citizens may contact the South Carolina State Library by using Relay S.C. Dial 711 followed by 734-4611. Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, closed holidays. After hours, callers may leave messages. Callers with long title request lists should call during business hours.
  • Mail Book Requests to: South Carolina State Library, Talking Book Services, 1500 Senate Street, Columbia, SC 29201
  • Fax Requests to: (803) 734-4610
  • Email Book Orders to: TBSBooks@statelibrary.sc.gov
  • Log on to the Online Catalog: Please call the library at 1-800-922-7818 or (803) 734-4611 or send us an email at TBSBooks@statelibrary.sc.gov for a user ID and password.

Help us serve you better. When sending an order by mail, fax or email, or when leaving a message, please include the following information:

  • First and last name with spelling.
  • Address. (If there is more than one patron with the same name, the address will allow your request to be processed.)
  • When ordering for someone else, provide that person's name and address. Please include your name and phone number as well.

Home Delivery of Materials

Books and materials are mailed as "Free Matter for the Blind and Handicapped" through the U.S. Postal Service and may be returned to the library the same way. No postage is necessary.