TBS Collections

Talking Book Services maintains an extensive collections of book and assistive devices for individuals with low vision. If you have any questions concerning the Talking Book Services collections, please email us at tbsbooks@statelibrary.sc.gov or call toll-free, 1-800-922-7818.

TBS Online Catalog

The TBS Online Catalog lets registered patrons search for books available directly from TBS. Patrons need a Username and Password to check out books through the catalog. Please contact the library for individual login information. No login is needed to browse only.


BARD: Braille and Audio Reading Download

Talking Books Services patrons can access BARD, our online downloading service. Limitied to registered TBS patrons already registered to use BARD.


NLS Voyager Catalog

Allows patrons to search the NLS catalog for Talking Books and Braille titles. Patrons cannot order books directly from the NLS catalog. Contact TBS for availability.


Online Braille Book Review and Talking Book Topics Catalogs

Patrons can search new and back issues of Braille Book Review and Talking Book Topics in online print version.


Assistive Devices

Assistive devices are available for in-house use at the State Library to aid readers who cannot use conventional text. These devices include:

  • Closed Circuit Television magnifies text up to 60 times its original size.
  • Zoomtext® magnifies computer screen images up to 16 times their original size.
  • JAWS® for Windows reads aloud information on a computer screen.
  • OpenBook® scans a printed page and reads the text aloud.
  • Adaptive Devices, including a larger, more easily-managed mouse; keyboard guards to guide hands in typing; touch screen computer monitor; and wheelchair accessible desks are available.
  • Optelec ClearReader + translates text to speech.
  • Perkins Brailler for use in library or temporary loan.

Braille

Braille is available to qualified patrons through interlibrary loan from a cooperating Braille library.


Described Videos

Described Videos are available for patrons who are blind or have low vision. A narrator describes action, characters, locations, costumes and sets without interfering with the dialogue or sound effects. TBS has DVDs available, and Described Video lists are available by request.


Large Print Books

More than 18,000 titles, including popular fiction and non-fiction, are available in Large Print. Large Print lists are available by request.


Magazines

A variety of popular magazine subscriptions are available at no charge to eligible patrons. Magazines are available in large print, digital formats, and as BARD downloads.


Recorded Books

Over 70,000 recorded general fiction and non-fiction books are offered. Books are available for adults, young adults and children. Textbooks are not available from Talking Book Services (TBS). Talking Book Services provides, for free, the loan of specialized playback equipment designed for use by blind, visually impaired, and other readers with qualifying disabilities.


TBS Online Catalog

The TBS Online Catalog lets TBS patrons search for books. Patrons can look up books by title, author, or subject. Registered patrons need a Username and Password to check out books through the catalog. Please contact the library for individual login information. No login is needed to browse only.