Talking Book Services

South Carolina Talking Book Services is a free braille and talking book library service for people with temporary or permanent low vision, blindness, or a physical disability that prevents them from reading or holding the printed page.

Digital Books and Friends' Book Club

The South Carolina State Library’s Talking Book Services is pleased to announce upcoming dates for our Digital Books and Friends’ Book Club - a book club for our audio readers.

Current Selection

A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving book cover
December 17, 2021
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

A Prayer for Owen Meany

by John Irving

When he was eleven years old, Owen Meany hit a foul ball that struck and killed the mother of his best pal, Johnny Wheelwright, the story’s narrator. Thereafter, Owen believes himself to be an instrument of God. What happens to the two pals after that accident is extraordinary and terrifying. Some strong language and some descriptions of sex.

2021 First Place Aliyah's Bride, Aliyah Z.

Let's Celebrate Art 2022

During the months of April and May each year, the South Carolina State Library Talking Book Services Department offers a fine arts creative outlet for blind and visually impaired students in our state.

It is now time to enter the 2022 SCSL Talking Book Services art competition. Any visually impaired/blind child or young adult still in school may enter.

Contest Details   

Volunteer Opportunities

Our volunteers play a vital role in helping us provide quality library services to South Carolina citizens who have difficulty using standard printed materials due to qualifying visual or physical conditions. Volunteer opportunities include:

  • Recording & Reviewing
  • Community Outreach
  • Book Collection


Latest News

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NLS Aspiring Leaders Internship Program

The National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled (NLS), supported by the National Library for the Blind Endowment, has launched a paid internship that offers legally blind individuals the opportunity to gain work career experience and explore career options working in the areas of collections building, program delivery, and business oversight and management. Application details can be found at

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SC State Library's Talking Book Services Announces New Duplication on Demand Service

The South Carolina State Library's Talking Book Services (TBS) Program is now serving patrons with an innovative new service called Duplication on Demand (DoD). DoD allows patrons to receive almost any book available on BARD (Braille and Audio Reading Download). When patrons order books or automatic selection orders books for patrons, they are recorded on a cartridge and sent out within a few days. There's no waiting for other patrons to return a copy; all downloadable books are always available.

Kraken Attack artwork by Travis Kitchen
2020 TBS Art Gallery

 Congratulations to the winners of the 2020 Talking Book Services Art Gallery Competition. This week we honored them with an awards ceremony showcasing their art. The competition ordinarily culminates in the spring before the end of the school year. However, the COVID-19 shutdown forced us to postpone the event. The virtual ceremony included a photo and a description of each piece. SCSL Director Leesa Aiken awarded the State Librarian award to Travis Kitchen for his three-dimensional work entitled "Kracken Attack" (pictured here). Congratulations to all of our award winners.