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.

Numbers & Narratives


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10 narrators volunteered to complete 16 books in calendar year 2019.
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9 narrators volunteered to complete 19 books in SCSL FY 2018-2019.
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10 narrators volunteered to complete 20 books in NLS FY 2018-2019.
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A total of 104 books have been recorded since 2015 by 17 volunteer narrators for SCSLTBS, a regional library of the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled.


Narrator C. Hope Clark

C. Hope Clark"I miss the weeks I can’t step inside that sound-proof booth, sink into a story, and record. It’s more than a habit. It’s therapy. Initially, volunteering as a narrator for the Talking Book Services was more about my being an author and making my own books available via another venue to readers, but once a year of volunteering turned into three, I realized I’d been sucked more into the giving aspect. It is no longer about me. And to be frank, the program is giving back to me more than I ever gave to it."

C. Hope Clark is the author of the book with the most in-house circulations by SCSLTBS patrons in 2019: Palmetto Poison: A Carolina Slade Mystery, Book 3.

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Let's Celebrate Art 2021

It is now time to enter the 2021 SCSL Talking Book Services art competition!

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.

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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.