Veterans: Talking Book Program Brings the Joy of Reading to Those Who Have Served

Texas State Library and Archives Commission
Austin, TX

A photograph of two women using a black talking book reader, one wearing civilian clothes and one wearing military fatiguesAs we continue to honor the brave women and men who have served our country, the Texas Talking Book Program (TBP) gives them priority service to its free library program. Veterans who have been honorably discharged for the military who are blind or have low vision, physical or reading disability and cannot read standard print books and magazines can become patrons of the Talking Book Program.

Veterans have preference in the lending of materials and equipment. TBP patrons can choose where their service is delivered by mail, downloaded from the Braille and Audio Reading Download (BARD) or through the free app, called BARD Mobile, available on Android or iOS.

Veteran patrons can choose from a huge collection of titles from the best sellers to the classics. Dan, a veteran and patron since 2004, said, “When I run across other veterans who are curious about what I’m doing, I usually take the time to show them the BARD Mobile app. Most veterans haven’t been exposed to having a disability for very long, so they’re very curious. And the app gives them an opportunity to be able to enjoy books, to access the content that they may be missing.”

For more information about TBP, call toll free 1-800-252-9605 or 512-463-5458 in Austin. Visit or email to learn more.


The Texas State Library and Archives Commission provides Texans access to the information they need to be informed, productive citizens by preserving the archival record of Texas; enhancing the service capacity of public, academic and school libraries; assisting public agencies in the maintenance of their records; and meeting the reading needs of Texans with disabilities. For more information, visit

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Susan Floyd
Communications Officer
Page last modified: November 13, 2019