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Texas Talking Book Program!

Library services for blind and physically
disabled Texans

Providing free library service to Texans of all ages who are unable to read standard print material due to visual, physical, or reading disabilities-whether permanent or temporary.

Our books are available on digital cartridge, Braille, large print, and cassette, and we loan playback equipment to be used with TBP materials. Our materials can also be downloaded from the Web via BARD by registered readers. And best of all, books are delivered right to your door. All of the items are sent and returned through the mail free of charge. The program offers more than 80,000 titles in fiction and nonfiction, plus 80 national magazines for adults and children.

Hours: 8am-12pm and 1pm-5pm Monday-Friday
1-800-252-9605 Toll-free in Texas,
512-463-5458 or in Austin

E-mail: tbp.services@tsl.texas.gov

TBP Blog: https://www.tsl.texas.gov/texastalkingbooks/
To access the toll-free information line: 1-866-388-6397

Texas Talking Books will be closed on the following holidays:

Thursday, Friday and Saturday, November 26-28 – Thanksgiving Holiday

Thursday, Friday and Saturday, December 24-26 – Christmas Holiday

Thursday, Friday and Saturday, December 31, 2015-January 2, 2016 – New Year’s

 Of course, you can always leave a message if you call after hours or on a holiday or email us at tbp.services@tsl.texas.gov



BARD Mobile app for Android

The long awaited BARD Mobile app for Android is finally here!  BARD Mobile is now available in the Google Play store. BARD Mobile enables NLS patrons to download and listen to audiobooks and magazines directly from their Android devices.  Registered Texas Talking Book patrons will need a BARD account and a device running Android OS 4.1 or later in order to use the new app.


Talking Book Program Book Club!

Talking Book Club logo

The Talking Book Program will host a “phone in” book club on
 Tuesday, January 26st
7:00-8:00 p.m. Central
to discuss Midnight Plan of the Repo Man by W. Bruce Cameron

Former college football star Ruddy McCann has become a repo man, bar bouncer, and car thief. One day Ruddy hears the voice of a dead realtor in his head demanding help in finding his murderers. But soon the voice begins demanding Ruddy clean up his act--and his apartment. Some strong language. 2014. DB 80722.

Please contact a Reader's Advisory Librarian at 1-800-252-9605 or by email at tbp.ral@tsl.texas.gov by January 5th to RSVP for the discussion.

Book Club schedule


 See TSLAC agency-wide news page Here

DTBM Software Upgrade

DTBM software revision 2.1.7 is being added to digital-book cartridges by book producers. It is anticipated that network libraries will begin to see this software included on titles shipped in early December 2011.

When a book with the new software is inserted into a player that has not yet been upgraded it will announce, “Updating your player’s software; please do not power off your player or remove the cartridge from the player.” There will be a series of beeps while the machine is updating. The upgrade takes only about a minute or less. When the update is complete, the machine announces, "Software upgrade completed; stand by while your player is restarted.”

Please do not remove the cartridge while it is updating the player’s software.

You can also download the upgrade from NLS at

Updates on Application Process and Veterans

The Talking Book Program application now includes an Applicant Agreement. This agreement must be signed, or application processing will be delayed.

Also, by law, the Talking Book Program gives priority service to veterans of the United States armed forces who have received honorable discharges from military service. Documentation that verifies a veteran's status, such as a copy of the DD-214 form, must be submitted with the application.
Link to request a copy of DD214


Getting Started with the Talking Book Program

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Other Materials Available through the Talking Book Program

  • Magazines
    The Talking Book Program provides magazines for adults and children via digital download, on digital cartridge, and in Braille.
  • Spotlight on Texas Books
    Text of quarterly audio magazine that lists Texas fiction and nonfiction titles recently recorded by the Volunteer Recording Program of the Talking Book Program.


  • Bibliographies
    List of sources, plays, and bibliographic information on interests on authors, subjects and titles.

National Library Service for the Blind & Physically Handicapped (NLS)

Information for Librarians/Educators

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Disability Information & Referral Center (DIRC)

Get Involved

Contact Us

Talking Book Program
Texas State Library & Archives Commission
PO Box 12927
Austin TX 78711-2927
Hours: 8am-5pm Monday-Friday
Toll free in Texas 1-800-252-9605
In Austin 512-463-5458
Fax 512-936-0685
Email tbp.services@tsl.texas.gov

Website Changes

To give your comments and input please contact webmaster@tsl.texas.gov.

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Page last modified: November 25, 2015