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  • The BARD Mobile apps for Android and iOS devices allow you to enjoy your personal library everywhere you go.

  • Talking Book Service is provided to anyone who is blind, visually impaired, or has physical disabilities preventing the reading of standard print.

  • If you read braille, ask your reader advisor to sign you up for braille service. You can find titles in the online catalog. If you have a refreshable braille display, consider also signing up for Braille and Audio Reading Download (BARD) to access the Web-Braille collection.

  • The rechargeable talking book players can be used anywhere you want to listen to a book. They are lighter and easier to use. There is nothing quite like listening to a book on your warm, sunny deck.

  • Talking books are now available in digital cartridge form and mailed to you in a blue plastic case via "free matter for the blind or physically handicapped". The new digital players are portable and easy to use.

The National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS) and the Illinois State Library's Talking Book and Braille Service (TBBS) strive to ensure that all may read by providing eligible patrons access to NLS materials regardless of age, economic circumstances, or technical expertise.

Travel the World

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Travel the world with our latest reading list! Plan your next vacation with accessible travel tips from experts, explore exotic lands and cultures vicariously, or get lost in some bestselling adventure fiction! Anything is possible with our selected books, featuring historical journeys, humorous travelogues, and more!


Turn Right at Machu Picchu: Rediscovering the Lost City One Step at a Time

Mark Adams

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Imaginary Boy

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We're proud to announce that "Imaginary Boy," written by TBBS staff member Mark Eldrich, is now available to talking book patrons! 

"Imaginary Boy" has won several awards, including the Independent Publisher Book Award for Juvenile Fiction (2016) and the Gelett Burgess Children's Book Award (2015). Mark's book was also nominated for the Schneider Family Book Award and the Cybils Award, and was a #1 Amazon international bestseller in children’s special needs books.

The New Yorker

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The New Yorker is now available to patrons by subscription through the Magazine on Cartridge (MOC) program. The magazine publishes forty-seven issues per year. Call a reader advisor today to start your subscription!

High-Volume Players and Headsets

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NLS has developed a high-volume player (HVP) for use by patrons who are hearing impaired. The HVP is available as a standard or advanced model that has been programmed to have an amplified volume up to 120 dB. It can be issued only by NLS and bears a warning label as it will damage regular hearing levels. The high-volume feature only works with the set of stereo headphones that NLS provides.

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