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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.

Upcoming BARD Maintenance

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BARD is back up and running!

However, BARD maintenance is scheduled from 5pm Friday, July 29th, through 8am Monday, August 1st. BARD will not be accessible during that time, so be sure to download plenty of books before that weekend. The outage will not affect books that have already been downloaded to your device.

Thank you for your patience!

Love through the Centuries

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Explore classic tales of romance with our Love through the Centuries book list, created by ITBOC clerical assistant and avid reader Grace Tucker! Discover (or rediscover) some of the most memorable characters in literature as they experience the timeless troubles and triumphs that afflict the human heart.

Little Women

Louisa May Alcott 

DB018128, BR001038

Shark Week!

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Enjoy our short list for Shark Week, if you dare!


Peter Benchley


A great white shark terrorizes the resort town of Amity, Long Island. Police chief Martin Brody and oceanographer Matt Hooper hunt the killer fish while Brody's wife lures Hooper for herself. Basis for the 1970s film. Includes 2005 introduction. 1974.

Bestseller, Adventure, Mystery

Close to Shore: A True Story of Terror in an Age of Innocence

Mike Capuzzo



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