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Pierre, SD 57501

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Braille & Talking Book Program

Access Catalogs:

WebOPAC is an internet based online catalog and ordering site. You must have an internet connection. Anyone may check WebOPAC and search by author, title, subject, narrator, series, or annotation. However only active library patrons with a User ID and a Password may order books.

BARD, Braille and Audio Reading Download, is a password-protected web site that enables eligible readers to download any of the thousands of titles recorded by National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS) for its readership.

Many searching methods are available, including by author, title, subject, narrator, and keyword. Avid readers might prefer to check the "Recently Added" link to find new titles.

Why wait for the postal service to deliver your books? Download from BARD 24 hours a day, seven days a week!

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Strategic Plan 2015-2018 PDF Download is also available in braille and audio formatsPDF Download. If you would like to borrow a copy please contact your Reader Advisor.

Winter 2015 Prairie Trails Newsletter
Articles include "Cassette Books Ending", "Last Annual Digital Talking Books Plus Catalogs", "Helpful Hints", "Movie Titles", "SD Titles", "Assistive Technology Training", "Summer Reading Program", and "Vision Loss Books for Kids"

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Libraries for blind adults were established by an Act of Congress in 1931. The law has been amended four times: in 1952 to include blind children, in 1962 to include music materials, in 1966 to include individuals with physical impairments who are unable to read standard print, and in 1981 to include individuals with a reading disability which is based on a physical dysfunction.

The South Dakota Braille and Talking Book Program started in 1969.

The South Dakota Braille & Talking Book Program provides many of the same books and magazines that are found at your public library except they are in Recorded and/or in Braille format. We even loan you a player to play the Recorded books on. This service is paid for by federal and state funds and is provided at no charge to the patron. This includes toll-free calls to the State Library, player replacement and no postage when mailing materials back to the library.


Hands reading braille book The mission of the Braille and Talking Book Program is to provide equal access to print materials in a format acceptable to all citizens of South Dakota who cannot read standard print. The inability to read standard print may be caused by a visual impairment that prevents seeing the print, a physical disability that prevents holding the materials and/or turning the pages, or a learning disability caused by an organic dysfunction. The alternative formats include large print, Braille, audio books or electronic files.

Automated Telephone System

When you call 1-605-773-3131 or 1-800-423-6665, you will be directed to the following options:

  • For Braille and Talking Book, Press 1
  • For Patrons with last names beginning with A-M, Press 1
  • For Patrons with last names beginning with N-Z; Libraries, nursing homes, other facilities, Press 2
  • For Schools, children, young adults, Press 3
  • For Talking Book Machines, Volunteers, other questions or concerns, Press 4

Please remain on the line to hear these options again or press "0" to return to the main menu.

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Braille and Talking Book Strategic Plan 2015-2018

The Strategic Plan PDF Download is also available in braille and audio formatsPDF Download. If you would like to borrow a copy please contact your Reader Advisor.

Prairie Trails Memorandum

 Volume 10, Issue 1 | Spring 2015
Articles include "Which Machine to Return?", "Tips for better service", "April is National Poetry Month", "Talking Prescription Labels", "Books made into Movies", "Memorials & Donations", "Suggested Books for Kids & Teens", and "Summer Reading Program"

Also available in PDF download PDF Download, MP3 download MP3 Download


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Related Links: South Dakota

Dakotalink Web Link
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Service to the Blind and Visually Impaired Web Link
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Resources for families of children with disabilities

South Dakota School for the Blind and Visually Impaired Web Link
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