The Mississippi Library Commission serves as a free public library service for eligible Mississippi residents who are unable to read standard print due to a visual, physical or organic reading disability and for institutions which serve these eligible individuals (schools, hospitals, living facilities, etc).
Talking Books Collection
The Talking Books collection offers a wide range of popular fiction and nonfiction titles for adults, teens, and children. The collection holdings may be searched by anyone using the online catalog, but only registered Talking Book Services patrons may place requests.
- audio books and magazines on digital cartridge
- Braille books and magazines
- books in large print
- descriptive videos (VHS & DVD) which provide narration describing the on-screen action
Specialized Talking Book Players are also provided on loan, at no charge, to patrons registered and actively utilizing Talking Books services. Equipment includes:
- Digital cartridge playback machines
- Adaptive devices for the playback machines to further assist individuals with physical or hearing limitations
Materials are mailed directly to the individual’s home in special returnable packaging and may be returned to the Commission without cost through the U.S. Postal Service under the “Free Matter for the Blind and Physically Handicapped” privilege.
BARD: Braille & Audio Reading Download
Talking Book Services registered patrons may also register separately for the BARD service. This free service allows BPHLS patrons with internet access and an email address to search for and download titles to either a personal flash drive or a digital cartridge for immediate listening. New titles are frequently added to this service.
Large Print Direct
Talking Book Services registered patrons may also receive Large Print materials mailed directly to their homes. To learn more about this service, contact 1-800-446-0892.
National Library Service (NLS): That All May Read
The Commission is able to provide the above services through a partnership with the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS) in the Library of Congress.
For more information:
1-800-446-0892 (toll free) or 601-432-4116
Mississippi Library Commission
Attn: Talking Book Services
3881 Eastwood Drive
Jackson, MS 39211-6473