Student Resources for Reading Disabilities

The Talking Book Program (TBP) provides digital audio, large print and Braille books and magazines to Texans who cannot read standard print due to a qualifying visual, physical or reading disability. Service for students is available both at home and in the classroom. TBP is a division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission and has served Texans with disabilities since 1931, and Texas was one of the first states to join the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled (NLS), a division of the Library of Congress.

Braille and Audio Reading Download (BARD)

Talking Book Program (TBP) members can use the Braille and Audio Reading Download (BARD) to download and read audio books on your smartphone or tablet using the BARD Mobile app.

  • Download books whenever you want.
  • Get as many books as you want.
  • Keep books as long as you want.
  • Store multiple books on one device.
  • Carry your favorite books in a portable format.
Learn more about BARD

Information About Talking Books

  • Free Library with braille, audio or large print books
  • Bookshare is supported through an OSEP initiative, whereas the Talking Books Program is supported through both federal and state efforts.
  • 180,000 books and magazines in the collection
    • Real narrators
    • 65% fiction
  • Eligible students include: blind, visual disability, physical disability, reading disability (dyslexia)
  • Qualify with temporary or life-long need
  • Certification made by dyslexia specialist, diagnostician, speech therapist, or other qualified staff

Contact Talking Books

Jaclyn Owusu
Public Awareness Coordinator

[email protected] or [email protected]
Phone 512.463.5452