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South Dakota State Library
MacKay Building
800 Governors Dr.
Pierre, SD 57501

1-605-773-6962 (FAX)
(SD Only)

Hours: Mon-Fri
8 am - 5 pm CT
7 am - 4 pm MT

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Braille & Talking Book Library | Equipment


Special equipment is needed to play the recorded books supplied on extended loan free of charge to active patrons.

Digital Player

All the playback equipment and accessories have been designed for easy operation by disabled readers. All playback equipment is loaned to you free of charge for as long as you are actively borrowing books. We allow each patron one (1) digital player.

    Digital Player with cartridge
  • Plays digital talking books including NLS and Daisy
  • Plays digital audio files including MAR-WB+, MP3 and WAV
  • Standard machine has eight controls
  • Advanced machine has thirteen controls, including bookmarking features
  • Variable speed control
  • Portable
  • Rechargeable battery and electrical cord
  • Built-in audio instructions for using player

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Contact the Braille and Talking Book Library to request more information about the following accessories.


Digital Players are equipped with headphone jacks. Headphones are not, however, automatically furnished with your machines. If you live under circumstances where you need headphones to listen your talking books, you will need to buy your own. The Digital Players will work with any other average headphone jack (small).

Pillow Speaker

A pillow speaker is placed under your pillow and is normally heard only by you. Pillow speakers are only available for readers confined to bed.


An amplifier/headphone combination that will produce sounds up to 130 decibels is available for reader with severe hearing loss. A special application form (available from your Reader Advisor) is necessary and must be signed by a physician or licensed audiologist.

The application has details about the possible need for a doctor's permission and what special precautions are necessary to prevent injury. These units are supplied at no charge directly by NLS.

Remote Control Unit

Readers confined to bed or who have very limited mobility may request a remote control unit. It turns playback equipment on and off, but it will not control other functions such as volume and speed. Remote control units require a separate application (available from your Reader Advisor). Once the application form is filled out, mail it directly to the address located at the top of the application. These units are supplied at no charge directly by NLS.

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Winter 2019 Prairie Trails Newsletter
Volume 14, Issue 1 | Winter 2019

Articles include "Celebrating 50 years of service", "Summer Reading Program", "Ten Squared Club", "Holiday closing" and more!

Also available in MP3 download

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National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped Downloadable Books and Magazines


Braille & Talking Book EMAIL
1-800-423-6665 (in SD Only) Option 1
605-773-3131, Option 1

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