Magazines on Cartridge (MOC) and Serials on Cartridge (SOC)
NLS BARD Administration

Magazine on Cartridge (MOC) Administration - Introduction: Here you'll find information provided by the NLS about the following (Please note: this is a link to the NLS practice BARD site. Updates to NLS sites are made by NLS staff and “last updated” dates are provided at the bottom of each section.):

  • Cassette magazine system
  • Cartridge magazine system
  • Magazine on Cartridge (MOC) system
  • How the system works
  • Delivery schedule
  • Undeliverable cartridges
  • Overdue cartridges
  • Overdue policy
  • Forgiveness policy
  • Network library tools in MOC
  • New for magazine subscribers
  • New for libraries
  • Guidelines for magazine cartridge recovery

Magazine on Cartridge (MOC) Administration - Frequently Asked Questions (Please note: this is a link to the NLS practice BARD site. Updates to NLS sites are made by NLS staff and “last updated” dates are provided at the bottom of each section.)

MOC Delinquent Patron Reports

Magazines Available on Cartridge
Talking Book Topics on Cartridge [TBT4]


TBT4 is produced approximately every two months

If TBT4 is the only magazine subscription a patron is subscribed to: it will be shipped on a single cartridge as it becomes available. TBT4 is treated as a monthly magazine and TBT4-only cartridges are expected to be returned within 30 days of their ship date.

If TBT4 is one of at least two or more monthly magazines subscriptions a patron is subscribed to: once it becomes available, it will be added to the next monthly magazine cartridge produced for that patron. Monthly magazine cartridges are expected to be returned within 30 days of their ship date.

If a patron is subscribed to TBT4 and at least one weekly magazine subscription, but no other monthly magazine subscriptions: the patron will receive TBT4 on its own cartridge (i.e., TBT4 will not be added to weekly magazine cartridges, if the only other magazines a patron is subscribed to are weeklies), and it is expected to be returned within 30 days of its ship date.


Ship Dates (per the NLS Magazines Release Schedule, which may be found on NLS PICS: Selected Reports and Documents: Production Reports):

  • June 3, 2013
  • April 4, 2013
  • January 30, 2012
  • November 30, 2012

Order Forms

NOTE: The return address on a patron's TBT4 order form, is her/his serving library's address.

NLS Operations Alert No. 12-97, dated 12/12/12: “Patrons who receive the magazine on cartridge may receive the order form either before or after the cartridge arrives in the mail.”

NLS Operations Alert No. 13-26, dated 5/2/13: “Patrons who receive the magazine first should hold it until the order form arrives. Some patrons are returning handwritten lists of their book orders to the producer with the magazine cartridge. Please ask your patrons to send book orders to their local cooperating library and send only the cartridge to the producer. Please be reminded that audio copies of TBT can be obtained from the Braille and Audio Reading Download (BARD) if a patron has accidentally returned his or her TBT to the producer. For subscribers who have misplaced their order forms, libraries may download a text version of the TBT order form from the network library site at Patrons and their libraries may also use the order forms available in the large-print edition of TBT. The forms should be returned to the patron’s library.”

In Production/Active Serials by Producer

From Perkins Library:
Perkins produces and has available on our FTP site:

  • Boston Magazine
  • Disability Issues
  • Magnets and Ladders
  • Yankee Magazine (now available on BARD)
  • Your Dog Magazine
  • Catnip Magazine

We also host on our FTP site…

  • Good Old Days

(produced by Chris Barone Electronic Duplication Technician Cleveland Public Library Ohio Library for the Blind & Physically Disabled 17121 Lakeshore Boulevard Cleveland, OH 44110 Phone: 216-623-2911 Toll Free: 1-800-362-1262 Email: Fax: 216-623-7036 Web:


  • Guideposts

(Produced by Brad Hauptman Nebraska Library Commission

Our FTP site is open to any NLS library that would like access. For more information, contact Tim McGrath at:
(617) 972-7377
Perkins Library
175 N. Beacon Street
Watertown, MA 02472

From Nebraska Talking Book and Braille Service:

  • The magazines that we produce in-house are:

Angels on Earth


Countryside and Small Stock Journal

Game and Fish Midwest


Hail Varsity

History Nebraska Newsletter

Interchange (our own newsletter)

Living Well

Midwest Living

Mother Earth News

NCompass Newsletter (The Nebraska Library Commission Newsletter)


Nebraska Farmer

Nebraska History

Nebraska Life



Reminisce Extra

Taste of Home

Trail Tales

Unicameral Update (only the year in review issue)

Descriptions are available on the website.

From North Carolina Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped:

  • Here’s the list of the ones we produce currently:

Carolina Country

North Carolina Historical Review

Our State

Tar Heel Talk

Wildlife in North Carolina

  • We also have back issues of:

Dialogue (production by the publisher has ceased)

Diabetes Self Management (production has been halted for the last year)

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