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BARD (Braille and Audio Reading Download)

The National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS) provides downloadable braille and audio books and magazines through the BARD website. These books are the electronic versions of the same digital books that NLS produces on cartridge. Membership to BARD is available to all individuals who are patrons of the library. Eligible users may register at the BARD site and download books to a thumb drive to be played on any digital player. Or go mobile with the free BARD mobile app. The BARD mobile app works on all iPads, iPhone 3GS and later, iPod touch versions 4 and 5, and Android operating systems 4.1 or later.


To sign up visit the BARD website. One to two days after filling out your BARD application you will get a response from NLS, the (National Library Service). If you are approved you will get 2 emails. The first will acknowledge that they received your application. The second will contain a welcome message, user name, and temporary password.

Already a BARD member? Visit the BARD log-in page, enter your information, and start downloading! 

Other Resources

Learn about BARD by watching the BARD Mobile 'How-To Series' created by NLS on YouTube (video embedded below). This series features 16 how-to videos about various BARD functions, such as using BARD on an Android and using the Voiceover functions on your device.


BARD Express is available to patrons beginning December 2016! This free Windows-based application simplifies searching for, downloading, and transferring audio materials from BARD to a cartridge or a USB flash drive for playback on a digital player. An active BARD account and a personal computer running Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, or 10 are needed in order to use BARD Express. View the BARD Express How-To Series YouTube videos to learn more (video embedded below).

Download a book to your flash drive using these step by step instructions.  

View the NLS BARD mobile press release.