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BARD (Braille & Audio Reading Download) and BARD Mobile

Learn how to download braille and audio books on BARD and read them on a braille display, listen to them on free or commercially available talking-book players, and use the BARD Mobile app for iOS and Android devices. The Braille and Audio Reading Download (BARD) is a web-based service that provides access to thousands of braille and encrypted audio books, magazines, and music scores available from NLS. The service is available to registered users of the braille and talking book program through their local braille and talking book library.

Register for BARD and Get BARD Mobile

Music Instructional Materials & Scores

Learn how to access a collection of braille, large-print, and recorded instructional materials about music and musicians. Patrons may access a collection of braille, large-print, and recorded instructional materials about music and musicians. They may also obtain free subscriptions to magazines produced in audio, braille, and large print. All materials are circulated postage free, and some digital audio and ebraille materials are available for download over the Internet. Machines needed to use the audio cartridges are provided to eligible users without charge. Musical recordings intended solely for listening are not included in the music collection as they are readily available commercially and from public libraries.

Music Services for Individuals Who Are Blind or Have a Physical Disability

Overseas Services

Learn how American citizens living overseas who cannot use standard print materials may access the braille and talking book program. Service is provided directly from NLS headquarters in Washington, DC.

Overseas Services

Contact the Overseas Service librarian


Explore the variety of publications on issues about or related to blindness, visual impairment, or physical disabilities produced by the NLS Reference Section. Our reference section can help answer questions related to NLS service. Email [email protected] for help.

Reference Publications

Braille Transcription & Proofreading Courses

Learn more about braille and how to become a braille transcriber or proofreader or receive certification or updates. The Librarian of Congress and the NLS director  continue to authorize and issue certifications for braille transcribers and proofreaders.

Braille Transcription & Proofreading Courses

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