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Register for BARD and Get BARD Mobile

BARD (Braille and Audio Reading Download) is a web-based, password-protected service that provides access to thousands of audio and braille 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. Once transferred onto a USB flash drive, downloaded talking books and magazines can be played on the digital talking-book machine provided free of charge by NLS. NLS does not provide equipment for displaying or embossing downloaded braille materials.

BARD is available to registered patrons of NLS through their local braille and talking book library. You must be an NLS patron to download from BARD. Please check your eligibility for NLS services.

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Receive NLS materials through your smart device

BARD logo BARD Mobile for iOS devices External delivers talking books and braille to your personal iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. A refreshable braille display with a Bluetooth connection is required to access ebraille materials.

BARD Mobile for Android External delivers talking books to your Android smartphone or tablet including the Amazon Kindle Fire through the Amazon Appstore External.

Need help? Get help with BARD Mobile.

Receive NLS materials through the U.S. mail

If you would prefer to receive hardcopy braille and audio books on digital cartridges through the U.S. Postal Service without cost, please contact your local braille and talking book library at Find Your Library. You may also receive hard copy braille and audio music books and magazines by contacting the NLS Music Section.