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. 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.
Braille books and magazines may be also downloaded through the BARD Mobile app, which requires connection to a refreshable braille display via a Bluetooth connection. The BARD website and mobile app are password-protected, and all files are in an electronically downloadable form of compressed audio or formatted braille. BARD is available to registered users 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.
On Your Smart Device
BARD Mobile for iOS devices External delivers braille and talking books to your personal iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. A refreshable braille display with a Bluetooth connection is required to access ebraille materials.
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.