Braille and Audio Reading Download Illinois State Library


Braille and Audio Reading Download (BARD)

BARD is a free Braille and Audio Reading Download service for active Talking Book Patrons with the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped. There are over 40,000 books, magazines, and music scores in audio and braille formats available for download from the site, with new selections added frequently.

To register for a BARD account, you must first review the criteria for participation by reading the BARD application instructions and, if you qualify, request an account.

BARD Mobile

BARD Mobile enables NLS patrons to download audio and braille books, magazines, and music scores directly to their iOS, Android and Kindle Fire devices provided they have a BARD account. If your device is connected to a refreshable braille display through Bluetooth, you can also read the braille materials available on BARD.

Use of BARD Mobile is restricted to eligible NLS patrons, who have a BARD account.

Download BARD Mobile App

The BARD Mobile app is available as a free download for iOS devices on iTunes, and for Android devices on Google Play.

Notes on Using BARD Mobile

BARD Mobile App Help and User Guides

The National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped has prepared user guides for both the iOS and Android versions of the BARD Mobile app. Help features are also provided within each app.

BARD Express

BARD Express is a free downloadable Windows-based software application designed to simplify searching for, downloading, and transferring audio titles from the BARD website to a cartridge or external USB flash drive for playback in a digital player.

BARD Express is available for use by eligible NLS patrons. You must have an established BARD account, with a user name and password, to use BARD Express.

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