About BARD
(Braille & Audio Reading Download)

BARD is a free website where you can download audio and electronic braille books, magazines, and more!

BARD Benefits

  • Absolutely free
  • No limit on number of downloads
  • Downloads do not need to be returned
  • It's OK to have a friend or family member help you download
  • Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
  • You can still get books by mail
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Equipment Needed:

  1. Access to a computer with high-speed internet connection and a valid email address.
  2. You cannot listen to audio downloads directly from your computer. To listen to audio downloads you need
    1. Library's loaned Digital Book Machine – OR – NLS-compatible Third Party Player
    2. Standard USB flash (thumb) drive – OR – Blank book cartridge and cable
  3. To use braille downloads you need
    1. Braille display, braille-aware notetaker, or braille embosser (see Third Party Player)
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Getting Started

  1. To download books, you must first Sign-Up for BARD
  2. Once you have submitted your completed application, you will receive an email with further instructions within the next few business days.
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BARD Tutorials

*Some tutorials have been compiled by other libraries and include customized instructions or references. These tutorials are meant to be general BARD guides and not step-by-step instructions for our library.

From NLS: BARD Instructions (HTML)


From North Carolina: Digital Book Downloading Tips (HTML, RTF, BRF)

From North Carolina: All About BARD (MP3)

From Minnesota: How to Download and Play a Talking Book from MN BARD using Windows XP (PDF)

From Oregon: Talking Book and Braille Services BARD Information (HTML)

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BARD Mobile Tutorials

From NLS: BARD Mobile iOS Application User Guide (HTML)

From NLS: BARD Mobile iOS 'How-To Series' (YouTube)

From North Carolina: BARD Mobile iOS (HTML)

From NLS: BARD Mobile Android Application User Guide (HTML)

From NLS: BARD Mobile Android 'How-To Series' (YouTube)

From SAS Institute Inc: Quick reference guide for voiceover on iOS (HTML)

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