BARD (Braille and Audio Reading Download)

What is it?

  • Downloadable audio books, magazines, and Braille provided by the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, Library of Congress.
  • No need to wait for a book to be mailed - and downloaded books are never overdue!

How do I sign up?

If you already have an account with the Arizona Talking Book Library, you can also register for BARD by submitting an online application

How do I log in to my account?

Click here to log in

What is the BARD Mobile app?

You can download our books directly to your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch!  You can also read Braille books by connecting your device to a refreshable Braille display.

  • Visit iTunes for more information.
  • Read the user guide provided by the National Library Service.

The BARD Mobile app is now available for Android devices!

How do I play downloaded materials?

On an NLS Digital Talking Book Player (DBM)

Downloaded files must be unzipped and transferred to either a standard flash drive (no larger than 8 GB) or a purchased NLS-type cartridge.  You can purchase an NLS-type cartridge from the following vendors:

On a personal player, including:

  • Apex BrailleNote/VoiceNote
  • APH Book Port DT
  • APH Braille Plus Mobile Manager
  • Braille Plus
  • HIMS BookSense
  • HIMS BookSense DS
  • HIMS BookSense XT
  • HIMS Sense Notetaker
  • Humanware Victor Reader Stratus
  • Humanware Victor Reader Stream
  • LevelStar
  • Milestone 212
  • Plextalk Pocket PTP1
  • Milestone 312

How do I download a book?

Please review our BARD instructions for Windows or Macintosh.  If you are using another operating system, please contact the library for assistance.