BARD: Braille and Audio Reading Download

National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled Downloadable Books and Magazines

Access to the BARD web site is restricted to eligible readers. You will need a login ID and password to access it. If you do not have them, review the criteria for participation by reading the BARD application instructions and, if you qualify, request an account.

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This computer system is the property and/or operated on behalf of the Library of Congress and may be accessed only by authorized users. Users may access and use the Library's computer system only for official business and in accordance with Library regulations.

Any usage of the Library's computer system is subject to monitoring by the Library and inappropriate usage may subject the user to loss or limitation of system access rights, adverse administrative action, and criminal prosecution. By accessing and using the Library's computer system, users are consenting to monitoring of their activities and communications on the system.

If you experience difficulty logging into BARD you may want to check Instructions or Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) before contacting your network library.

BARD Express - windows-based software that simplifies searching for, downloading, managing, and transferring BARD audio materials to cartridges
BARD Mobile for iOS devices - access braille and talking books from your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.
BARD Mobile for Android - access talking books from your Android smartphone or tablet.
BARD Mobile for Fire tablets - access talking books on your Amazon Fire table.

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