People who are blind, visually impaired or have a physical disability may now download audio and braille books to their iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, if they are registered with the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS) in the Library of Congress.
The Braille and Audio Reading Download (BARD) Mobile app is now available through the Apple App Store. The app, which is free, allows readers to download audio and braille books from their NLS BARD accounts. Access to BARD is provided through local cooperating NLS network libraries. BARD contains nearly 50,000 books, magazines and music scores in audio and braille formats, with new selections added daily. BARD Mobile will operate on an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with iOS 4.3 or later.
For more information, please contact your local NLS network library. The New York State Talking Book and Braille Library (TBBL) serves the 55 upstate New York counties. TBBL may be reached by calling tbbl More information about the app is also available on the TBBL site BARD page at http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/tbbl/bard/
Downstate library patrons in the metropolitan New York and Long Island area should contact the Andrew Heiskell Braille and Talking Book Library at
talkingbooks More information may also be found on the library web site at http://www.nypl.org/locations/heiskell
Version 1.0 is now available at Apple’s online app store:
The Userguide is also available online:
To create your free BARD account, see the application instructions on https://nlsbard.loc.gov/