Braille and Audio Reading Download (BARD)

Braille and Audio Reading Download (BARD)

BARD is a service offered by the Library of Congress for the Talking Book members in our community. This free-of-charge program allows patrons to download talking books at home or elsewhere from an extensive collection of titles. 

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Once you have a digital talking book player from the library and a BARD account, along with a computer and high-speed Internet access, you may download books at no charge. The .zip file of the book can be saved to the computer and "unzipped." Then the files can be moved to a simple "thumb drive," which fits into the right side of the digital player.  You can also purchase a blank talking book cartridge. A connector cable is needed to move the unzipped files from the computer to the talking book cartridge.

A free BARD Mobile app is also available for Android and Apple devices. With the app, you will be able to play them on your smartphone or tablet and keep them as long as you want.

A Talking Books customer has access to:

  • The Subregional Library's local collection of over 12,000 titles
  • The NLS (National Library Service) nationwide collection of digital, cassette, and Braille titles
  • The  NLS nationwide downloadable collection of over 80,000 books
  • Descriptive videos.
  • Braille by request. If you need a document for school, church, or business use, we are happy to perform this service. Please contact Access Services at 540-372-1144, ext. 7054 or, to arrange for printing two weeks in advance of your deadline.