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Braille and Audio Reading Download (BARD) is a web library service consisting of braille books, magazines, articles and recordings for U.S. residents who are otherwise unable to read or make use of printed material due to their physical or visual disabilities. Provided by the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped and Library of the Congress in collaboration with networks of regional and sub-regional libraries, the service is free for all qualified members.
Braille and Audio Reading Download is a very user-friendly program. It helps people with visual impairments to search its catalog of thousands of titles, download the material and experience the pleasure of reading at no cost.
The National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped provides materials for patrons in different formats like talking books, talking magazines, braille books and music in addition to Braille and Audio Reading Download and Braille and Audio Reading Mobile. The Braille and Audio Reading Download Mobile application allows audio materials to be played and downloaded on smart devices. The downloads are also available in braille and compressed audio formats. New items are added to BARD every week and it currently has over 21,000 digital books and over 40 digital magazine files. In order to qualify for Braille and Audio Reading Download, an active TBBL library service, some computer expertise, an email address as well a high speed internet connection are required. Once registered and qualified for BARD, a login is provided. Qualified patrons are provided with a state-of-the-art digital talking book machine at no cost. They are also entitled to receive any book or magazine available in the collection through mail or download.