Institutions and their staff are also eligible for Braille and Audio Reading Download (BARD) accounts. BARD is the NLS downloadable audio book service that enables users to access any digital book from any computer with an internet connection. Books are downloaded onto a user’s computer, then transferred to play on an NLS digital player using a USB flash drive or blank cartridge. Multiple staff at an institution can have BARD accounts, and are encouraged to use these accounts for the following:
- Demoing the BARD service to interested patrons or perspective clients
- Helping clients who may not have a computer with internet access download books
- Making several copies of the same book available for book groups or other group activities
At this time, public library accounts will be limited to demo only access, meaning library staff will only be able to download any of four (4) copyright-free books that have been published by the NLS:
- Biography of the Blind (DB 42343)
- Braille into the Next Millennium (DB 50969)
- Talking Books: Pioneering and Beyond (DB 27607)
- That All May Read (DB 20002)
Public libraries will still be able to search for any book available on BARD in order to show the breadth and depth of the collection, but they will only be able to download the NLS copyright-free books.
If you are a staff member of an institution already registered for Talking Books Service and would like to apply for BARD service, please follow this link to the online application
. If you are not registered, please follow the instructions above under the Enrollment header before applying for BARD.