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BARD Mobile App

A service of the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS), BARD Mobile provides access to Braille and talking books directly from the NLS Braille and Audio REading Download (BARD). BARD contains nearly 50,000 books, magazines, and music scores in audio and Braille formats, with new selections added daily.

With BARD Mobile, you can play the audio materials on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch. If your device is connected to a refreshable Braille display through Bluetooth, you can also read the Braille materials available on BARD.

The BARD Mobile app is available as a free download on iTunes at https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/bard-mobile/id705229586?mt=8 Before you can use BARD Mobile, you must be signed up to use BARD. You can apply for BARD at: https://nlsbard.loc.gov/NLS/ApplicationInstructions.html

Notes on Using BARD Mobile:

  • Download the free app https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/bard-mobile/id705229586?mt=8
  • Sign in with your BARD user name and password. You'll only need to do this the first time you use the app. The BARD Mobile app will remember your BARD user credentials.
  • Books and magazines can be quite large to download (50MB - 200MB), so be sure to manage downloads carefully, especially if you have a limited data plan. You can set BARD Mobile to only download over wi-fi.
  • Your progress through a book is not updated across iOS devices. So, if you start listening to a book on your iPhone, your progress will not be updated on your iPad.
  • You can have up to 5 iOS devices registered with the BARD Mobile app.
Where can I get help on using BARD Mobile?

The National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped has prepared a BARD Mobile Application User Guide which can be accessed at https://nlsbard.loc.gov/apidocs/BARDMobile.userguide.iOS.current.html The app also contains a user manual that you may access through the Help feature.

BARD-specific questions may be ansered by the BARD online instructions and FAQs at https://nlsbard.loc.gov/support.html

You may also contact the library by emailing ctbl.info@cde.state.co.us or by calling 303-727-9277 or 1-800-685-2136 (toll-free, in-state only).


An app for the Android platform is in the works but taking much longer to develop. It is expectd sometime in 2014.