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BARD Mobile

By Library of Congress

This app is only available on the App Store for iOS devices.


A service of the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS), Library of Congress

The BARD Mobile app provides access to braille and talking books directly from the NLS Braille and Audio Reading Download (BARD). BARD contains nearly 80,000 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.

Before you can use this BARD Mobile app, you must be registered with a braille and talking-book library in the NLS network of cooperating libraries. If you aren’t registered but think you qualify for this service because you cannot read regular print as a result of a visual or physical disability, locate your local library for the blind and physically handicapped at or call 1-800-NLS-READ to apply for service.

Once you are registered, you may then sign up for a BARD account and receive your BARD user name and password. Download the free app and sign in with your BARD user name and password to get started. You’ll only need to do this the first time you use the app. The app contains a user manual that you may access through the Help feature.

The National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS), Library of Congress, administers the braille and talking-book program, a free library service available to residents of the United States and its territories and American citizens living abroad whose low vision, blindness, or physical disability makes reading regular print difficult. Through its national network of cooperating libraries, NLS mails digital audio players and books and magazines—in audio and in braille—directly to enrollees at no cost. Music instructional materials are available in large-print, braille, and recorded formats. Select materials are also available online for download.

What's New in Version 1.1.1

Bug fixes and performance improvements.


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Customer Reviews

Mixed review

I love BARD mobile. It gives me access to books at times when using the full size player isn't feasible... Like when I'm exercising or shopping. A bug that was in the original program is back in the latest update. The screen stays on and uses a lot of battery. Also I cannot use any other app while listening to a book. So when my transit app sends a notification that my bus is coming or my husband texts me, it interrupts the book and I have to manually click on the app and start button to resume reading (BARD does not respond to voice commands) you fixed this once, I have faith you can do it again 👍🏻😃

Could be way better!

The workaround when you run into the bug where it won't allow you to lock the screen. Actually quit the app from the task manager. Then restart Bard and you can now lock the screen. But I have to do this many times a day. Please fix this

It could be way better, there's a lot of things that can be improved how about allowing me to sort my wish list by author name. I really would like to do this. I have a number of series, it's hard to find them if they're scattered throughout my wish list. Also the ability to find items in my wish list. That would be great

There's a solution to everything

This app is really good. In the settings tab, go to audio settings, and look for background play. You can turn it on or off. When left on, you can use other apps in the background. Underneath that is autolock during playback. Turn that on to have the screen automatically lock while playing a book. This is for those who are having trouble with reading.

BARD Mobile
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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
  • Free
  • Category: Books
  • Updated:
  • Version: 1.1.1
  • Size: 15.3 MB
  • Languages: English, Spanish
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 6.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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