4.0
540 reviews
10K+
Downloads
Content rating
Everyone
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About this app

CARRY A LIBRARY IN YOUR POCKET
Access tens of thousands of books—from current best sellers to much-loved classics, popular magazines, and music instruction and scores—in audio and electronic braille, with new selections added daily.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE?
BARD Mobile is a service of NLS. NLS provides free audio and braille reading materials to residents of the US and American citizens living abroad who cannot read regular print. If you are blind or have temporary or permanent low vision or a physical or reading disability that prevents you from holding or reading the printed page, you may be eligible for this program. For more information, visit https://www.loc.gov/nls/about/eligibility-for-nls-services.

HOW DO I GET STARTED?
This app allows access for eligible users who have enrolled in the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled (NLS) at the Library of Congress. To enroll, call 1-888-NLS-READ (1-888-657-7323) and follow the prompts to find your state. Or to learn more at https://www.loc.gov/thatallmayread.

If you are already an NLS patron, contact your cooperating NLS library to request a BARD account. You can find your library by visiting https://www.loc.gov/nls/find-a-local-library/.

SUPPORT
For support and help with BARD account issues, or to report bugs, email NLSDownload@loc.gov. For FAQ, visit https://www.loc.gov/nls/braille-audio-reading-materials/bard-access/nls-bard-frequently-asked-questions/. For the User Guides: https://www.loc.gov/nls/braille-audio-reading-materials/bard-access/bard-mobile-android/
Updated on
Sep 27, 2022

Data safety

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Data is encrypted in transit
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4.0
540 reviews
Ken Giles
April 16, 2022
This is not user friendly and it only provides access to half as many audiobooks as Audible. You need someone with a PC to setup up your account. If you forget your password then someone with a PC has to change it for you so someone else always has access to your account (unless you have your own pc). Clunky and amateurish don't come close to describing the interface. What a disappointment.
12 people found this review helpful
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A Google user
October 26, 2019
I find the application very convenient and user friendly. Much easier than carrying a big, clunky player. I would request that the settings be updated to include being able to set the "part", "chapter" "bookmark" or "phrase" to which ever one is most convenient for the user as the default setting. Also add an "off" option. I constantly hit the back or forward button on my headset when I am trying to press the stop/play button and it takes me forever to find my place again because it jumps back to the previous chapter.
19 people found this review helpful
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A Google user
June 30, 2019
Fabulous upgrade from the cassets sent through the mail. However, the search engine needs a major overhaul. Every time you save a title to your wishlist, you are taken to an unnecessary options page which requires you to hit the back button to return to the book list. A new search engine which could take you to a book list so that you don't have to read through pages and pages of the entire book descriptions before you can find your title. Having books on your phone can't be beat for portability.
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What's new

-App stabilization and performance improvements
-Bug fixes with modifying Wish List, changing app display and contrast settings, and sleep timer