The BARD Mobile app is a mobile reading application designed for the blind, those with low vision or other handicaps that make reading regular print difficult, that 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, one can play the audio materials on their iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch. If the user’s device is connected to a refreshable braille display through Bluetooth, they can also read the braille materials available on BARD.
The user must be registered with a braille and talking-book library in the NLS network of cooperating libraries. The app contains a user manual available 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. Music instructional materials are available in large-print, braille, and recorded formats. Select materials are also available online for download.