Braille and Audio Reading Download (BARD)

Members of The New Jersey State Library Talking Book & Braille Center (TBBC) can choose from tens of thousands of  accessible audiobooks, dozens of audio magazines, and over 11,000 Braille files.  All of these materials can be downloaded from the Braille and Audio Reading Download site (BARD). You must be registered with TBBC in order to register for BARD. Questions?  Call TBBC toll-free at 800-792-8322.

  • The audiobooks you receive from TBBC and the BARD files will only play on devices authorized by NLS.
  • The digital talking book player you receive from TBBC is an authorized device. Here is a list of other NLS-authorized devices that can be purchased.
  • BARD Mobile App:  Apple iOS, Android and Kindle Fire users can enjoy their BARD materials by using the BARD Mobile App.
  • Both eligible individual NJ residents and all institutions that serve eligible residents can apply for BARD accounts.
  • BARD users can log in here.

BARD Application Instructions

In order to register for BARD, you must first be registered with TBBC. If you are not a member of TBBC, call us at 1-800-792-8322 or download an application.

INDIVIDUALS: Apply online here for an individual BARD account.

If you are approved to participate, you will receive a “Welcome to BARD” email message. If there is a problem, you will receive a message explaining the problem.

INSTITUTIONS: Apply online here for an institutional BARD account.

If you need assistance with your BARD application, just call our toll-free number at 800-792-8322.

Please note that the information you provide will be shared with the National Library Service, Library of Congress, and with the manufacturer of your purchased digital talking-book player (if necessary).

If you are planning to use a purchased digital talking-book player, you must register it once you have access to the BARD site. At the BARD web site, scroll down until you find “Update Account Settings” and select this link. At the next page, look for “Select this link to add a purchased player.”

BARD Downloading Tips

Once you are registered and approved for BARD, you are ready to download  digital books and magazines.  Here are a few tips:

  • If you have an Android, Apple or Kindle Fire device, use the BARD Mobile app. Visit our BARD Mobile page for more information.
  • BARD users can log in here.
  • BARD use and downloading instructions
  • If you are using the digital talking book player, you can download to a cartridge and play audiobooks & audio magazines on the machine. Here are tips:
    • Use a flash drive that is between 2 and 8 gigabytes.
    • Your flash drive must be clean with no files on it.
    • Always format your flash drive before you use it.
    • If you have a Windows computer, download using the BARD Express software that you will find on the BARD main page. Scroll down to “Additional Links” and look for BARD Express. Download the software to your computer.