Braille and Audio Reading Download (BARD)

BARD is a free Braille and Audio Reading Download service for active patrons with the Oklahoma Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped. There are thousands of books and magazine titles are available with new added every week.

Requirements for participation:

  1. Be an active patron in good standing
  2. Have a compatible DTB player
  3. Have high-speed Internet service
  4. Have access to an active e-mail address
  5. The ability to:
  • Fill out a form on the web
  • Download a large file and find it on your computer
  • Unzip a file to a specific directory
  • Transfer files to and from your DTB player or memory card

How to apply for BARD

Click here to fill out the online application. Once submitted the application will automatically be sent to the Oklahoma Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped. They will review it and send you an email that accepts or rejects the application. If you are rejected, there will be a message explaining why. The most common reasons are that your name does not match any in our membership database or your address is different than that on record. If you are accepted, you will receive a temporary password.

When you are approved, go to the NLS BARD site again and sign in using your temporary password. When you choose a password make very sure that you will remember it. If by chance you do forget your password, call your reader advisor and they will “reset” the password, sending you a new temporary password and prompting you to create a new password on your next log-in. Once your account is active contact the library and we will send you a blank digital cartridge and USB cord. The cartridges will hold more than one book at a time, providing several hours of listening enjoyment.

The NLS online application page for the BARD program currently assumes you will be using an NLS digital talking book player. If you plan on using a commercial player like the Victor Reader Stream, you will be able to add that as an additional player after your application is approved. An e-mail will be sent to the third-party manufacturer (if applicable) with authorization to enable the patron's player. This authorization will most likely take the form of the manufacturer sending an e-mail to the patron with the authorization key as an attachment.

This application is intended for use only by patrons in good standing of The Oklahoma Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped. If you are not currently receiving service from The Oklahoma Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, please contact them at 800-523-0288 or 405-521-3514. You may also email the library at


BARD Mobile

In addition to downloading books onto a cartridge BARD users may also use the BARD Mobile app, available as a free download from the iTunes store.

BARD Mobile will operate on an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with iOS 4.3 or later, as well as on Android devices. Connectivity from a wireless carrier or a Wi-Fi provider is required to download material from BARD.

Follow this link to the BARD Mobile Application User Guide for in depth instructions on how to get started.


How to download books from BARD

Login to BARD by entering your email and password.

Search the database and find a book you would like to download.

After you have found the item you wish to download, use the download link to initiate transfer of the item to your computer. During the download process you will be given the opportunity to save the file to a specified location. Where to save the file is your decision. To help with finding the files later, each audio file starts with the letters DB and each braille file starts with the letters BR. All file names contain as much of the author's name and title as is possible. All audio files end in .zip; all braille files end in either .zip or .brf.

When asked whether to SAVE or OPEN, choose OPEN. Once the book has opened, you will need to extract the zipped files and choose where to save the file. Choose to "unzip" or "extract" files.

The next screen that pops up allows you to select where you want to unpack, extract or unzip the file. Select the letter of the computer drive where you want the files to be saved, whether it is to a USB flash drive or a blank NLS digital cartridge and select the "Make New Folder" button to create and name the book folder where you will save the book. It is a good idea to name this folder with the book title, so that the player can read this title back to you. Choose the NEXT button and the computer will unzip and save all the book files into the folder.

When this is complete, a screen will pop up asking if you want to see the extracted files, and this item is a checkbox, and is checked by default. If you would rather not see the files, press the spacebar on the checkbox, to uncheck this option and tab once and press Enter on the "Finish" button.

Several books can be saved to one cartridge. To navigate those books use the BOOKSHELF feature on your player. Simply press the PLAY/STOP button on your player and hold it until it says BOOKSHELF. From there you can use the FAST FORWARD and REWIND buttons to move back and forth between titles. Press PLAY when you find the book you want to listen to.