Athens-Clarke County Library
2025 Baxter St.
Athens, GA 30606

Open Monday-Friday
9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
(Closed 12 p.m. - 2 p.m. on the third Wednesday of each month)

BARD (Braille and Audio Reading Download)

NLS now also offers Talking Books for download through the BARD (Braille and Audio Reading Download) service. This is a free service featuring thousands of downloadable Talking Books and magazines and is a second way to receive digital books, in addition to those delivered via U.S. Mail.

Patrons can register for BARD by visiting You will need an active email address and high-speed internet as well as knowledge of downloading, unzipping, and transferring files to register and download books. Once books are downloaded, they can be stored on a flash drive or other memory card. Books downloaded from BARD can be played on the Digital Talking Book player or a small number of commercially available players. You can find the complete list at

Detailed instructions on downloading and searching on BARD can be found on the NLSBARD instructions website and the NLSBARD F.A.Q. website.

Patrons who are interested in BARD can learn more at or by contacting the Talking Book Center at 1-855-583-2822.

BARD Mobile

The BARD Mobile app is now available for Talking Books users. The app, free of charge in Apple's iTunes store, provides access to Braille and talking books directly from the NLS Braille and Audio Reading Download (BARD). BARD contains nearly 50,000 titles, with new titles added each day.

With BARD Mobile, users can play audio materials on an iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch. You must be a registered user of the NLS Talking Books program to use BARD Mobile. Contact the Talking Book Center at 1-855-583-2822 if you need help using BARD Mobile or if you have any questions.