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  • The BARD Mobile apps for Android and iOS devices allow you to enjoy your personal library everywhere you go.

  • Talking Book Service is provided free of charge to anyone who is blind, visually impaired, or has physical disabilities preventing the reading of standard print.

  • If you read braille, ask your reader advisor to sign you up for braille service. You can find titles in the online catalog. If you have a refreshable braille display, consider also signing up for Braille and Audio Reading Download (BARD) to access the Web-Braille collection.

  • The rechargeable talking book players can be used anywhere you want to listen to a book. They are lighter and easier to use. There is nothing quite like listening to a book on your warm, sunny deck.

  • Talking books are now available in digital cartridge form and mailed to you in a blue plastic case via "free matter for the blind or physically handicapped". The new digital players are portable and easy to use.

The National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS) and the Illinois State Library's Talking Book and Braille Service (TBBS) strive to ensure that all may read by providing eligible patrons access to NLS materials regardless of age, economic circumstances, or technical expertise.

BARD Status Update

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From NLS: The Library of Congress continues to work to restore its data center to full operations and bring affected systems back online. Currently, our best guess is that BARD may return to service late in the day on Tuesday, September 8. This is a rough estimate, and the system may come online sooner (or later). We’ll keep you posted as soon as we receive any new information. We regret the lapse in service and are looking into every option available to restore service as soon as possible.

Closed 9/7/15

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Please note that we will be closed Monday, September 7th, in observance of Labor Day. Enjoy your holiday weekend!

BARD Currently Down

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NLS is currently experiencing technical difficulties with BARD, but they are working quickly to fix the problem and restore service. We will notify you as soon as BARD is available again.

BARD Down This Coming Weekend

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This was posted on the BARD website this morning:

Library of Congress data systems and websites will be offline for maintenance this weekend beginning at 5:00 P.M. on Friday August 28 2015. NLS services affected include the BARD web site, BARD mobile (downloading and browsing of books and magazines only), and the NLS web site. You will still be able to read books that have already been downloaded using BARD Mobile. We expect all services to be back online by Monday August 31 2015 at 8:00 A.M. Eastern.


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