BARD at 10 Years Old

October 2016 marked the 10-year anniversary of what was originally called the Digital Talking Book Download Pilot project. The predecessor to BARD (Braille and Audio Reading Download). On October 2006 NLS started with a group of 100 patrons to test out a new way to get your talking books. Here are some interesting facts showing how far what is now known as BARD has come.
In October 2006 the download pilot began with 100 patrons, who had access to 1200 book titles and 10 magazine issues. Flash forward 10 years and things have changed bit. In October 2016 48,977 patrons, had access to download 82,350 books titles and 13,640 magazine issues. Where did the time go and wow how things have changed.
If you’re not one of the 48,977 patrons who do use BARD, it not to late to start. Sign up for BARD today –


About nclbph

The North Carolina Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NCLBPH) is a special public library that circulates books and magazines especially made for persons who cannot use regular printed material because of a visual or physical disability. The library is located in Raleigh, but mails materials throughout the state. The NCLBPH is a state agency operated by the State Library of North Carolina as a part of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources. It is also a part of the network of regional libraries operated by the Library of Congress National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS).
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