Go to the change BARD user ID and password
On this page, you can enter a new password. You will need to enter it twice to confirm it. If the two entries don't match exactly, the new password won't be accepted.
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Your new password cannot:
Once your new password is accepted, you will receive an e-mail message confirming that you have changed your password.
As of June, 2010 there are more than eighteen thousand books available. This number increases weekly.
NLS will add every new digital talking book that has met its quality standards. NLS also continues to convert many older books are still being converted into digital talking books.
Books are added to the downloadable collection soon after they have been
approved to be added to the general collection. If you don't see books on the
site right away, please check back later.
While NLS always makes an effort to offer the complete book series, some books in a series are not available in a digital form. NLS will convert these missing books from analog recordings when possible.
Magazine issues, like books, must meet strict quality-control standards held
by NLS. In some cases, individual issues can be held up by production problems
that cause them not to meet these standards. NLS works with its magazine
producers to solve problems as quickly as possible so the magazine issue can be
posted to the web site.
Nothing. There are no materials available for download that are not also available from your library on another medium.
Your library's collection is far more extensive than the downloadable
collection. NLS continues to add materials to the downloadable collection,
including all newly-produced titles. However, the absence of a title in the
downloadable collection does not mean the item is not available at all. You
should check your library's catalog or the NLS catalog.
All books currently selected for recording by NLS are produced in digital format. Check the NLS catalog: if a book is listed as IN PROCESS, it will appear on the BARD site when production and quality checks have been completed.
Thousands of older titles have been selected for conversion from analog to digital format. This is a long-term project. Some older books are unsuitable for conversion and must be re-recorded or, in some cases, removed from the conversion list (books long out of print and prohibitively expensive, for example); these books will continue to be available on cassette, but may not ever become available as digital books.
It is useful to contact NLSDownload@loc.gov if you think you have discovered a title missing from a series, a duplication, or some other kind of inconsistency. The information will be forwarded to appropriate NLS staff for action.
BARD is not a books-on-request service, but, following long-standing NLS policy, patrons are encouraged to bring their reading needs to the attention of NLS by contacting their regional or subregional library. The librarians will then query NLS and report back to the patron.
At this time, NLS plans to keep magazine issues available indefinitely.
The easiest way to find a book is to use the "Search the collection" field on the download service home page. Enter a word or two that relates to the title, author, or subject you are interested in. Or, you can browse the entire catalog by author, title, or subject using the links provided.
Use the "Search the collection" field, entering as many words of the title as you can. All the words you enter must appear in the title, so do not use words unless you are certain they are part of the book's title.
You can also search for a specific author by putting the author's name in quotation marks. Include the author's last name, a comma, a space, and the first name such as: "Shakespeare, William".
Enter the narrator's name, first name first, into the "Search the collection" box. Or, enter the book's five-digit book number into the "Search the collection" box.
There are two good places to check: the first is on your desktop and the second is in your documents folder.
Each web browser handles downloads slightly differently. Unless you set a default location for downloads, you are asked with each download where you would like to save it.
Many users choose to create a "My downloads" folder inside their documents folder and use that as the default destination for downloads.
Microsoft Internet Explorer will automatically default to the place you specified during your previous download.
To set your default location for downloads in Firefox, choose "Options" from
the "Tools" menu. On the main tab, you can specify a default location by
choosing the radio button called "Save files to" and entering a directory name
in the entry field.
This depends on how your player handles multiple books. If you are using a third-party player, please see your player's documentation for the answer to this question.
If you are using the NLS player, the "bookshelf mode" of the player allows to you have multiple books on a cartridge. To make use of this mode, put each book in its own folder on your cartridge.
To enter bookshelf mode on your NLS player, hold down the "play" button until you hear the player go into bookshelf mode. Release the play button. Now you can use the arrows at each end of the play button to move to the books that are available. When you hear the title you wish to read, simply hit the play button.
If you have further questions about using your NLS player to play multiple
books, please contact the library that loaned the player to you.
Open the .zip file you downloaded to your computer. There are several popular software packages that handle this function. If you are using Windows XP, Windows Vista, or Mac OS X, this function is built-in.
When using a Windows-based computer, select all of the files by simultaneously pressing "control" and "A". Copy the files to the clipboard by pressing "control" and "C". Navigate to your memory card and paste the files with "control" and "V" into the appropriate directory.
On a Macintosh, use the "command" key instead of the control key.
This can be caused by three things:
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