Mac Download Instructions

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Downloading Audio Books from BARD and WTBBL

There are more than 19,000 National Library Service (NLS) audio books available for download and over 200 WTBBL audio books available for download. By downloading books, or having a friend or family member help you download, you have immediate access to the newest titles and current issues of magazines. You can also keep the books you download forever!

Note: This service is only available to individuals eligible for Washington Talking Book & Braille Library (WTBBL) and National Library Service (NLS) programs.

Equipment Needed

• A Digital Talking Book Machine (DTBM) available for free from WTBBL or your regional library. If you don’t have one, please contact the library to receive yours. (A number of commercially available devices, contact the library to learn more)

• a computer with high-speed Internet access

• an email address

• a USB storage device (aka, thumb drive, flash drive, or travel drive).

If you do not have an email address and need help signing up for one, please call the library to talk to a librarian for assistance. 

Step One: Sign Up for an audio book downloading account

NLS Braille and Audio Reading Download (BARD) Account

Fill out the online application form at NLS BARD ( Your name and address must be entered exactly as they were given to WTBBL or your eligibility cannot be verified. Your login and a temporary password will be emailed to the email address you used in the application. When you log in, first create a new password. If you have problems with your password or application, please contact the WTBBL BARD administrator (206) 615-0416.

WTBBL Local Downloads Account ID/Password

If you would also like to download an ever-increasing number of WTBBL-produced audio books available through the WTBBL website, first sign up for BARD and then contact Library staff to activate your WTBBL account ID and password for downloads.

Individuals in other states may also use this service, but will need a WTBBL account ID and password. Contact WTBBL staff at We will verify your status at the LBPH library in your state and email you an account ID and password.

Step Two: Start Downloading Books from the WTBBL Website or NLS BARD Website

The following describes the 2-part process to download on a computer using Windows XP. If you have different operating system, such as Vista or Windows 7, dialog boxes and their choices may be slightly different.

Part 1 - Downloading your books or magazines

Step 1: BARD downloads: Log in to with your NLS username and password. WTBBL local downloads: Log in to with your WTBBL account ID and password.

Step 2: After login, you will be on the BARD or WTBBL main page (Figure 1). A good place to start is the recently added books and the most popular books pages. If you know what you are looking for, you can search using the "Search the collection" text field, which searches in the title, author, subject, annotation, book number and narrator fields. You can search for magazines by title or by recently added issues. Each section or search choice is marked with heading markers for screen readers.

Figure 1: Screenshot of BARD main page

Figure 1: Screenshot of BARD main page

Step 3: Once you arrive at your chosen book, find the blue underlined link associated with that book. The link will be below the book's summary. Click the link or press Enter to begin the download (Figure 2).

Figure 2: Screenshot of BARD search results with “Download” link circled

Figure 2: Screenshot of BARD search results with "Download" link circled

Step 4: Safari will automatically download the title into a "Downloads" folder on your hard drive (Figure 3). 

Figure 3: Screenshot of "Downloads" folder with the progress of our downloaded book circled

Figure 3: Screenshot of Downloads folder with the progress of our download book circled

Step 5: After the download is complete, go to the "Downloads" folder. This will be either on your Dock or in Finder's User section (Figure 4). 

Figure 4: Screenshot of pathway to "Downloads" folder (highlighted) in Finder

Figure 4: Screenshot of pathway to "Downloads" folder (highlighted) in Finder

Step 6: Make sure your flash drive is plugged into a USB port on your computer.

Step 7: Either Drag or Copy and Paste the downloaded book folder into your flash drive. You can now repeat the same download and move to flash drive process for other book or magazine titles. 

Step 8: After you have completed downloading and moving all of your books, close all open windows. 

Step 9: Eject your flash drive. 

Step 10: To play the books: insert your flash drive into the USB port on the right side of the DTBM. To browse through the books on your flash drive you will use the Bookshelf mode. To open the Bookshelf press and hold the Green (Square) Play/Stop button for 5 seconds to access the bookshelf. You will hear a beep and a voice announce “Bookshelf” and the number of books on the flash drive. Use the RW and FW keys to locate the book you want to read. To go from Book 5 back to Book 1, use the RW button. Push the Play/Stop key again to begin playing the book.  

If you have more questions, check out the NLS BARD FAQ page or call the library.