Alabama regional library for the blind and physically handicapped


The Alabama Regional Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, a division of APLS, provides information and reading materials in Braille and recorded audio format to Alabama residents who are unable to use standard print as the result of visual, physical, or reading disabilities. The Regional Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (BPH) provides walk in service and has a special entrance and parking on the east side of the APLS building.

Alabama Regional Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (BPH)


Contact BPH

Contact us by Phone:

Local 334-213-3906

Toll free 1-800-392-5671

BARD is a free library service of downloadable Braille and audio reading material for residents of the United States and U.S. citizens living abroad who are unable to read or use standard printed material because of visual or physical disabilities. BARD provides access to thousands of special-format books, magazines, and music scores. The site is password-protected. All files are downloadable as compressed audio or formatted e-Braille files. BARD is a partnership between the National Library Service (NLS) and its network of cooperating libraries. NLS maintains the website, uploads titles, and supplies libraries with circulation statistics. You must be a registered BPH/NLS patron to use BARD. Call us at 800-392-5671 or 334-213-3906 to be registered for BARD.

What is BARD Express?

BARD Express provides NLS patrons with an easy way to access BARD. Use BARD Express to browse thousands of audio books and magazines, download them to your Windows-based computer, and transfer them to an NLS cartridge. BARD Express simplifies the process by providing a menu-driven interface, reducing the need to memorize a complex set of keyboard commands. What does this mean? BARD Express can be used with as few as four keys, while providing advanced functionality for the more adventurous user.

Learn more about BARD Express by checking out the Frequently Asked Questions About BARD Express or by browsing the BARD Express User Guide. Visit the NLS website at for additional information.