The National Library Service's BARD website, app, and associated services remain down and won't be back up until late Tuesday at the earliest, according to an informational Email sent to patrons. The BARD service, which provides book and magazine downloads via its website and mobile apps, was disabled after regularly scheduled maintenance at the James Madison Building in Washington, DC resulted in an equipment failure. The outage also means that magazines and other materials that are normally sent to patrons on cartridges are also delayed, as these are loaded using the BARD service. Here's one sample message from South Carolina.
To our BARD, BARD Mobile, and magazine on cartridge patrons, we have this message from the National Library Service.
"BARD Is Down. We regret that BARD is currently experiencing difficulties. At the present time we have disabled BARD until we can resolve the technical problem. The status as of 8:20 am EDT 9/4/2015 is that BARD will most likely be down until late Tuesday of next week. We will keep you posted with new information as we receive it".
Please note, this does not affect only South Carolina patrons but patrons all across the country. These BARD difficulties will also impact patrons receiving magazines on cartridges (in the red containers) since magazines are stored on, and assigned to patrons, using the BARD system.
Again, we apologize for the difficulties this shutdown has caused.
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J.J. Meddaugh is an experienced technology writer and computer enthusiast. He is a graduate of Western Michigan University with a major in telecommunications management and a minor in business. When not writing for Blind Bargains, he enjoys travel, playing the keyboard, and meeting new people.