Welcome to the Braille Circulating Library!
The express purpose in the creation of the Braille Circulating Library was to provide Christian literature not available to the visually impaired and we continue to service the needs of those who are members, plus any who inquire about our services. If you are unable to find what you need on this website please give us a call, or email us and we will be glad to address your concerns. Among the 1,600 braille books and 1,550 audio titles we have multiple categories to choose from. Below are links for accessing our library resources and others that may be of use to you.
Library Survey Results
Thanks for all who participated in the survey that ended on October 31, 2016. Most gratifying was the 89% participation by the visually impaired! The winner of the $100 resides in California.
The data gathered is being used to fine tune our services to our members.
Historical Perspective of Braille Library
Library beginnings – In her own words
Miss Louise Harrison McCraw (1893-1975), an author of numerous books about the Civil War, became concerned after meeting with a group of visually impaired individuals in Richmond, Virginia, that there was a great need for Christian literature for the blind to access. There was at the time almost nothing of spiritual content available in Braille.
Miss McCraw was a friend of Dr. James H. McConkey (1858-1937), himself a prolific author. Dr. McConkey graduated from Princeton College in 1880 as class president, studied law and was admitted to the bar. He played an influential role in the work of YMCA and in founding the Africa Inland Mission.
As Miss McCraw wrote: “it occurred to me that the best service I could render the visually impaired would be to have the McConkey books, from the Silver Publishing Society in Pittsburg, transcribed into Braille for them.” Given the enormity of the need for spiritual Braille material, the idea of a library began to take shape. She then contacted Dr. McConkey, suggesting he have some of his books and pamphlets transcribed into Braille. The idea intrigued him and soon made plans to travel to Richmond to discuss the matter. Meeting with Miss McCraw he said, ”You know, if the Lord should see fit to initiate a work of this kind for the visually impaired, He might have a very definite part in it for you and it might have its base right here in Richmond.”