Since it’s inception in 1925, the Braille Circulating Library has been in continuous operation, serving the blind community. From serving only the state of Virginia, the library has grown to serve the entire United States and many foreign countries with its resources on the web.
In 2017, library co-founder Louise Harrison McCraw was awarded the honor of being named among Virginia Women in History. We remain committed to the work she began on behalf of the visually impaired almost a century ago.
Resourceful Ideas for Your Extended Downtime
Most of us are spending more time at home these days. If you’re looking for a fresh occupation, why not take advantage of our many resources that will enrich your life?
Our Website Audio Library is a great place to start! Current categories available here include Fiction, Biographies and Bible Studies. Register to begin listening today!
Other library resources are comprised of braille and large print books and cassettes. These are mailed free of charge to your home. They’re listed on this site and can be checked out by contacting the library.
Our Braille Book and Cassette collections include material for all ages:
Adults can enjoy both fiction and non-fiction, in braille, large print or cassette. You can also find hope and encouragement from Billy Graham’s Hope for the Troubled Heart, and many other grounded pastors and teachers.
Children will meet new friends when they read about the Adventures of the Sugar Creek Gang and Danny Orlis.
Teenagers may enjoy braille and audio resources from both the main adult collection, such as Let’s Roll, the story of Todd Beamer, who perished on 911. They’ll also find good books or tapes in our Youth and Children collections.
The entire family can enjoy a variety of music on cassette.
Our library contains resources you won’t find elsewhere and we’re happy to share them with you. Enjoy browsing our online shelves! We look forward to serving you soon!
What’s Happening at the Library
Thanks to generous supporters and volunteers, the library has increased its resources and has also been able to provide a wider variety of resource formats.
A major effort is currently under way to convert all 1,500 titled audio resources to digital and place them on our website. Many are already available to registered members.
New Resources Are Now Available for Downloading
In pursuit of our vision to present articles, booklets and news on our website for downloading, several booklets by library co-founder Dr. James McConkey are now accessible in downloadable format. To access these, please visit Silver Publishing Society. For more information on Dr. McConkey, visit About the Library.
Some of these materials from our original library collection are available in both text and braille, and are not part of circulation resources. They are distributed freely upon request.
Spring 2020 Update
We have recently updated our site and completed the listing of the vast majority of our resources for the convenience of our patrons!
Good Help – A Tribute to Two Who Made Things Happen
One would be hard-pressed to remember meeting either Joe Hrubik or Robert Taylor when they didn’t have a smile on their faces, or a ready pun on their tongues. These qualities will be remembered alongside their legacy of “Good Help” in the annals of the Braille Circulating Library.
In addition to circulating braille resources, the library has a long history of providing audio resources to its members. Joe and Robert’s faithfulness in the creation and circulation of these materials spanned several decades.