What Our Readers Are Saying

“Thank you for all you are doing to bring Christian content to those of us who are unable to utilize printed materials.  The Library has a rich history and mission that is as vital to blind people today as it was at the organization’s founding.  Thanks again for the volunteers and donors who have made it all possible.”  – K

 “Everyone likes to find a favourite spot to relax with a book in their hands.  Thank you for making this enjoyment a reality for the visually impaired.

 “Through books like Day By Day or Absolute Surrender, by Andrew Murray, or Lessons from a Sheep Dog and A Shepherd Looks at Psalm 23, by Phillip Keller, people may come to know and accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior.  Through Books like Born after Midnight, by A. W. Tozer, and Changed Into His Likeness, by Watchmen Nee, people can learn to have a deeper and closer walk with Jesus Christ.

 “Romans 10:15 says in part, ‘… How Beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things.’  Thank you for being the hands and feet of Jesus.”  – C

Information Center

Online Personal Study

An online reference section is now available for your convenience!  Visit our Personal Study for a collection of Bible study aids.  From there you can link to the Bible online, in English as well as in many other languages.

Downloadable Printed Material Available at No Charge

In pursuit of our vision to present articles, booklets and news on our website for downloading, several booklets by library co-founder, James McConkey, are now accessible in downloadable format.  To access these, click the following link:  Silver Publishing Society.  For more information on Mr. McConkey, visit the About section of our site.  Some of these materials from our original library collection are available in both print and braille, and are not part of circulation resources.  They are sent free of charge upon request.

Links to Other Helpful Resources

American Council of the Blind

American Foundation® for the Blind

International Guide Dog Federation

National Federation of the Blind

National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled

Online Braille Courses

Public Recognition

Long-Term Loan Has Cultural Significance

The Braille Circulating Library recently made the longest loan in its history – for three-years.  Of note also is the fact that the loan was made not to the blind, vision-impaired or print-disabled, but to the sighted.  A Lavender Braille Writer, loaned by the Library is currently on exhibit at the Virginia Museum of History and Culture.  This particular model was manufactured by the Perkins Company for a brief period of time before being replaced by the more durable metal models still in use today.

If you would like to see this item, visit the Museum’s Commonwealth Kids exhibit before the end of May 2025.

Braille Circulating Library Mentioned in Statewide Publication

The Summer 2022 edition of Proclaimer, the quarterly publication of the Southern Baptist Conservatives of Virginia, included a story mentioning the impact of the ministry of the Braille Circulating Library has on the life and ministry of an individual.  To read or download the article, select the following link then scroll down to Issue 2, Summer 2022, page six:  God’s Faithfulness.

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Braille Circulating Library – “Hidden Gem” Found Newsworthy

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 patrons in the United States and abroad.  While the Library has adapted to technological changes, the mission remains to provide Christian and inspirational literature in accessible formats at no cost to individuals who are blind, vision-impaired or print-disabled.

Donated funds have kept the Library in operation for over 98 years.