Since it’s inception in 1929, 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 patron in the United States and abroad.

In 2017, library co-founder Louise Harrison McCraw was awarded the honor of being named among Virginia Women in History.   We remain committed to her vison and to the work she began on behalf of the visually impaired almost a century ago.

Need a Break from the Online World?

If you’re looking for an alternative to the online meetings and classrooms, take advantage of our braille, large print and cassette resources!

All of these library resources 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.

If you still prefer to use your computer, our Website Audio Library can provide a break from your everyday audio intake.  Current categories available here include Fiction, Biographies and Bible Studies.  Register to begin listening today!

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


An online reference section is now available for your convenience!  Visit our Personal Study Room 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 Resources – Originals 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 Dr. James McConkey are now accessible in downloadable format.  To access these, please visit Silver Publishing Society.  For more information on Dr. McConkey, visit the About section of our site.  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 sent free of charge upon request.

We are continually grateful for generous supporters and volunteers who make it possible for us to provide materials in a variety of formats!

Audio Resources

Links to Other Helpful Resources

American Foundation® for the Blind

National Federation for the Blind

National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled