Welcome to the Library and Resource Center
The Library and Resource Center (LRC) is a component of the Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired (DBVI) from which two fundamental programs are administered. Library services are offered to persons who are print disabled. The Library and Resource Center service is provided to local school divisions to support education of visually impaired and blind children.
Library services are provided free of charge to those eligible, through the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS) network of the Library of Congress. DBVI works with affiliated subregional libraries in public libraries in Alexandria, Arlington, Fairfax, Fredericksburg, Roanoke, Staunton, and Virginia Beach. The books and equipment are provided free to the affiliated libraries from The Library of Congress, and services are administered at the state and local level. Currently, 8,000 people who are print disabled are patrons of a lending collection of 80,000 titles recorded on cassette, digital cartridge, Braille, large print and descriptive movies. The library collection includes books and magazines covering a wide range of topics and reading levels. Required playback equipment and accessories are also furnished. Books and equipment are mailed to and from eligible persons using the “free matter for the blind” mailing privilege. The LRC is currently focused on the NLS transition to complete digital format, which will take place over the next three years.
A variety of Resource Center services are provided to blind and vision impaired students K-12, school divisions, and teachers in the Commonwealth. The Center houses an inventory of adaptive equipment that is distributed to blind and visually impaired infants, children and youth throughout the state. Inventory items range from technology such as Braille note-takers and specialized software, to Braille paper. The Resource Center also provides Braille textbooks, workbooks and novels for use by blind and visually impaired students in their local school districts. Orders for books in adapted formats are placed through the Virginia Department of Education’s statewide ordering system, AIM-VA, located at George Mason University. The LRC receives automated copies of orders for Braille. Textbooks are produced by the LRC or purchased from another state, and loaned for the school year. Expanding methods of Braille production continues to be a major focus of this program.
Hours of operation are 8:15 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.