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Braille Hymnals: A Big Request

Braille music hymnals are a big request in the Music Section — big as in the amount of requests we receive, and literally big in size, often expanding over numerous volumes. Part of my job is to digitize them, and I can say without hesitation that braille hymnals take the cake as some of the largest sized music books we have in our stacks.

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Photo of church pews and stained glass window inside St. Francis de Sales Church. Oakland, California.

You may be wondering what hymnals we have? Here is a condensed list from several denominations and organizations of faith:

To access items that are available from BARD (Braille and Audio Reading Download), a patron must be a registered user through a NLS cooperating library. Please contact us if you have questions.

Anglican Hymn Book. Words only. 5 volumes, BRM 29119.

Baptist Hymnal. Words only. 12 volumes, BRM 32625, available on BARD.

The Book of Hymns: Official Hymnal of the United Methodist Church. Words and music. 8 volumes, BRM 23958, available on BARD.

Christian Science Hymnal. Words only. 1 volume, BRM 07499.

Church Hymnal. Words only. 7 volumes, BRM 35612, available on BARD.

The English Hymnal, Church of England. Words only. 9 volumes, BRM 23809.

Evangel Hymnbook: Favorite Hymns and Gospel Songs. Words and music. 2 volumes, BRM 28733, available on BARD.

The Hymnal 1982: According to the use of the Episcopal Church. Words only. 15 volumes, BRM 29192 available on BARD.

Hymnal and Liturgies of the Moravian Church. Words only. 4 volumes, BRM 26033.

The Lutheran Hymnal, authorized by the synods constituting the Evangelical Lutheran Synodical Conference of North America. Words only. 4 volumes, BRM 25796.

The New Century Hymnal, United Church of Christ. Words only. 19 volumes, BRM 35878, available on BARD.

Pilgrim Hymnal. Words only. 8 volumes, BRM 35623, available on BARD.

The Presbyterian Hymnal: Hymns, Psalms, and Spiritual Songs. Words only. 18 volumes, BRM 34629 available on BARD.

Service Book and Hymnal of the Lutheran Church in America. Words only. 4 volumes, BRM 24219, available on BARD.

The St. Gregory Hymnal and Catholic Choir Book. Words and music. 9 volumes, BRM 30992.

Trinity Hymnal, Presbyterian. Words only. 8 volumes, BRM 35200, available on BARD.

The United Methodist Hymnal. Words only. 7 volumes, BRM32363.

Photo of men and women singing hymns, 1941.

Photo of men and women singing hymns, 1941.

These of course are not all the hymnals we have in our collection. Some of our books are more manageable in size and only contain a select number of hymns from a particular hymnal. Making items available electronically through BARD has also eliminated the issue of physical size. Please let us know if you are looking for something in particular.

 

 

 

 

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