Using census records and referrals from community librarians, the Seattle Public Library wrote to every one of the approximately 1,000 blind persons in Washington and invited them to borrow books. Materials for the blind could be mailed for free and borrowers could keep items for a month. Volunteers became an important component in the library's blind services. They transcribed books and read to blind patrons at the Carnegie Central Library.
In 1931, the Blind Division became the Library for the Blind and with federal and state funding served blind readers in Washington, Alaska, and Montana.