logo Welcome to the
Harrison County Library System
Your Source for Information
All the Libraries
  Home >   Library Services
Outreach Services

Bringing the Library to our Community

Outreach Services are Services for Library Patrons with Special Needs.

Outreach Services offer:

Audio players and tapes for the blind. These players and tapes are provided through the Mississippi Library Commission in Jackson at no charge to qualified patrons. MLC also offers accessories such as: Tone Arm Clip, Headphones, Extension Levers, Solar-panel battery chargers, and Pillowphones. Breath Switches are available for severely physically disabled readers who have little or not use of their extremities.

These services are totally postage free. All tape players and audio tapes are sent directly to the patron's home with return "matter for the blind" mailing labels.

There is a wide variety of talking books available: westerns, novels, non-fiction, romance, foreign language, mystery and even magazines on tape.

Our Outreach Program also offers free books and magazines for non-profit organizations. Some of the institutions we service are the Mississippi Department of Corrections, Youth Detention Center, nursing homes, and schools.

We are currently trying something new with our Outreach Program. We are offering Story Times to the residents of a couple of our local nursing homes. So far this program has been a big hit with the residents and employees of the nursing homes.

For questions, comments, and/or inquiries of our services, please contact Gen Thompson via email at g.thompson@harrison.lib.ms.us or by calling the Harrison County Library System at (228) 539-0110.


In November 2000, The Outreach Services Department of the Gulfport Public Library donated numerous books and magazines to the Host Room of the 28th Street Elementary School. These books and magazines were for Kindergarden through third grade.

In appreciation the children sent thank you cards and letters to our Outreach Services Librarian, Gen Thompson. You may view these cards and letters by clicking here.

Links to related Internet sites:

nyise acb
brc nfb bi

Research and Training on
Blindness and Low Vision


Guide Dogs for the Blind The Senior Dogs Project Accredited Online Colleges and Disability Education