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Welcome to Your Jackson-George Regional Library System -
Your Window to the World!

Jackson-George Regional Library System
Libraries in St. Martin, Ocean Springs, Gautier, Vanlceave, Pascagoula, Moss Point, East Central/Hurley, and Lucedale/George County

Consistently, the Jackson-George Regional Library System has ranked as one of Mississippi's top public library systems. With our headquarters library located in Pascagoula, our system has branches in the cities and communities of East Central, Gautier, Lucedale, Moss Point, Ocean Springs, St. Martin and Vancleave. More than 80 employees keep these eight branches open to the public for a total of 455 hours each week, Monday through Saturday.

We invite you to take full advantage of the many services we have to offer you and your family. Let us show you why!

Your library card is free
You can obtain a library card at any of our eight local branch libraries. Your original library card is issued at no cost to you and is valid at all locations.

To get your card, all you need is an official photo I.D. and proof of a local address such as a utility bill, or other letter mailed to your street address.

You can use your library card immediately. There is no waiting period or minimum residency requirement. Limitations do apply to video items.

Loan periods
We loan books, audio books, audio players, and magazines for a circulation period of three weeks and video recordings, music CDs, VHS or DVDs, for seven days.

But no matter what the loan period, the due date is always the latest date stamped on the date due label attached to the item.

For your convenience, materials checked out at any JGRLS library may be returned to any other JGRLS branch. There is a book return slot located at all libraries for use when the library is closed.

We’ll get items for you
If the information or book you want is not in the library you're using, every effort will be made to obtain it for you. If the item is availabe from another library within the regional system, it can be delivered to the library most convenient to you. We’ll call and let you know it has arrived and then hold it for 5 days for you to pick up.

We can also arrange for books not owned by our library system to be borrowed from college and public libraries in the state and throughout the nation. This service is called Inter-Library Loan or ILL. It takes extra time, so please ask early if you have a deadline.

So much more than just books
We have books of every stripe, color, and hue. But we have so much more! You can check-out audio book cassettes, E-Books, music CDs, DVDs, video cassettes, MP3 audio devices, and large-print books.

The library system also has a collection of more than 6,500 DVDs as well as thousands of video tapes that include subjects about travel, educational topics, how-to, and self-improvement titles.

Automated on-line catalog
Can't remember all that? Don’t worry. All of our libraries have an On-Line Public Access Catalog - a computerized listing, updated daily, of the more than 230,000 items in the library system's collection.

You can access this service from home on the Internet at the above link. And if you need help – our staff will be glad to show how to use the catalog.

The on-line catalog has been designed for ease of use and requires no knowledge of computers or library processes. You may browse the on-line catalog just as you once did the drawers of a card catalog, searching for materials by author, subject, title, series or call number. You can also conduct keyword searches.

Feel free to experiment. Try it. The on-line catalog is the best way to learn to retrieve information and discover the most direct method for finding items you need. You can't hurt the computer system or accidentally alter library records.

Other library services
If all that isn't enough, we also have: paperback book swap shelves; reproducible federal tax forms; Talking Book Service for eligible handicapped persons, and service to the homebound.

Most of our libraries also offer free meeting rooms. Contact your local library for details.

Car seats are available through the C.A.N.D.Y. (Citizens Against Needless Death in Youth, a United Way agency) car seat leasing program at most branches.

Free Computer Classes
Need to learn how to use the computer or improve your current skills? JGRLS has been providing free computer classes since September 1999. A broad range of classes cover the essentials of basic computer and internet use, as well as Microsoft Word, Excel and Power Point. Stop by any branch for the current schedule or visit our web page.

Public Law Library at Pascagoula
The main goal of the Jackson County Law Library is to provide a range of information to the legal community and general public, by collecting, organizing, preserving, and disseminating legal and law related information. Also, by providing effective service utilizing electronic information systems and Internet to provide access to new information, products and services.

For our younger users
Your child may have a library card whenever you feel she or he is capable of having one. At age 17, a user can get a card on their own signature. Before that age, a parent or guardian must accompany the child to the library and bring official proof of the child's social security number and current address.

We have special programs all year - from puppet shows for preschoolers, to Summer Reading Programs for children of all ages, to term-paper clinics for high school students. Weekly Storytimes for preschoolers are scheduled in all our libraries. Check with the library nearest you for the exact time, or visit the Children's page.

Each of our eight branches features a special children's area with games and reading and play areas. Several of our branches also offer public use computers just for young people for children of all ages.

We're your information place
All eight of our libraries offer free public Internet access and are directly linked with the extensive state-funded MAGNOLIA family of databases. Public computers are available with the latest Microsoft software. Copy machines are available at all of our libraries as well.

All branches also have reference collections with a fine selection of almanacs, atlases, gazetteers, indexes, directories, bibliographies, dictionaries, encyclopedias, books of curious facts and biographical sources, plus selected telephone books.

Periodical collections, a good selection of popluar magazines, and both national and local newspapers are available at all branches for all ages and interests.

In the reference collection, located in the Headquarters Library in Pascagoula, you will also find extensive on-line information sources, a public computer training lab, and numerous specialty reference collections.

Geneaology and Local History Departments
The library system's genealogy/local history collections, located in the Pascagoula, Ocean Springs and Lucedale Libraries, regularly attract both amateur and serious researchers from throughout the Southeast and nation.

The library also maintains an index to the Mississippi Press covering major local events since 1966. The Mississippi Press or its predecessors are also available on microfilm back to 1874.

Renewal, Over Due Fines and Lost Items
Library materials may be renewed in person or by phone, twice. However, items cannot be renewed if they are over-due or on reserve for someone else.

Yes, sometimes we all forget. The fine for overdue materials is 15¢ per day per item. A notice is sent to you when library materials are overdue. To clear your record, please return the materials and pay the fines.

If you are over-due returning an item to the library, *keep in mind that you will not be able to check out any more items or use the public computers until all items are returned and all fines are paid (*fines cannot exceed $10). As well, items returned after business hours using the book return slots will be checked in the next business day and overdue fines could apply.

If an item is lost or damaged, the borrower will be responsible for any overdue fines and the fees to cover the cost of the material and processing.

We're here to serve you
Still have a question? Call any of our eight branches or reach us online, by e-mail, on our web site. No question is too hard or too trivial.

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