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Blind and Physically Handicapped Library Services (BPHLS)


The Mississippi Library Commission serves as a free public library service for eligible Mississippi residents who are unable to read standard print due to a visual, physical or organic reading disability and for institutions which serve these eligible individuals (schools, hospitals, living facilities, etc.)  


BPHLS Collection

The BPHLS collection offers a wide range of popular fiction and nonfiction titles for adults, teens, and children.  The BPHLS collection holdings may be searched by anyone using the online  BPHLS catalog, but only registered BPHLS patrons may place requests.


 Materials include:

  • audio books and magazines on cartridge and cassette tape
  • Braille books and magazines
  • books in large print
  • descriptive videos (VHS & DVD) which provide a narration describing the on-screen action


Specialized Talking Book Players are also provided on loan, at no charge, to patrons registered and actively utilizing BPHLS services.  Equipment includes:

  • Digital cartridge playback machines
  • Cassette tape playback machines
  • Adaptive devices for the playback machines to further assist individuals with physical or hearing limitations


Materials are mailed directly to the individual’s home in special returnable packaging and may be returned to the Commission without cost through the U.S. Postal Service under the “Free Matter for the Blind and Physically Handicapped” privilege.


BARD: Braille & Reading Audio Download

BPHLS registered patrons may also register separately for the BARD service. This free service allows BPHLS patrons with internet access and an email address to search for and download titles to either a personal flash drive or a digital cartridge for immediate listening. New titles are frequently added to this service.   


National Library Service (NLS): That All May Read

The Commission is able to provide the above services through a partnership with the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS) in the Library of Congress.



Directions to the Mississippi Library Commission:

  • Hours of operation are from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday except state holidays.


For more information:


Call:      1-800-446-0892 (toll free) or  at 601-432-4116 (within the Jackson area)  


Fax:      1-601-432-4476                                        




Mail:      Mississippi Library Commission

             Attn: BPHLS

             3881 Eastwood Drive

             Jackson, MS 39211-6473.



Updated: 3/28/14


3881 Eastwood Drive  Jackson, MS 39211  1-800-MISS LIB (647-7542)  (601) 432-4111  1-800-446-0892 (BPHLS)
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