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.)
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.
- 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.
Reference and research services are available to all types of libraries, state employees, and the general public. Reference staff can provide assistance to libraries to meet the information needs of their customers, to state employees seeking job-related assistance, or to the general public seeking information on a variety of topics.
If you would like to submit a reference request, please contact us via email, phone, or fax. You can also ask a question via online chat by visiting our blog and entering text into the chat box.
Toll Free: 1-877-KWIK-REF (1-877-594-5733)
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)
Mail: Mississippi Library Commission
3881 Eastwood Drive
Jackson, MS 39211-6473.