The library has four monthly book clubs:
- Monday Night Book Club
- Wednesday Noon Book Club
- Petal Book Club
- Nonfiction Book Club
All book clubs are offered in-person. Check our calendar for updated meeting times/formats.
- Hattiesburg Library - Main Lab: 20 computers
- Hattiesburg Library - Youth Lab: 6 computers
- Petal Library: 4 computers
Group Study Rooms
The library offers group study room reservations on a first-come, first-serve basis. In the interest of fairness, reservations cannot exceed four (4) hours per day and patrons may only make one (1) reservation at a time.
*NO FOOD OR DRINK PERMITTED*
- Group Study 1 (max. = 10 people)
- Group Study 2 (max. = 6 people)
- Group Study 3 (max. = 6 people)
- Quiet Study (max. = 24 people)
- Meeting Room (max. = 14 people)
Placing an online hold for items is the best way to get the books you want; either by coming into the library or using our curbside pickup service. Hold notifications let you know that we have the material ready for you to pick up. This instruction sheet contains more information about the process.
Interlibrary Loan (ILL)
Can't find what you need in our catalog? Fill out our interlibrary loan (ILL) form to see if we can borrow your item from another library.
Library Card Eligibility
Want to sign up for a library card? Bring proof of your identity and your address to either the Hattiesburg Library or Petal Library. You can also apply online.
Library cards are free of charge to residents and property owners from Hattiesburg, Petal, and Forrest County. The library is supported by taxpayers from these locations.
Non-residents may purchase a library card for fifty dollars ($50.00). The fifty dollar non-resident fee covers an entire household and must be renewed annually. Non-residents who cannot afford to meet this financial responsibility may apply for a waiver.
Printing services are available from any of our public computers at Hattiesburg or Petal.
- $0.20/page - Black & White
- $1.00/page - Full Color
- $0.20/page - Physical Copies
- $2.00/page - Faxing
- Free - Scan to Email
Please note: Payments can only be accepted via cash or check.
Homework assignments are eligible for a limited amount of cost-free printing. Ask a librarian for more information.
Reader's Advisory Services
Goodreads, Amazon, and other robots can't beat good old-fashioned service. Our librarians can hand-pick selections for you based on your reading preferences! Fill out our reading advice form and we'll get started on finding what you should read next.
We offer research assistance for students, genealogists, and the general public. Submit your questions via our reference form or call 601.582.4461 for further assistance. Please allow at least 7 business days for your question to be answered - we strive to provide answers as soon as staffing and library operations allow.
Tour the Library
Want to find out what's going on at the library? Sign up for a free tour! Whether you're interested in a tour for just your family or for your whole classroom, we've got you covered.
Tours are offered on a first-come, first-serve basis. Availability is dependent on operation hours, staffing, and demand. Please schedule tours no less than two weeks in advance.
THURSDAY THEATER IS BACK! Free admission to select films in our Meeting Room @ 2pm every Thursday - check our calendar for film selections.
Visually Impaired & Print Disabled Services
The Library can assist with setting up free mail service from the Library of Congress. Fill out and return this application (or call 601.582.4461 to have the library mail you a hard copy).