1934

Library service established in Hancock County as a WPA project - Louise Crawford, first librarian below with Mrs. Harrell at one of the first libraries in
Hancock County - - a log cabin Mrs. Harrell and her son built for a library.

1948

Library moved to Knights of Columbus

1953

Library established as charter organization. Library name changed to City-County Memorial Library. Location moved to Court Street

1965

Library converted from private organization to
public library. County Board of Supervisors
establishes it as public institution

1969

Headquarters moved to building at corner
of Dunbar and Ulman Avenues

Bookmobile becomes first Waveland Public Library located next to Waveland City Hall

 

 

1973

Federal Library Services and Construction
Act funds available for new building

1975

Headquarters groundbreaking

1976

Headquarters opened and Waveland opened on Coleman Avenue

1977

Temporary branch opened in Kiln

1980

Kiln Branch opened in old Farm Bureau Insurance Building

1983

Renovated Waveland Library dedicated

1989

Library System received LSCA grant to
expand centralized services area and install
integrated computer system

1990

All three branches go "on line" with installation
of new Dynix integrated computer system



1993

Groundbreaking for addition/renovation to
Headquarters building

1994

Headquarters moved to temporary quarters in McDonald
Building for renovation/expansion project


1995

Headquarters Library moved into newly renovated/expanded building

1995

Waveland Library renovated and renamed
Waveland Library Literacy Center

1996

Library applies for Library Services and
Construction Act grant to construct, equip,
and furnish new library at Kiln

1997

Library awarded Library Services and Con-
struction Act grant for new Kiln Library

1998

Hancock County Board of Supervisors
appropriates matching funds for grant and
$1.2 million to complete costs for construct-
ing, equipping and furnishing new 10,000
square foot Kiln Public Library

1999

Hancock County Library System enters into agreement with the Hancock County School District to open Mississippi's first joint school/public library.

 

2000
New 10,000 square foot Kiln Public Library opens.



2001

Hancock County Library System named only public library in the country
to receive the National Award for Library Service.


2003
The Bay St. Louis-Hancock County Library was named a National
Literary Landmark for historian Stephen E. Ambrose,
  who  used this library to research many of his books on American history.


2003
The Waveland Public Library was renovated and expanded to a
5,000 square foot facility on August 14, 2003.


2005
On August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina slammed into Hancock County,
destroying the Pearlington and Waveland Public Libraries.


2006
The Hancock County Library System was named one of five recipients of the
SirsiDynix Building Better Communities Award for providing a vital
community service by restoring Internet and telephone service for
community use in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.


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