Library archives to officially open this afternoon

The Biloxi Public Library’s Local History & Genealogy Department will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house this afternoon at its new location, on the third flood of the downtown Biloxi Post Office.

The ribbon-cutting will be at 4 p.m., and a public reception will be from 4 to 6 p.m. The post office is at 135 Main St., a couple blocks north of U.S. 90.

The local history and genealogy division of the library is a research center that houses period photographs and books, city directories through the years, cemetery records, and a microfilm catalog of the Sun Herald and its forerunner The Daily Herald dating back to its founding in 1888.

“This material is invaluable to those doing family histories or doing property research to establish how old a structure is,” said Jamie Ellis, who oversees the local history division.

The archives, which had been stored at the downtown library before Katrina, were temporarily housed at the Pass Road library before returning downtown.

The new center, which has been setting up its downtown office since mid-July, will have hours of 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays except for Thursday, when hours are from 9 a.m. to noon on Thursday.

To learn more about the division and see its online resources, click here.