Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

The staff of the Katrina Research Center have compiled a list of questions which are most often asked by visitors (in person and virtual) to the KRC. Below is the list in the hopes that it may answer some questions for those curious about the KRC and its work.

Where is the Katrina Research Center located?
The Center is located in the Gulf Park Library, USM Long Beach campus on the 3rd floor at 730 East Beach Blvd., Long Beach, MS 39560. Highway 90 is the best way to come as you travel west toward the campus. There is a stop-light at Highway 90 and Beach Park Place where you turn into the USM campus-you will not miss it as it is clearly marked and on the Highway. The library is the three-story building behind the empty shells of Lloyd Hall and Elizabeth Hall damaged from Katrina. There is an elevator or the stairs to the third floor.

What are the hours?
The Center’s hours are Monday-Thursday 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.; Fridays 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Do you have handicapped parking available?
There are handicapped spots located next to the library, however, we cannot guarantee those spaces will be available upon your arrival. We suggest contacting Campus security for additional parking information at 228.234.2068. Their office is located in the rear (north) of campus next to the tennis courts.

What is your photocopy policy?
Photocopies are provided as a service for research purposes only. We cannot make photocopies, due to limited staff. The cost for copying is .10 cents per page. Please be sure to bring change.

What is at the Katrina Research Center?
The Katrina Research Center has special collections of books, reports, maps, DVDs, CDs, other documents that are related to Hurricanes Katrina and Camille and other disasters.

Does the Center exhibit art?
Yes, the Katrina Research Center shows both special exhibits and on-going exhibits of portions of our permanent art collection.

Also, parts of the Katrina Research Center’s permanent special collections are on display from the very creative “Katrina Kollection” of dinner plates salvaged after Katrina that have been individually painted by Long Beach School students and the "Changes in the Neighborhood" quilt designed by Pass Road Elementary students in Gulfport, Mississippi and quilted by Peggy Guyton.

Do you have an admission fee?
Admission is free, however; we graciously accept donations for the Center.

Do you give tours?
Tour groups are welcomed to visit the Center. We would prefer at least a 48-hour advanced notice for large groups. Tours are free and open to the general public.

May I check out materials?
The KRC only checks out books and DVDs to current USM faculty, staff and students. However the general public is welcome to use the center’s study area to review materials.

Who can use the materials at the Katrina Research Center?
Everyone is welcomed to use our collections. We advise researchers to contact the KRC Librarian in advance via email at or by telephone at 228-214-3423.

How do I donate my personal papers or other disaster-related materials?
We welcome donations relating to our mission and collecting policies. We are currently seeking photographs, diaries, blogs, news clippings, books, correspondence, etc., pertaining to Hurricanes Katrina and Camille and other natural disasters. For more information contact the Librarian at or call 228-214-3423.