Services for General Public
The Commission serves the general public through a variety of programs provided by the Commission and in cooperation with other libraries and agencies.
The Development Services Bureau works with individuals and groups to promote library advocacy for the improvement of all libraries in Mississippi.
The Commission’s Primary Resource Library is open to the public and anyone 17 or older may visit and use available materials. Anyone under 17 must be accompanied by an adult (unless special prior arrangements are made to access the federal documents collection). Adults in good standing at their local library may check out materials upon completion of a Commission library card application and presentation of their local library card and a state issued photo identification.
The Primary Resource Library online catalog and collection contains print and electronic resources selected to support state government and assist public libraries’ efforts to meet user needs. Select electronic resources are available remotely to Commission library card holders. Reference services are also available to the public. In addition to the reference and general non-fiction collections, specialized collections and services include: fiction and non-fiction in large print; the Mississippi Collection, containing fiction books by Mississippians and non-fiction works about Mississippi; the Patent and Trademark Resource Center; the State Documents Depository Collection; and the Federal Document Collection.
The Statewide Virtual Union Catalog and Interlibrary Loan System (VUC/ILL) enables users to search the online catalogs of numerous Mississippi libraries at the same time.
The Blind and Physically Handicapped Library Services (BPHLS) and the BPHLS online catalog provide materials in a specialized format for those who are blind, visually impaired and cannot see to read standard print, are physically handicapped and cannot hold a book, or who have an organic reading disability such as dyslexia. Audio books on cassette and cartridge are available for loan along with specialized playback equipment. Descriptive videos are also available.
MAGNOLIA provides access to a wide range of full text online resources. Access is free to all Mississippians through the Commission and local public libraries, public school libraries, and public academic libraries.
The Mississippi Center for the Book is housed at the Library Commission and is concerned with promoting books, reading, libraries, and literacy in society.
These services are partially funded under the federal Library Services and Technology Act administered by the Mississippi Library Commission for the Institute of Museum and Library Services.